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Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Group to Visit Cape Town

October 1, 2008       

U.S. Navy is committed to strengthening partnerships with South Africa 

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, at sea – Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TR CSG), assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, are scheduled to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, later this week as part of an ongoing effort to reinforce relationships, increase interoperability and address maritime issues.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is scheduled to anchor off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 4.  The cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) is scheduled to be pierside in Cape Town on Oct. 3.

“The U.S. Navy is committed to strengthening partnerships with South Africa, and this visit provides a welcome chance to advance our relationship,” said Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. “Our nations share a mutual interest in safeguarding the maritime environment, which plays a critical role in today’s global economy.”

The TR CSG ships are scheduled to host formal visits, regional security cooperation activities, military-to-military exchanges, and to participate in a variety of community relations activities.  Senior officers from the ships will also conduct office calls with South African government and military leaders to discuss maritime safety and security.

 “The South African government has invited us to visit Cape Town, and we are grateful for the opportunity,” said Rear Adm. Frank Pandolfe, Commander of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.  “We look forward to strengthening the relationship with the South African Navy.”

During the port visit, crewmembers will have the chance to enjoy the culture and beauty of Cape Town, participate in a wide variety of community relations projects, and tour some of the surrounding areas.  In total, more than 4,600 Sailors will visit Cape Town.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be here in Cape Town as representatives of the American people,” said TR Commanding Officer Capt. Ladd Wheeler.  “Getting the chance to learn about and interact with different militaries and cultures is an invaluable experience for our Sailors.”

The TR visit to Cape Town marks the first time a U.S. carrier has visited South Africa in more than 40 years.  The last carrier to visit South Africa was the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1967.

More information is available on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT web site.