Pacific Ocean (Nov. 3, 2003) – USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) personnel participate in a flag unfurling rehearsal on the ship’s flight deck during Tiger Cruise with the help of fellow tigers. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and embarked CVW-11 are en route to San Diego, Calif., following an eight-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson. (RELEASED)

Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 25, 2003) – An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron Ninety Four (VFA-94), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) are deployed to the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson. (RELEASED)

An F/A-18D Hornet and an E/A-6B Prowler are on elevator three to be brought to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Lemieux/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (March 16, 2008) Capt. Michael Manazir, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), performs a high speed fly-by in an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Tophatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, before making his career 1,000th trap. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed with the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. The 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed fleets with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner (Released)

Persian Gulf (Sept. 17, 2005) – An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41), conducts a mission over the Persian Gulf. VFA-41 is currently embarked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Tabor (RELEASED)

….Carry a big stick….

I suspect Theodore Roosevelt would have been especially proud of his namesake – a century after his American presidency – as United States Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) continues fine-tuning every aspect of her multi-layered missions….

….while the United States, the United Nations, and American allies strive for serious diplomacy….concurrently making military preparations for war….with a dangerous and threatening nuclear-armed North Korea (DPRK).

USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently joined by nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) – accompanied by their escorting strike groups consisting of cruisers, destroyers, submarines, fuel and supply ships, surveillance aircraft, and satellites – in the volatile waters of the far western Pacific Ocean.

The last time three American carriers operated in this area together was in 2007….and that was a result of more coincidence than anything else.

This is classic Teddy Roosevelt “Big Stick” diplomacy in action!

                                    Speak softly, and carry a big stick.

                                                             – Theodore Roosevelt (1858~1919)


>>CLICK the photo at the top for a closer view of USS Theodore Roosevelt….

>>Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Conor Minto, USN

#Navy #Celebrities (August 1980): Kirk Douglas (Left) stars in “The Final Countdown” as Capt. Matt Yelland, commander of the USS Nimitz, the world’s largest nuclear aircraft carrier that is transported back in time to Dec. 6, 1941 off the coast of Hawaii. Peter Douglas (Right), Kirk’s son, produced the action/suspense thriller.

(U.S. Navy Photo/NHHC Photo Archives/L File)