Seaman Townsend aboard aircraft carrier Roosevelt |

Seaman Townsend aboard aircraft carrier Roosevelt

Navy Seaman Devin A. Townsend, son of Marie M. Goldberg of South Lake Tahoe and Greg P. Goldberg of Santa Rosa and his fellow shipmates are in the middle of a scheduled deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Townsend’s unit conducted more than 4, 000 sorties and provided surveillance, reconnaissance and close air support to ground force in Iraq. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group participated in Operation Steel Curtain and Maritime Security Operations. Operation Steel Curtain provided aerial support for U.S. Marine and Iraqi forces and prevented insurgents from entering Iraq through the Syrian Border.

MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.

Carriers like Theodore Roosevelt are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

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