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The USS Theodore Roosevelt set to return to San Diego

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CORONADO (CNS) - The next aircraft carrier to call San Diego its home port -- the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- is scheduled to arrive a week from today, the Navy announced.

The "Big Stick" left its old base in Virginia earlier this year for deployment to the Middle East, where its air crews flew missions against Islamic State targets. Air squadrons aboard the Roosevelt flew more than 1,800 combat sorties against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, racking up 10,600 flight hours for the crews.

The vessel is currently at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where friends and family will join the crew for a so-called "Tiger Cruise" to San Diego.

The 29-year-old Roosevelt is part of a three-way swap of carrier home ports. The USS George Washington, formerly based in Japan, was sent to Virginia to have its nuclear power plant refueled.

The USS Ronald Reagan, based in San Diego for 11 years, replaced the GW in Japan.

About two-thirds of the Roosevelt sailors will fly on from San Diego to Virginia, where they will take over the George Washington.

Most of the Reagan's crew sailed the GW around the tip of South America and up to the U.S East Coast. They'll fly back to San Diego and become the Big Stick's crew.

Around one-third of each vessel's sailors, mainly command staff and nuclear power experts, stayed with their ships.

The complicated process is estimated to be saving the Navy $41 million in personnel transfer costs.

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