The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored in Jebel Ali Port in Dubai after spending three months in the Arabian Gulf, in a short call to allow for the crew’s rest and to stock up on supplies before returning to the Arabian Gulf, in light of its efforts to support the operations of the coalition countries to destroy the Daesh terrorist organization, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
Barbara Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE, said the visit of the aircraft carrier demonstrated the exceptional relations between the UAE and USA in the field of defense and military co-operation, along with topics of mutual interest and the historic ties between both countries.
In the last five years, 130,000 American sailors have visited the UAE. She added that the UAE is one of the most important allies of the US in the region, as tolerance is its important characteristic, which brings together many cultures.
The US Embassy invited the media on a tour inside the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier to learn about its weapons capabilities, anti-submarine missions, and to witness a demonstration of the launching of fighters and early-warning aircraft.
Captain Fred Goldhammer, Executive Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, expressed his gratitude for the warm reception at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, and the opportunity for sailors to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (also known by crewmembers as “the Big Stick” or within the US Navy simply as TR) is the fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Her radio call sign is Rough Rider, the nickname of President Theodore Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish–American War. She was launched in 1984, and saw her first action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.