Photos: The USS Theodore Roosevelt holds a family and friends cruise

Posted at 8:42 PM, Aug 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-29 13:19:35-04

Norfolk, Va. – The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt welcomed more than 2,000 of the crew’s family and friends for a day at sea on Wednesday.

The guests toured the ship and took part in many events onboard, while the hanger bay served as a mess deck for more than 5,000 people. The carrier’s food service specialists fed about three thousand more people than usual, according to the ship’s official Big Stick Blog.

“There was a lot of advance planning and a lot of coordination between many different parties to make this all run smoothly,” said Chief Warrant Officer Benny Brockington, TR’s food service officer. “We fed about 3,000 more people than we usually do. Everyone knew their role, and everyone understood that we wanted to make the ship look good. All of this was due to the team we have.”

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 treated guests to an air power demonstration that dazzled guests watching from the flight deck. The demonstration featured air-refueling, precision formation flying and a supersonic flyby.