Navy ships’ port stops bring more than 7,000 sailors to Guam

Updated: Apr 17

Shore leave not allowed outside of Navy base

eet Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group conduct expeditionary strike force operations in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Indo-Pacific Command

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group arrived at the Naval Base Guam today for a brief stop to resupply and provide shore leave for its crew, the Joint Region Marianas announced.

A source said more carriers and cruisers are scheduled to arrive this weekend, ferrying a total of more than 7,000 sailors.

However, the source, said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has declined a request for the sailors’ liberty outside of the Navy base.

Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the government of Guam's communications director, said, "Gov. Leon Guerrero never declined a request for the sailors' liberty outside of the Navy base. She was never asked. There was no request made to her."

The USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived yesterday and USS Russell (DDG 53) is scheduled to arrive today.

“Sailors will be limited to the pier to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission,” JRM said.

In February, the USS Theodore Roosevelt had another Covid-19 transmission —the second since last year’s mass outbreak. The Navy reported the three sailors who had tested positive for Covid-19 placed in isolation aboard the ship. No subsequent report followed.