The USS Theodore Roosevelt has been at the center of a media blitz centered around their Commanding Officer’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak onboard. To make it even more dramatic, he testing positive for the deadly virus less than a week later
Whether the Captain’s a hero or a villain depends on how you look at it. One thing we can all agree on, though, is that the battle group and crew are pure badass. Scroll down and be amazed at what our Navy has been up to.
First, let’s start off with how massive these ships are. Just look at it. And keep in mind that those are JETS on the flight deck!
Here is a side view for perspective. Again, those are actual jets on the flight deck.
Don’t be thrown off by their size, because these ships are extremely maneuverable. Look at the wake that they’re leaving behind them.
Their main armament is those jets, capable of sustained operations, bombing whatever country into the stone age, 24 hours a day for weeks at a time.
The carrier doesn’t deploy by itself, however. They deploy in what’s called a battle group, accompanied by a full complement of other ships that provide the battle group commander everything from helicopters to jets, from standard missiles to Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Theodore Roosevelt deployed with the cruiser USS Bunker Hill and several destroyers, USS Russell, USS Paul Hamilton, USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, and USS Rafael Peralta.
The USS Bunker Hill is the cruiser of the battle group. It looks simlar to the destroyers to the untrained eye, but she carriers a far larger and more lethal load of cruise missiles.
How bad ass are these missiles? Ask Saddam Hussein. Or Moamar Qaddafi.
While the carrier has the jets and the cruiser has the big guns, the destroyers are the more utilitarian ships in the battle group. Faster than the cruiser, they’re used to scout and patrol the ocean, using sonar and radar to detect submarines and aircraft. Often they’ll be spread far apart from each other and the carrier, creating a sonar and radar net to have a full scan of everything in the battle group’s area of operations. Deployed with the Theodore Roosevelt are:
USS Rafael Peralta
USS Paul Hamilton
There’s no news as to what’s going to happen with the ship’s deployment. What we ask is that you continue to support the crew and keep them in your prayers. Realize that these brave and women are facing the coronavirus just like you and I, but on a small ship where it is far more contagious, plus they’ve left their families behind so that they can go forward and defend our nation and her interests in hostile waters. True heroes, every one from the Captain of each ship down to the guy who just got there from boot camp.