Back where it belongs … in the water


Twenty months in dry dock will end Saturday, May 21, when the carrier Theodore Roosevelt checks out of Dry Dock 11 at Newport News Shipbuilding (so nice to be able to use the simple name again, though we should note that the yard is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries …) to a pierside location for the remainder of its 39-month refueling complex overhaul.

The Theodore Roosevelt's XO, Capt. Douglas C. Verissimo (left) stands by the ship's commanding officer, Capt. Billy Hart, to watch the initial stage of flooding the dry dock. // Navy photo by Mass Communications Seaman John Kotara

The hull actually got wet again beginning on May 16, when the shipyard flooded the dock for testing.

When the ship actually becomes fully afloat Saturday, the short trip to the pier will be TR’s first “underway” since it entered the shipyard in August 2009.

Since then, the Navy says the ship’s shafts, propellers, rudders, anchors, catapults and arresting gear machinery have been replaced or refurbished.

“Team Theodore Roosevelt has shown exemplary dedication in preparingthis ship for its return to the water,” said Capt. Billy Hart, TR’s commanding officer. “As we rebuild TR space by space and restore function to every system, sailors will shape the ship to serve the nation for 25 more years to come.”

So far, TR sailors have put in a ton of work. They’ve completed more than4,500 individual refurbishing and rehabilitation tasks and expended more than 1.15 million man-hours of labor, according to TR Chief Engineer Cmdr. Gunter Braun.

The crew is scheduled to move back aboard next year.


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  1. Retired Now on

    This 25 year old CVN now receives another 25 years of life serving our Navy. Let’s hope some 25 year old EXOCET missile isn’t fired from the back of a 25 year old pickup truck by a 25 year old coward parked next to some hillside near an ocean. It might take the crew 25 hours to put out the fires from a hit by the 25 year old ASCM, and then take 25 days inport to repair the damage. Probably at a cost of $25 million dollars, too.

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