As the USS Theodore Roosevelt visits Portsmouth, here are 12 facts about the giant ship.
She is the fourth of the Americans’ Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
*Her radio call sign is Rough Rider. The original Rough Riders were Theodore Roosevelt’s volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American War.
*She was launched in 1984.
*Her first deplyment was a six-month patrol of the Mediterranean.
*She took part in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
*Her home port is Norfolk, Virginia.
*She was the first US carrier to be built using modular construction, with parts of the ship independently constructed before boing joined together.
*She took part in a Joint Task Force Exercise called Operation Brimstone off the coast of North Carolina in 2008 with ships that included HMS Ark Royal,
*Her flight deck is almost 260ft wide
*Her top speed is a little over 30 knots
*She carries more than 80 planes and almost half her 5,000+ crew are in the Air Wing of the US Navy.
*She gets her ‘Big Stick’ nickname from the president after whom she is named. Teddy Roosevelt’s simple political maxim was: ‘Speak softly - and carry a big stick.’