US Navy supercarrier visits Solent

One of the world's largest warships will anchor in Stokes Bay outside Portsmouth Harbour this weekend

One of the world’s largest warships will anchor in the Solent this weekend. The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will be moored in Stokes Bay from Saturday 4 April until Wednesday 8 April.

The 96,000-ton vessel is 333m long, but her two nuclear reactors and four steam turbines provide enough power to drive her through the water at speeds in excess of 30 knots. She carries more than 50 aircraft, and has a crew, including flying personnel, of nearly 6,000 men and women.

Whilst at anchor there will be a 250 metre Exclusion Zone in place around the vessel, which will be enforced by Ministry of Defence Police. Only vessels authorised by QHM will be allowed to enter this zone.