"A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace."
For these reasons, Theodore Roosevelt is considered the father of the modern navy, and that, in turn, was behind the Navy’s decision in 1981 to name the fourth of 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in honor of TR. CVN-71, better known as USS Theodore Roosevelt, was officially commissioned on October 25, 1986. This nuclear-powered super-carrier has a storied history of supporting naval operations around the globe in her quarter-century of operations.
Since TR’s commissioning, the Theodore Roosevelt Association has been a support organization for CVN-71, also known as The Big Stick, helping outfit the ship’s on-board museum, chapel, library and crew lounge. Each year since 1992 the TRA also has bestowed the Theodore Roosevelt Junior Officer Leadership Award on junior officers on board USS TR who best exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, professionalism and dedication to duty that were inherent in Theodore Roosevelt.
October 25, 2016 was the 30th Anniversary of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Craig Clapperton, shared with us a very special message and inside look at the ship and her crew.
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