Great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt will watch mast installation on carrier

Great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt will watch mast installation on carrier

Credit: USS Theodore Roosevelt

Tweed Roosevelt, great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, speaks with Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Shanice Winston , USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) youngest Sailor, during a stepping the mast ceremony Feb. 28.

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Associated Press| WVEC.com

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 7:14 PM

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- A shipbuilding milestone will be marked at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard when the main mast is installed on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.  

One hand for the ceremony Monday will be Tweed Roosevelt, the great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.

The traditional Navy ceremony is called "stepping the mast." It involves placing a coin under the ship's mast as a way of passing on good luck to the ship.

On an aircraft carrier, the mast is a 70-ton platform for radar and communication systems.

Monday's ceremony will also include the sealing of a 25-year time capsule filled with memorabilia from sailors.

The capsule also will include class pictures signed by students from Campostella Elementary school, which TR sailors have mentored this year.

The aircraft carrier is undergoing a refueling and overhaul that will take more than three years to complete.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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