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VIDEO: US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

One of the largest aircraft carriers in the world arrived in the Solent this afternoon, It will be moored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, as it's too big to enter Portsmouth Harbour. The 100,000-ton US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived just after 4pm on Sunday, mooring up between Gosport and Ryde off Stokes Bay. Islanders where granted a great view of the 1092ft long vessel. Some 5,226 crew members are on board and all have been granted shore leave. Businesses in the City of Portsmouth have been gearing up for an influx of visitors. Bars and pubs in the city are putting on themed events and party nights for the US sailors to enjoy some free time ashore. Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays will open earlier than usual at 9am during the week to put on English breakfasts. Dan Swan, the general manager, said: 'There is no doubt the US Navy visit will be a welcome boost to our business, the local hospitality and leisure industry and the city as a whole. 'Last time they visited, we had members of the ship's company with us throughout their stay for lunches, dinners and to party in the evening. The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US on carrier operations until the first of the new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service in 2017. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is accompanied by its escort ship, the destroyer USS Winston S Churchill.


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