The USS Theodore Roosevelt leads a flotilla of warships. Navy photo

The nuclear-power aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will leave Norfolk, VA, Monday on a worldwide deployment that will ultimately end at the ship’s new homeport of San Diego.

The 6,000 Sailors serving aboard the five ships of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group are scheduled to depart from Norfolk and Mayport, FL, and serve in the  5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

The aircraft carrier’s change in homeport is part of a three-carrier shift involving USS Ronald Reagan and USS George Washington. The Reagan, which is currently based in San Diego, is moving to Japan to replace the Washington.

Several Theodore Roosevelt Sailors will be returning to their hometowns in Southern California when the ship arrives in San Diego in late fall 2015.

“I flew out of San Diego to go to boot camp and I’m taking the scenic route home. I am very excited about the journey to come,” said Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Camilo Fernan

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.