The men and women aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) welcomed five members of the U.S. House of Representatives to observe underway operations and meet with Sailors while at sea, June 12-13.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize Congressional Members and staff with aircraft carrier operations and capabilities as well as creating a better understanding of Navy programs.
The group of delegates included U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann, William Flores, Kerry Bentivolio, Doug LaMalfa and Rob Woodall.
“I loved every minute of it,” said Bachmann of Minnesota, who was the senior member of the delegation. “Seeing how the crew works and how the flight deck operates, lets us know that this is the most important four acres of American real estate.”
During the visit, Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, met with the group to discuss day to day operations of the CSG and an aircraft carrier, as well as, what it takes to manage flight operations underway.
“It was great to have our congressmen come to TR and see the great work our Sailors are doing,” said Lewis. “I couldn’t be more proud in showing off what this great ship is capable of to our guests.”
The delegation flew aboard TR on a carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, receiving a certificate commemorating their tail-hook landing. Once aboard, the delegation visited several areas around the ship, such as the bridge, foc’sle and carrier air traffic control center. They also observed day and night flight operations.
“It was a great experience out here,” said Lt. Pia Chapman, Navy liaison officer and surface warfare officer. “It’s a much different perspective than being on a cruiser or destroyer. I have really enjoyed my time here.”
The delegation departed TR after seeing first-hand the ship’s capabilities as her crew trains to conduct future deployments.
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Heath Zeigler, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs