Life Onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt: From Flying To Food

USS Theodore Roosevelt is effectively a small floating town, home to nearly 6,000 Navy personnel.

USS Theodore Roosevelt is effectively a small floating town, home to nearly 6,000 Navy personnel, deploying on an average for seven months at a time.

Currently, on her second tour of the Arabian Gulf, she is leading US operations against the Islamic State terror group.

Commissioned in October 1986, Roosevelt was the fourth of 10 Nimitz-class carriers to be built for the US Navy - and as one of the largest warships in the world, she operates on an impressive scale.

Onboard she carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days and with a crew of 2,900 sailors and 2,218 airmen, serves more than 18,000 meals a day.

USS Theodore Facts

The carrier’s desalination plant can produce 1.5million litres of fresh water from the sea every day.

Inside she’s fitted with two and a half thousand kilometres of cable and wiring, 1,400 telephones, 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets.

Named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States serving from 1901 to 1909, onboard are reminders of him and his passion for naval power. 

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Commanding the carrier is navy pilot Captain Carlos Sardiello and his cabin is a replica of President’s own office, furnished with the help of his family.

Capt Carlos Sardiello believes this is a fitting tribute: 

"It reminds us of his commitment and actions that transformed our navy into a global maritime force"'

USS Theodore Roosevelt

On average the Roosevelt’s sailors work 13.5 hours a day with one rest day a week. 

For Airman Haley Woodward, it is a rewarding job:

"It honestly wasn't what I expected and I was nervous at first but once I got in to the job I enjoyed it and I like being outside on the flight deck.

"I would rather spend seven months outside than inside, I like it a lot."

Despite being thousands of miles from home, the crew are still able to enjoy stateside coffee, familiar food and all the razzmatazz of homegrown sports.    

Superbowl USS Roosevelt

It may be 4am but below deck, hundreds of sailors and Marines gather to watch the Super Bowl.

Airman Jonathan Whitener, says:

"It's a good time to reset and just enjoy, forget that we are on a boat for a good three hours or so. We really appreciate it."


USS Theodore Roosevelt

The next generation of American supercarriers, the Ford Class, are due to come into service from 2020.

Onboard will be F-35 Lightnings and in years to come squadrons of unmanned combat aircraft.

However, with her nuclear reactors refuelled, the Roosevelt has another 20 years of life left, to continue delivering US military might across the globe.