IDF officers visit US aircraft carrier off Italian coast

In a visit with US forces on a four-acre-long aircraft carrier off the coast of Italy, senior IDF officers observe how things operate on the USS Theodor Roosevelt.

April 8, 2015 16:39
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IDF officers visit US aircraft carrier. (photo credit: MATTY STERN, US EMBASSY TEL AVIV)

Seven senior IDF officers, lead by Operations Branch head Maj.-Gen. Yoav Har-Even, visited US aircraft carrier the USS Theodor
Roosevelt in recent days and sailed with it in the Mediterranean Coast off of Sicily, Italy.

The officers observed flight and maritime operations from the four-and-a-half acre flight deck the Nimitz-class carries, and were briefed on how sailors organize, direct, and move aircraft while they are on board the vessel.

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They also learned about the operations of the ship, the flight squadrons, and the Carrier Strike Group. The activities included an up-close view of flight operations such as catapult launches, an in-air refueling demonstration, arrested landings, search and rescue operations, and a tour of the ships vast aircraft hangars, flight squadrons, operation center, bridge, and flight control tower.

Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).

From its headquarters in Naples, Italy, the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa oversee joint and naval operations, often in concert with partners.

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