Fast facts about USS Theodore Roosevelt, homeported in San Diego

The aircraft carrier — yes, the one seen in “Top Gun: Maverick” — shifted its homeport back to America’s Finest City in March 2023.

SD USS Theodore Roosevelt San Diego Bay

We spotted a US Navy star on San Diego Bay, heading out to sea.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Being a Navy town, the sight of US Navy ships in our waters is nothing new. Still, during a late summer hike in Point Loma, the sight and scope of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) graciously gliding across San Diego Bay took our breath away.

With Veterans Day top of mind, let’s dive into a few facts about the Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier:

  • Launched in October 1984 and commissioned two years later, the ship is named after US President Theodore Roosevelt, dubbed “one of the architects of our modern Navy.”
  • The aircraft carrier was featured in the 2022 sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.
  • USS Roosevelt shifted its home port back to San Diego in March 2023.
  • The aircraft carrier spans the length of 2.5 football fields.
  • USS Roosevelt is currently conducting routine training in the US 3rd Fleet area of operations.
  • It’s scheduled to deploy sometime in 2024.
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