The Big Stick is Back – Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Completes 4-year RCOH Overhaul

USS Theodore Roosevelt approaches the piers at Norfolk Naval Base, Va., on Aug. 29, returning after a four-year absence. At right is the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), which completed her refueling overhaul in 2005. (Newport News Shipbuilding photo)

Four years to the day after being towed and pushed across Hampton Roads, the mighty USS Theodore Roosevelt returned to Naval Base Norfolk Aug. 29, fresh from four days of sea trials that capped the most comprehensive overhaul the ship will ever have.

TR is now back from a $2.622 billion Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at the Newport News Shipbuilding yard of Huntington Ingalls Industries. And – unlike the previous three carriers who went through the RCOH process – no follow-on shipyard work is planned, all “emergent” work having been included in the main overhaul.

The RCOH, carried out at the midway point in a carrier’s planned 50-year service life, is expected to keep the ship running another 23 years, according to the US Navy.

Roosevelt, who returned to Norfolk from her last deployment in April 2009, will now begin the long workup process to return the ship’s crew to full combat proficiency.

USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at the Newport News shipyard in late March to begin her RCOH, scheduled to be completed in November 2016.

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Tugs push the Roosevelt out of her berth at Newport News on Aug. 25 to begin sea trials, the first time since 2009 the carrier has been underway on her own power. At left is the USS Enterprise (CVN 65), undergoing inactivation. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato)

Tugs nudge the carrier's prow to point downstream. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato)

The Roosevelt heads down the James River towards Hampton Roads on Aug. 25. At right is the Enterprise. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Davis Anderson)

The Roosevelt underway off the Virginia coast on Aug. 27. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds)

The ship's Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) countermeasure wash down system was thoroughly tested. Here, Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Janet Salas tests a sprinkler. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bounome Chanphouang)

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Shanice Houser talks to the weapons department to test weapons elevators. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephane Belcher)

Roosevelt crewmembers conduct "no load" practice on Catapult Four during sea trials on Aug. 25. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer Fournier)

Rear Adm. Thomas J. Moore, program executive officer for aircraft carriers, has breakfast with Roosevelt crew members on Aug. 25. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Rooney)

The Roosevelt underway on Aug. 27 in the midst of four days of sea trials. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds)

This was the Roosevelt on Aug. 29, 2009 as she was backed away from the Norfolk Naval Base piers to begin the refueling overhaul. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique Watts)

On May 21, 2011, halfway through the overhaul, the Roosevelt was refloated from drydock and moved to a riverside berth at Newport News. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean Hurt)

TR at the end of her last deployment, crossing the Atlantic on April 15, 2009 with the aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Laird)

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