Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Air Defense Exercise

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, including Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) while underway in the Philippine Sea July 6-7. The ADEX was organized and planned by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff and crewmembers aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Air Defense Commander for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group. “Conducting force air defense effectively requires us to train together to defeat the threats that exist in today’s complex environment,”…

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Ronald Reagan Welcomes CVW-5

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), embarked Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) while underway off the coast of Japan, May 28. The three-day fly-on and requalification of flight deck crew and aircrew involved more than 60 aircraft and included a pre-patrol embark of 1,900 Sailors who maintain and equip them. “This is a significant first step in reforming the Freedom/Badman team,” said Capt. Forrest Young, commander Carrier Air Wing 5. “The fly-on and carrier qualifications were conducted safely and professionally, and now this team is ready to complete our training that…

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Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka After Successful Sea Trials

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, after completing sea trials. The seven-day evolution measured the crew’s ability to operate critical systems and perform underway operational evolutions following an extensive selected restricted availability (SRA). “The ship performed remarkably well as we put her through the required steps,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “The crew’s training and preparation was a primary factor during all of the evolutions, and they should feel very good about the fact that they came in well-prepared and…

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U.S. Navy prepares to search for C-2A aircraft

The U.S. Navy will deploy a team of deep water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Nov. 22. While the aircraft’s last position on the surface of the water is known, the depth of water in that area exceeds 16,000 feet, beyond the capabilities of salvage assets in theater. In the coming days, a team of deep water salvage experts led by U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) will deploy…

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VFA-115 opens new chapter at MCAS Iwakuni

The “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 touched down at their new home of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 28. VFA-115’s arrival marked the beginning of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 relocation from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi. The move was part of a broader relocation of CVW-5 units to MCAS Iwakuni stipulated under a 2006 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments. The Eagles’ journey to Iwakuni began with their departure from Atsugi, Sept. 10, when they embarked the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald…

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Carrier Strike Group 5 returns to Yokosuka

Units from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to Yokosuka, Dec. 4, following a three-month patrol of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. While on patrol, CSG 5 was comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff, and the guided- missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Chafee (DDG 90). “The team executed an impressive range of operations, including bringing three strike groups together, and I’m proud of the…

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Initial Japan-Based CVW-5 Jet Squadrons Fly-in to MCAS Iwakuni

The first jet squadrons from Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) relocated from Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAFA) to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCASI) Nov. 28 after the conclusion of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5) patrol. The squadrons relocating to MCASI include; Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 115 and 195, along with Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141. Both VFA-115 and VFA-195 fly the F/A-18E Super Hornet, while VAQ-141 flies the EA-18G Growler, an airframe based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped for electronic countermeasure missions. “The arrival of…

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Carrier Air Wing 5 completes carrier qualifications

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed carrier qualifications, Sept. 9-12. To certify, Ronald Reagan and CVW-5 were required to conduct approximately 200 sorties, take-offs and landings, as well as demonstrate proficiency in flight related operations during both day and night. Each pilot must complete four landings during the day and one landing at night during the qualification period. Each landing is graded by a landing signal officer from the flight deck and only landings graded as “safe” count towards qualification. Carrier…

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CVW-5 Field Carrier Landing Practice

April 24, 2017 – The JMSDF has announced USS Ronald Reagan’s CVW-5 will conduct Field Carrier Landing Practice Google Translation On landing training of aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan Ministry of Defense April 24, Heisei 29 I will inform you that there is a notice from the US Forces headquarters in Japan that it is planning to carry out landing training of aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan on Iwo Jima as described below. Also, even when the aircraft landing training is over, the US Forces headquarters in Japan will notify you, so…

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