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Deployment of the
USS Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

At Naval Station Norfolk, 15,000 sailors and marines began a six month deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Battle Group. Wednesday's deployment was scheduled, but Navy officials said it was anything but routine after last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. About 5,500 Navy personnel were aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Many said tearful goodbyes before heading out to sea.


The Navy requested that last names of sailors and their families be withheld.


Interviews with:
Jay, a Naval intelligence specialist from Florida
Rear Admiral Mark Fitzgerald
Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England
Marie is a Navy electronics technician from Portsmouth, VA
Crystal from Chesapeake, VA
Jackie from Bensalem, PA

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Video: Craig Cola / washingtonpost.com
Reporter: Christina Pino-Marina / washingtonpost.com

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