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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Delayed carrier Roosevelt still docked in Norfolk

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, slowed by tiny aquatic invertebrates, remains docked at Norfolk Naval Station this morning, more than 24 hours after the ship was scheduled to deploy.

Crews worked much of the day Monday to clear the ship's sea water intakes, which were clogged by small sea life called Bryozoa, which are common in waters of Hampton Roads, especially in winter months.

The little organisms, known more commonly as "moss animals," were sucked up by large intakes under the ship that take in sea water to cool various pieces of equipment.

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