USS Theodore Roosevelt Participates In Northern Edge 2019
by U.S. Navy Seaman Terence Frank Deleon
August 14, 2019
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
and select ships from Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) joined U.S.
Air Force, U.S. Army, and Marine Corps service members for Exercise
Northern Edge 2019 (NE19) in the Gulf of Alaska on May 13.
May 2019 - U.S. Navy
aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducts
routine operations while participating in Exercise Northern
Edge 2019 off the coast of Alaska in the Eastern Pacific.
Northern Edge is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific
Command exercises in 2019 that prepares joint forces to
respond to crisis in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony J.
NE19 (May13-24) is the largest joint military training exercise
on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska, which
prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific.
“We are excited to be in the Gulf of Alaska, especially since
this marks the first time in 10 years that a U.S. Navy aircraft
carrier is participating in Northern Edge,” said Rear Adm. Daniel
Dwyer, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. “Alaska is a strategic
location, and joint operations and exercises here are essential to
the nation’s commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific
The exercise, hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces,
will be conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which
encompasses more than 60,000 miles of airspace throughout Alaska,
and includes support infrastructure from two Air Force bases.
“We’re going outside of our working area. It’s a little colder
than we’re used to, but it’s a good thing,” said Cmdr. Silas Bouyer,
operations officer of Theodore Roosevelt. “We’ve got to be fully
operational, not just when it’s sunny in San Diego.”
exercise will consist of approximately 10,000 active, reserve, and
National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, and will include
scenarios for defensive air combat, close air support, and aerial
deterrence of maritime forces.
“Our role in this exercise is
to bring multi-capable national assets to an exercise that will
improve joint warfighting capabilities,” said Lt. Roger Kim,
tactical action officer of Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt personnel and Carrier Air Wing 11 an opportunity
to sharpen their skills and to practice operations and techniques.
Also, it allows the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group a chance
to strengthen relationships with non-Navy commands and to develop
cooperative plans and programs with these organizations.
May 13, 2019 - An F/A-18F
Super Hornet, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, launches from the flight deck of
the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) while
participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2019. (U.S. Navy
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew
Participants of NE19 will serve as part of a joint task force,
which provide support to multi-service integration and exercise a
wide range of joint capabilities.
“It’s important because
when we deploy, no matter where we deploy, it’s not just a Navy
Bouyer. “We’ll operate with the Air Force airmen, soldiers from the
Army, and Marines. If you never spend any time working with those
services and then we deploy, it makes having that conversation a
whole lot harder if you haven’t trained with them at some point in
Bouyer also acknowledged the importance of Roosevelt
Sailors being mission-ready on a moment’s notice.
something were to happen, we’ll be ready for it,” said Bouyer.
“There’s no second guessing or second thoughts. We’ll be fully
prepared and ready and I think it’s because we’re doing something
The additional time at sea also gives
Roosevelt’s crew more opportunities to obtain qualifications and
time to get more comfortable in their roles.
can only perform operational checks while we’re underway,” said
Cmdr. Robert B. Beeman, combat direction center officer of Theodore
Roosevelt. “Being underway helps with grooming our systems and
making sure they’re up to speed.”
Along with Theodore
Roosevelt, participating ships include USS Russell (DDG 59), USS
John Finn (DDG 113), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USNS Henry J Kaiser
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