U.S. Navy

Watch these beautiful photos of the supermoon setting behind USS Theodore Roosevelt

Supermoon setting behind USS Theodore Roosevelt

Taken on Nov. 14, 2016 the breathtaking pictures in this article feature the brightest supermoon in almost 69 years as it sets behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Noteworthy Theodore Roosevelt, whose first deployment was a six month patrol of the Mediterranean Sea which took place between Dec. 1988 and Jun. 1989, is moored and homeported in San Diego undergoing a scheduled Planned Maintenance Availability.

Tasked with maintaining open sea lanes of trade and communications, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is capable of projecting air superiority to all points of the globe.


TR and her embarked Carrier Air Wing aircraft serve as outstanding instruments of peace. Anytime and anywhere TR reports for duty, she brings 4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory and 97,000 tons of diplomacy.

TR’s equipment and crew are always maintained at the highest state of readiness. This enables the ship to carry out a wide variety of missions, including: air warfare, strike warfare, surface warfare, undersea warfare and electronic warfare. TR also shares the task of replenishing ships at sea and performing a variety of non-combat missions, such as rescues at sea of people in distress and the transport of refugees and others in need of help.

In 2015, the Big Stick (as the aircraft carrier is called by its crew members who acknowledge President Theodore Roosevelt quote–“Speak softly and carry a big stick”) was part of the unprecedented Three Carrier Hull Swap, shifting homeports from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego, California. The Three Carrier Hull Swap allowed USS Ronald Reagan to shift to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS George Washington to shift to Norfolk. The Three Carrier Hull Swap took place in preparation for USS George Washington’s refueling phase and prevented thousands of Sailors from having to relocate across the country or overseas.

Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt / U.S. Navy

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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