The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt leads the USS Russell and USS Bunker Hill
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt leads the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Navy photo

There’s a popular aphorism that it’s hard to turn an aircraft carrier, but a new photo shows how agile one of the Navy’s 105,000-ton behemoths can be.

The photo shows the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt executing a sharp turn while maneuvering in formation with two other local ships, the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and and guided-missile destroyer USS Russell.

The ships were operating in the eastern Pacific Ocean when Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony J. Rivera snapped the photo.

The nuclear-powered Roosevelt carries a crew of 3,200 and supports an air wing of 2,500 with 90 aircraft.

The Navy has 10 Nimitz-class supercarriers like the Roosevelt, the brand new USS Gerald R. Ford, and two more Ford-class carriers under construction.

Chris Jennewein

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