Carrier Theodore Roosevelt needs more repairs
NORFOLK, Va. — Less than a month after returning from four years in the shipyard, the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is canceling at-sea exercises to get more work done, a Navy official said.
The carrier returned from its midlife overhaul Aug. 29 and went out for its sea trial soon afterward.
It got under way again Sept. 11 for various exercises and training and returned Sept. 20.
The ship was supposed to go out again this week, but immediately upon its return, officials decided to keep it at the pier at Norfolk Naval Station for repairs to the propulsion system, said Cmdr. Mike Kafka, spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic.
Kafka called the repairs part of the “life-cycle maintenance within the propulsion plant.” He declined to address directly a report that the ship had propulsion trouble during the recent exercises.
“I can’t discuss the specifics of any plant operations or drills,” he said. “There is sufficient redundancy in the propulsion plant design to continue safe operations under any conceivable scenario.”
The repairs are expected to take about 20 days, he said.