USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Alaska
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Alaska. Navy photo

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and Makin Island amphibious ready group have converged on Alaska in the massive Northern Edge 21 training exercise.

“It’s been a breathtaking experience operating in the austere Alaskan environment, as we’ve put our procedures, equipment, and our people to the test of winds, seas, and icy temperatures,” said Capt. Henry Kim, commodore of the Makin Island group.

The Navy said Wednesday the Roosevelt has conducted more than 300 aircraft launches and traps as elements of the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Cold Bay on the Aleutian Peninsula.

The Makin Island group includes the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and amphibious transport dock ships USS San Diego and USS Somerset.

During the exercise, Marines flying Osprey tiltrotors established a forward arming and refueling point with 85,000 pounds of fuel for participating aircraft.

The exercise is being held in partnership with the Air Force and Army. Approximately 15,000 U.S. service members, six U.S. Navy ships and 240 aircraft are participating.

“Operating with our Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army teammates the first week of Northern Edge proved to all of us how strong we are as a joint force,” said Capt. Eric Anduze, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered Roosevelt.

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Chris Jennewein

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