USS Theodore Roosevelt to visit Pompey from tomorrow

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  1. According to this article in today's Pompey News, USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of the US Navy's twelve fleet carriers, will arrive in the Solent tomorrow and stay until Wednesday. She will be accompanied by the destroyer USS The Sullivans (name has a particularly interesting history). USS Theodore Roosevelt is one of ten Nimitz Class carriers in the US Navy and, to put her size into perspective, she displaces 10,000 tons more than our new CVF and the current HMS Ark Royal combined but I'm sure you knew that already. :wink:
  2. :roll: To Big to get into Pompey???? :wink: :wink: 90 A/C known affectionately as the Big Stick
  3. Wonder why such a big piece of war canoe was off our shores at this present time.

    Bolt hole for Mr and Mrs Obama perhaps!!!!!!!!!

    Had a thought, there will be more American matelots ashore in Pompey tonight than we have in the RN!!!! (Well nearly) :?
  4. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Exactly that according to the news a couple of nights ago, Marine 1 would have taken them straight out to the Carrier in any emergency.
  5. Here's a really bad image of her:

  6. She's really not that big when you compare her to the size of the yacht right next to her.
  7. [​IMG]

    Father Ted: ...OK, one last time. These are small... but the ones out there are far away. Small... far away... ah forget it!
  8. Well, that's the television reception in Alverstoke buggered until Wednesday!

    Are there enough places still open in Southsea/Portsea to entertain this lot?
  9. For all you spotters, depending on the direction of the tidal stream, Roosevelt can be seen at anchor in the Solent via this webcam. It is hosted by a privately run website, funded by donations, that's well worth a look around. You can also see the local AIS (Automatic Ships' Information System) picture and hear the associated marine VHF radio traffic on Channel 11 (right speaker) and Channel 12 (left speaker). Just don't stay on too long or you will prevent others from using the limited bandwidth available.

    Tune in to the Portsmouth Harbour Eye webcam here at the same time and you can even 'play' at being QHM. :)

    (Edited to reflect changed URL for Solent webcam)
  10. Just a thought?? will the new Carriers at 65,OOO tons approx(if we get them) be able to get in to Pompey??? The big stick is 80,000 tons Approx and has to anchor out.
  11. Basing was one of the major concerns of the CVF IPT (Integrated Project Team). Read this article in Beedall's Navy Matters.
  12. :lol: :lol: Ha! Ha! must have been written by P.T. still not convinced!!! yes/no/maybe??? :dontknow:
  13. I was on Gleaner when we surveyed the approaches into Portsmouth harbour. One of the concerns was whether it would disturb the Mary Rose wreck site should a channel be dredged.
  14. There were about 40 aircraft on deck on Sat. How does that compare with the RAF?
  15. Dont suppose they have that many Strike a/c :roll: :roll: Ps Their was probably another 40 in the hangar :wink: :wink: Was their Awacs on deck???
  16. Ugh, Scouse! Surely you meant to say "Were their Awacs....?" 8O

  17. Dey all talk like dat dont dey doe. :p
  18. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    On the lunchtime local news on BBC a USN Commander was at pains to point out how Teddy R's strike aircraft had been giving ground support to UK troops in Afghanistan. Which for me was rubbing in that the RN wasn't doing it, or not sufficiently (let alone the RAF whose job it actually is). The lesson being that the UK can now never go off on any op of its own, it can only operate with American support. If you turn that around, because except for political reasons the US war machine doesn't really need any help, internationally we seem to have become either an irrelevance or an unpaid assistant to the US. Which is not to say that our blokes aren't doing a good job, but as was rather cruelly pointed out at the beginning of GW2, if we don't join in we won't be missed. Just how much influence do we actually buy with the US? Obama seems equally keen to suck up to Germany which is apparently completely out of any commitment to blood and pain in support of democracy (which Afghans don't seem to go in for anyway, at least not for women).
  19. Some Theodore Roosevelt trivia (from the Colonies)
    Out of respect for the man, the ship and crew refer to President Roosevelt as Theodore (or T.R.) the nickname "Teddy" was from his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, and he later harbored an intense dislike for it due to her untimely death.

    Theodore Roosevelt was a friend of the U.S. Navy.
    from Wikipedia "President William McKinley appointed a delighted Roosevelt to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. (Because of the inactivity of Secretary of the Navy John D. Long at the time, this basically gave Roosevelt control over the department.) Roosevelt was instrumental in preparing the Navy for the Spanish-American War"

    Story is that while the SECNAV was calling in sick, Theodore Roosevelt as Assistant, purchased "the Great White Fleet"

    If the crew is granted liberty, please support the UK/US relationship by educating young US Sailors to the fact that good beer does not have to be ice cold and light..

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