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These passenger ships were named after President Roosevelt. As assistant secretary of the Navy and as president, Roosevelt was always interested in the future of naval development. He would go on to dramatically modernize the Navy, and his "Great White Fleet" circled the globe in a demonstration of his "big stick" diplomacy in 1906.

More recently, on Oct. 25, 1986, the USS Theodore Roosevelt became America's 4th Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. During his time as naval assistant secretary, Roosevelt "suggested a study into the military applications of Samuel Langley's proposed flying machine." Today's 97,000-ton ship, which supports over 80 aircraft and more than 5,500 crewmen, is the ultimate realization of TR's dream.

(website: http://www.southern-aviator.com/best-of-tsa/bigstick/hooktale.html)

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