BREMERTON – The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is scheduled to arrive in Bremerton on Thursday, where it start a complete overhaul at the Puget Sound shipyard.
The carrier will join the USS Nimitz at the shipyard. Many of the approximately 3,000 sailors and their families have already visited the Pacific Northwest, where they encountered difficulties in finding accommodation in an airtight real estate market.
The ship will go into the largest and only dry dock on the west coast that can accommodate a transporter to the shipyard to work there, including making the transporter capable of launch and landing of the F-35C Joint Striker Fighter. The Navy will also upgrade the ship’s fenders, computer network and guns and perform preservation work on the hull, rudder, anchor and housing on board the ship.
The Roosevelt’s crew have undergone two deployments in the past year and a half; it was also the scene of a rapidly spreading COVID-19 epidemic that killed a sailor and made hundreds of people sick in the spring of 2020 at the start of the pandemic.