6000-Plus Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt Welcomed Home
6000 Homesick Sailors Aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier came home after a very eventful 6 months. What an extraordinary deployment. Much love in a virtual “welcome home!”
Since she left San Diego in January over 1000 sailors contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus; sadly, one died; the aircraft carrier laid over in beautiful Guam for two months; and under controversial circumstances in one of the US Navy’s most SNAFU’d command change, a hero Captain left the ship to recover from COVID-19 in Guam and move on to a new posting.
Coming home was also quirky. “We didn’t have our families out here after we’ve been gone for so long,” noted one crewmember.
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is home safe following nearly 6 months on deployment. More than 6,000 sailors from Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, deployed from San Diego, California on 17 January 2020 and returned home today.
“Homecoming was bittersweet,” says a NWOB nurse who is partnered to a crewmember of the Theodore Roosevelt. “We could not be there at dockside to welcome the crew and our family members home because of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” she explained.
“I hope they [the crew] know we will all make that up someday with the biggest and most amazing ‘homecoming’ party in the history of the Navy,” she added with considerable bravado and emotion. Because of the nature of hers and her partner’s work and the employers’ policies, she feels she should not be identified.
“It was a sobering feeling seeing that we didn’t have our families out here after we’ve been gone for so long,” said ATC First Class Daniel Adam Wright to local media in San Diego.
Background reading on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 17 January 2020 Deployment
- 1. Saluting people who make a difference aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt
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