Hundreds watch USS Theodore Roosevelt leave Portsmouth

USS Theodore Roosevelt sails off. Picture:' 'Mark Rutley

USS Theodore Roosevelt sails off. Picture:' 'Mark Rutley

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AFTER five days of the best hospitality Portsmouth can offer, thousands of American sailors have set sail.

The destroyer USS Winston S Churchill and giant aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left the city yesterday after their visit to the area.

Hundreds turned out to watch the carrier pass Southsea seafront at around 1pm yesterday. One of those who turned out to watch the ship depart was James Brooks, 26, of Victoria Road North in Southsea.

‘I missed her coming in and so definitely wanted to see her depart,’ he said. ‘It was quite a sight when she came round the corner from Stoke’s Bay.

‘I hope more carriers like her come to visit. It’s a nice quirk of living in Portsmouth.’

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