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 Post subject: USS Theodore Roosevelt in Cape Town
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:17 pm 
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The USS Theodore Roosevelt was recently in Cape Town as part of a goodwill visit. Here's the first photo of several, enjoy!

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She was anchored about 4 km's offshore. Amazing sight.


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Mmmmmmmm... 4 acres of plane covered floating US territory :twisted: That's an awesome pic Niki! How many more do you have? I don't suppose they let anyone get anywhere near that thing.


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Not quite sure how many I have, I still need to get them developed (only camera I could borrow with a decent zoom was a film type). The above photo came from a friend of mine. The ship was too big to moor in the harbour with swells in the bay at the time, however there was a guided missile cruiser docked, the USS Monterey. The carrier is just an amazing sight, it's three times longer than the SA Navy's corvettes, has more crew on board than our entire navy, weighs more than all our ships together and has more aircraft on board than our airforce and you guys have 11 active!!!

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I saw a couple carriers and various other large ships in Virginia 3 years ago. They were probably 2 or 3 miles away, and were just ginormous. Cool ships though.


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awesome shot Niki!! I didn't realize just how big them carriers are!

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In 1967, my ship, the Franklin D Roosevelt (CVA -42) visited Cape Town. We had over 40,000 people tour the ship during our five day visit. Of course, we were tied up to the pier. Unless Navy policy has changed--nuke carriers don't tie up in any but US controlled ports, gerenally staying anchored outside the seawall. Table Bay was a tight fit for the Roosevelt at 990 ft in length--I couldn't imagine something bigger and wider in there.

When we left port we discovered 27 stow-aways during our transit of the south Atlantic.

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From what I understand Rob, the US Government is keen to utilise Cape Town as a stopover for ships, either the main harbour or the SA Naval base at Simonstown, (strategic importance or something) Apparently there is talk of upgrading one of the two harbours in order to berth ships as big as TR, as the oceans around Cape Town are becoming vitally important as a transit area rather than the volatile Suez *&%^ region. I'll try to find out more.

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