The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) arrived in Guam for a port visit, Feb. 7.
While in Guam, Theodore Roosevelt and Pinckney are planning to conduct multiple community relations projects, shipboard tours and sporting events. Sailors will also have the chance to experience highlights of the area and local sights through tours organized by the ships’ Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs.
“Guam has a long history with the U.S. Navy and is very important to the operations we support in the Pacific,” said Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt. “It is our privilege to visit and experience that history and shared culture first hand.”
Approximately 6,000 Sailors will be in port Guam during the visit. More than 20 Sailors currently aboard Theodore Roosevelt are from Guam, including Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Jolyn Sannicolas. Those Sailors were given the opportunity to depart the ship first and reunite with their families.
“It’s such a relief to come back home,” said Sannicolas, “While it will be heartwarming to spend time with my family, I’m most excited for our shipmates to be able to experience the culture, food, and scenic areas the island of Guam has to offer; Go to the beach, be adventurous, try new things, and make the most that you can out of this port but most of all be smart and stay safe!”
Theodore Roosevelt and Pinckney, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, left their homeport of San Diego, Calif., Jan. 17 for a regularly-scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.