USS Theodore Roosevelt leaves Portsmouth

USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Solent. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150463-2)
USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Solent. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150463-2)

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AMERICAN aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left Portsmouth today.

The ship has been in the city since Sunday for a five-day stopper.

USS Theodore Roosevelt. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

USS Theodore Roosevelt. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The 100,000-tonne vessel anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, as it is too big to sail into Portsmouth Harbour.

When it arrived the promenade was packed with visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the 1,092ft-long carrier, which is affectionately known as the Big Stick.

More than American 5,000 sailors descended on Portsmouth during the visit, giving a boost to local businesses.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US Navy on carrier operations until the first of the new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service in 2017.