The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Navy photo

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt departed the 7th Fleet area of operations Friday on the way to its new home port of San Diego.

“It has been an arduous eight months and the crew has done a superb job, and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to finishing strong and bringing Theodore Roosevelt to her new home in San Diego,” said Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the Roosevelt.

While in the 7th Fleet area, the Roosevelt participated in Exercise Malabar 15 with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, made a port visit to Singapore and hosted Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Malaysia’s Defense Minister.

“Our time in 7th Fleet was certainly well spent and eventful,” said Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12. “Malabar 15 was an excellent opportunity to build relationships and improve interoperability. It was also a pleasure to host Secretary of Defense Carter.”

“It was great for our crew members to hear, from the highest levels, why their service matters and how it is having a direct impact every day,” he added.

Before the 2015 deployment officially ends, the Roosevelt will pick up friends and family for a five-day Tiger Cruise that concludes in San Diego.

It is the first time the Roosevelt will pull into San Diego in the ship’s 29-year history.

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Chris Jennewein

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