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Press Release 01-15
March 5, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group to Depart for Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – More than 6,000 Sailors serving aboard the five ships of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group are scheduled to depart their homeports of Norfolk, Virginia and Mayport, Florida Monday.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), commanded by Capt. Daniel Grieco, will depart Naval Station Norfolk along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), while the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) will depart Naval Station Mayport.

Commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, Carrier Strike Group 12 also includes Destroyer Squadron 2 and nine embarked aircraft squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 1: strike fighter squadrons VFA-11 “Red Rippers,” VMFA-251 “Thunderbolts,” VFA-136 “Knighthawks,” and VFA-211 “Checkmates;” electronic attack squadron VAQ-137 "Rooks;" carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-125 “Tigertails;” fleet logistics support squadron VRC-40 “Rawhides;” helicopter maritime strike squadron HSM-46 “Grandmasters;” and helicopter sea combat squadron HS-11 “Dragonslayers.”

While deployed, the strike group will serve in the 5th and 6th U.S. Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Media wishing to cover the Naval Station Norfolk departures should contact U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs at (757) 836-4422 by noon Friday and plan on meeting an escort Monday at the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Media arrival time is 5:30 a.m. for the aircraft carrier departure and 8 a.m. for the departures of the guided-missile cruiser and destroyers.

Media wishing to cover the departure of USS Farragut (DDG 99) at Naval Station Mayport should contact Naval Station Mayport Public Affairs at (904) 270-5226 ext. 1013 or (904) 219-4397 no later than noon Friday. Advance notification is required for access to the Naval Stations to cover these events. Theodore Roosevelt is departing from Norfolk to conduct a world deployment and return to her new homeport in San Diego. The aircraft carrier’s change in homeport is part of a three-carrier shift involving USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).


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