Tuesday, March 31, 2009

USS Theodore Roosevelt on its way to G20 Summit

The US nuclear powered carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transited out of the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar this afternoon.

The nuclear powered super-carrier is on its way to provide air cover for US President Barack Obama’s first official visit to the UK during the G20 Summit, following weeks of meticulous planning.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt will be within a day’s sail of Britain during the G20 summit.

The carrier comes equipped with an air wing of 90 aircraft including FA18 Super Hornet multi-role fighters and Sea Hawk helicopters capable of in-flight refueling.

The 90,000 ton carrier has completed a seven month tour supporting ground troops in Afghanistan where its aircraft flew 3,100 sorties dropping 60,000lbs of ordnance.

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