The USS Theodore Roosevelt underway. Navy photo

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill are scheduled to depart San Diego on Friday for a regularly-scheduled deployment, the Navy announced.

The ships will join the destroyers USS Halsey, USS Sampson and USS Preble to form the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

“The U.S. Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9. “After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”

The strike group will deploy with approximately 7,500 sailors and Marines and will focus on maritime security and theater security in both U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

“It is a privilege and joy to lead this magnificent crew out on deployment,” said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, the Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “We are grateful for the steadfast assistance provided by those responsible for manning, training and equipping this ship and air wing team, as well as the support and sacrifice of our families and friends in San Diego and beyond.”

It will be the first deployment for the nuclear-powered Roosevelt from San Diego since it was transferred here in 2015.

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Chris Jennewein

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