An F-18 jet lands on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in September. Navy photo

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort ships left San Diego Monday for training in preparation for a new deployment, according to media reports.

The ship movements were not immediately confirmed by the Navy, but reported by the independent U.S. Naval Institute, which cited ship spotters.

The Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group last deployed from January to July, during which a massive COVID-19 outbreak infected more than 1,200 of the 4,800 sailors and killed one, Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr.

The ship’s departure took place on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Chris Jennewein

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