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Old 01 April 2009, 15:12   #1
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USS Theodore Roosevelt

I have been told that the American Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will be arriving off Portsmouth at around 0430 on Saturday 4th April. She is planned to stay for about 5 days and will be anchored in Stokes Bay.

Whilst I dont think I will be out at 0430, I think it will make one hell of a cruise over to see, the weather looks good for the Sunday.


displacement: Approx. 97,000 tons (98,556.67 metric tons) full load
length: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters); extreme width: 252 feet (76.8 meters)
speed: In excess of 30 knots (34.5+ miles per hour)
complement: 3,950 crew
aircraft: 85
armament: Two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers; four 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts (so dont get too close!!)
class: Nimitz
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Old 01 April 2009, 16:14   #2
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I have been told that the American Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will be arriving off Portsmouth at around 0430 on Saturday 4th April. She is planned to stay for about 5 days and will be anchored in Stokes Bay.

Whilst I dont think I will be out at 0430, I think it will make one hell of a cruise over to see, the weather looks good for the Sunday.


displacement: Approx. 97,000 tons (98,556.67 metric tons) full load
length: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)
beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters); extreme width: 252 feet (76.8 meters)
speed: In excess of 30 knots (34.5+ miles per hour)
complement: 3,950 crew
aircraft: 85
armament: Two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers; four 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts (so dont get too close!!)
class: Nimitz
Some piece of Kit! saw its sister off the Texas coast a few years ago,made a believer outa me! puts the SUPER in 'Super power' apparently tracked 24/7 by Russian Nukes..back in the Cold war days anyway.Well worth seeing,and you dont even NEED to get close!
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Old 01 April 2009, 17:25   #3
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Is she Nuke powered ?
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Old 01 April 2009, 18:15   #4
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Yep, She has two Nuclear reactors (as if one wouldnt be enough, lol)
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awesome!!! a must see!
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If I can convince the wife & kids to come along I'm up for a look to see. I alway sused to see them when I lived in Lee on Solent & Portsmouth & oddly the city fill up with US sailors - who in my experience were always 1 st class & polite etc

will you be going from Xch or closer ?

Tides look OK for me on Sunday 5th - out by 10.30 ish & back in anytime after 3 pm .

Do you know if there will be restrictions on how close you can get ?
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Like you, if I can convince crew to come along Sunday would suit. Can I let you know on Saturday?

There will be some sort of exclusion zone, but how big, I dont know. It will be very well enforced!
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I'm hoping to get a crew together as well - but for me Saturday will probably be better but with a later start - probably launching from up the Hamble around midday. (Got to do Richard's footy match first with a 9.00 am kick-off in Crowthorne!). If this plan fails maybe I'll be Sunday as well!.
Anyone else considering Saturday afternoon?
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QUEEN'S HARBOUR MASTER PORTSMOUTH
LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS
No 11/09
Visit Of A Nuclear Powered Vessel To The Solent 4 - 8 April 2009

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that between 4 and 8 April 2009 a nuclear powered military warship will conduct a formal visit to Portsmouth. During this period, the nuclear vessel will be anchored at “C Anchorage” in the Central Solent.

2. Mariners are advised that the nuclear vessel is deemed to be “a vessel constrained by her draught” as defined under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS Rule 3(f) and 18) and is to be considered a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway (COLREGS Rule 9) at all times when underway within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.

3. Mariners are further advised that LNTM 40/05 (Dormant Exclusion Zone for Underway Warships) will be activated for the entry and departure of the nuclear vessel. In summary all vessels except those involved in the escort are to remain 250 metres clear of the nuclear vessel whilst it is underway. VTS Southampton, acting with QHM’s authority, will direct commercial traffic to keep outside this zone. Warning broadcasts will be made on VHF Channels 11, 12 and 16 as appropriate and the escort vessels will show blue flashing lights.

4. Whilst at anchor there will be a 250 metre Exclusion Zone in place around the nuclear vessel, which will be enforced by Ministry of Defence Police. Only vessels authorised by QHM will be allowed to enter this zone.

5. For the duration of the visit, miscellaneous service craft will be berthed alongside the nuclear vessel and mariners passing C Anchorage should amend their passage plans to ensure they avoid the restricted area. Vessels navigating in the vicinity are to maintain a listening watch on VHF and are to be aware of the effects of their wake and are to reduce speed accordingly.

6. Cancel this Local Notice To Mariners Thu 9th Apr 2009 (7 days)
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For the duration of the visit, miscellaneous service craft will be berthed alongside the nuclear vessel and mariners passing C Anchorage should amend their passage plans to ensure they avoid the restricted area. Vessels navigating in the vicinity are to maintain a listening watch on VHF and are to be aware of the effects of their wake and are to reduce speed accordingly.


C Anchorage is mid way between Stokes Bay and Ryde
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