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Theodore Roosevelt

President RooseveltBorn in 1858 in New York City, and died in 1919 in Oyster Bay, New York.

During the Spanish American War, he led the Rough Riders in the charge up San Juan Hill.  He was a conservationist, naturalist, badlands rancher, big-game hunter, trust-buster, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

As a Republican,  he became the twenty-sixth President of the United States when President McKinley was assassinated.  He served as President from 1901 through 1909.  His “speak softly, and carry a big stick” philosophy was instrumental in increasing America’s influence around the world.  President Roosevelt was the first President to ride a submarine, and was responsible for creating “Submarine Pay”.

He later ran again for President, this time as a candidate of his own “Bull Moose” party.

USS Theodore Roosevelt
SSBN 600

Back to Roosevelt PageThe “TR” was launched in October 1959, in Mare Island, California, sponsored by Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longsworth. The ship was commissioned on February 13, 1961.  In March of that year, the Roosevelt became the first Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine to transit the Panama Canal.  (That is significant because the Canal was completed, largely due to the efforts of President Roosevelt.)  On July 19th, she started her first deterrent patrol from Charleston.

In March 1968, while returning to Holy Loch, Scotland from patrol, the Roosevelt “bounced” off an underwater mountain, causing flooding.  Quick action by the crew saved the ship.  The Torpedo Room was isolated and was pressurized to keep the sea out.  The ship was repaired, and the Roosevelt continued to make deterrent patrols until it completed its 43rd patrol in 1978.

USS Theodore Roosevelt was decommissioned on February 28, 1981.
 

and the beat goes on

USS Theodore Roosevelt, SSBN 600, was decommissioned in February 1981.  In USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71October of that year, construction was begun on USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN 71, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier.  The new “TR” was placed in active service in October 1986, and served with great distinction in the Gulf War.  The Roosevelt is currently carrying America’s “Big Stick” in the war against terrorism.

For more information on the new Theodore Roosevelt, check out their official webpage:

USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 Homepage

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