Ronald Reagan Strike Group joins International Fleet Review

October 11, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) participated in the Republic of Korea 2018 International Fleet Review near Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (ROK), Oct. 11.

“The 2018 International Fleet Review is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our allies, partners and friends on a scale that our sailors rarely experience,” said Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, commander Task Force 70. “I attended the 2008 IFR and I can tell you first hand that this week will build stronger relationships and understanding to further peace, security and stability in this important region.”

Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) render honors during a pass-in-review. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brandon Martin)

The 2018 IFR is the third hosted by the ROK and one of the largest fleet reviews in the world with 17 ships from 12 countries in attendance. The U.S. has participated in all three ROK hosted IFRs with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Greeneville (SSN 772) in attendance in 1998 and USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in attendance in 2008.

A port visit to Jeju Island by Ronald Reagan is the first time a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier has conducted a port visit to Jeju Island, and Ronald Reagan’s first time participating in the IFR.

WATERS OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 11, 2018) The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), front, steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a pass-in-review as part of the Republic of Korea (ROK) International Fleet Review (IFR) 2018. IFR 2018 is hosted by the Republic of Korea Navy to help enhance mutual trust and confidence with navies from around the world. Ronald Reagan and Chancellorsville are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia Patten)

While on Jeju Island, Sailors will have the opportunity to take part in sporting events, ship tours, service projects, and other events alongside the other participating nations. Additionally, Sailors can partake in several Morale, Welfare and Recreation events including nature tours, golfing trips and enjoy a chance to rest and relax.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region.