The USS Theodore Roosevelt
The USS Theodore Roosevelt under gray skies in the eastern Pacific on May 9. Navy photo

Three San Diego-based warships are training with approximately 10,000 military personnel in the annual Northern Edge exercise in the Gulf of Alaska beginning this week.

The exercise, which began Monday and continues through May 24, involves personnel from the Navy, Marines, Air Force and various reserves along with 250 aircraft and five Navy ships. Both land and sea-based units are involved.

For the first time in a decade, a Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier — the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt — will be participate in the exercise. Other San Diego ships joining Carrier Strike Group 9 for the exercise are the guided missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.

The Navy said the exercise will prepare joint forces across different services to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The exercise is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships, and to develop interoperable plans and programs across the joint force,” the Navy said in a statement.

Chris Jennewein

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