USS Theodore Roosevelt to make a stop at Pearl Harbor on way to new home
By THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: November 15, 2015
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will stop in Pearl Harbor today after an around-the-world deployment that included more than six months in the Middle East and a shipboard visit by Defense Secretary Ash Carter in the contentious South China Sea.
The carrier’s strike group carried out 1,812 combat sorties totaling 10,618 combat flight hours, using 14.5 million gallons of jet fuel and expending 1,085 precision-guided munitions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, the Navy said.
Family and friends will be picked up in Hawaii on what’s known as a “tiger cruise” for the final leg of the deployment to the carrier’s new home port of San Diego.
“We are proud to welcome the warfighters of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to our waterfront and to historic Pearl Harbor,” Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said in a release.
During the visit, the crew will be able to enjoy liberty in Hawaii.
Theodore Roosevelt’s home port change is part of a three-carrier swap that also included the USS Ronald Reagan being forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, to replace the USS George Washington, which is on its way to Virginia for an overhaul.
When the Theodore Roosevelt, which left its former home in Norfolk, Va., on March 11, pulls into San Diego, it will be its first arrival there in its 29-year history, the Navy said.
Man receives 17-year sentence in attack linked to prison gang
A man convicted of leading a brutal attack to maintain his position in a Hawaii prison gang has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tineimalo Adkins’ sentence on Thursday.
A jury found him guilty during a trial last year that provided an inside look at the operations of the “USO Family” prison gang. Authorities say the gang has grown to at least 1,000 members involved in drug trafficking, violence and tax fraud.
Prosecutors say the 2013 attack Adkins led at Halawa Correctional Facility left the victim suffering traumatic brain injury and facial fractures.
Prosecutors say Adkins was the “shot caller” who ordered the attack.