The US Navy’s fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has departed Apra Harbor in Guam to continue its scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region.

As per the schedule, USS Theodore Roosevelt will be deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations to provide maritime security and promote regional stability.

Prior to this, the vessel left Naval Base Guam to enter the Philippine Sea for the mission.

Upon arrival of the ship to Apra Harbor, a phased and methodical procedure was implemented to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak among its crew.

The ship with its crew and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 concluded carrier qualifications too.

USS Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer Captain Carlos Sardiello said: “Returning to our mission in the Indo-Pacific after completing carrier qualifications is a significant milestone in Theodore Roosevelt’s conditions-based recovery plan.

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“Our mission was to recover the ship and recover the crew. We did not give up the ship and now our focus is on combat readiness, safety, and wellness of the crew.”

Personnel aboard the vessels also underwent newly implemented Covid-19 standard operating procedure.

The guidelines, responsibilities and procedures are implemented to prevent and mitigate Covid-19.

Sardiello added: “The crew humbly prepared to go back to sea, they had a job to do, and they did it without hesitation.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support by Naval Base Guam, US Naval Hospital Guam, and Expeditionary Medical Facility from Camp Pendleton.”

In April this year, hundreds of sailors started moving back on board the CVN 71 from quarantine as the ship prepared to return to sea following a deep cleaning process due to the Covid-19.