An F/A-18F Super Hornet sits on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt as the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson steams alongside. TNavy photo

The San Diego-based Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group has returned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations after four months in the Arabian Gulf.

The 7th Fleet operates from the India-Pakistan border to the International Date Line, an area that includes China, Russia and North Korea.

The strike group includes the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey, USS Sampson and USS Preble.

“We are prepared to conduct a variety of operations while in 7th Fleet,” said Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, commander of the strike group. “We will continue our reputation of excellence and show that we remain committed to U.S. Navy presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific.”

While in the Arabian Gulf and 5th Fleet area of operations, the strike group took part in Operation Inherent Resolve fighting the remnants of the terror group ISIS.

The Roosevelt left San Diego on Oct. 6 for the regularly-scheduled deployment.

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Chris Jennewein

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