Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, JMSDF sail together in Western Pacific

August 23, 2019 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group conducted combined operations with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG 175) Aug. 13-23. While sailing together the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and JS Myoko conducted communication drills, Myoko acted as the horizon reference for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations, the ships held a brief ceremony highlighting the end of World War II, and each participated in a senior leadership and liaison officer exchanges. During the exchange, JMSDF service members…

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Carrier Air Wing 5 Commander Makes 1,000th Arrested Llanding

August 19, 2019 – Capt. Michael Rovenolt, the commander of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5), joined an elite group of naval aviators when he executed his 1,000th arrested carrier landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 17. The milestone is a testament to Rovenolt’s service and time spent operating in the forward-deployed carrier environment. Naval aviation began with naval aviator 1 in 1911. Since then, more than 180,000 aviators have earned their wings. Among that long lineage, only a small percentage have reached the career…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Manila

August 7, 2019 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Manila for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between Philippines and the United States on August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group includes Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54). Destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) is simultaneously visiting Subic Bay. “This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership, and alliance with…

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Australian Prime Minister Visits USS Ronald Reagan During Talisman Sabre 2019

July 15 2019 – Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) underway in the Coral Sea July 12, during Talisman Sabre. While aboard Ronald Reagan, the Prime Minister met with several senior ranking U.S. Navy officials during a tour of the ship, observed flight operations and spoke with the Ronald Reagan crew during an all hands call. “We couldn’t be more pleased that you’re here and we certainly thank you for your participation,” said Morrison. “It’s particularly an honor to be here in the hangar…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group Visits Australia

July 5, 2019 – Two ships of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group arrived in Brisbane, Australia, on July 5 for a regularly scheduled port visit. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) pulled into Brisbane July 5, while USS McCampbell (DDG 85) pulled into Townsville July 4. “USS Ronald Reagan Sailors are excited to engage in Talisman Sabre 2019 with their Australian counterparts,” said Capt. Pat Hannifin, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Having served alongside Aussies in every conflict for 100 years, we are truly…

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USS Ronald Reagan, JMSDF Conduct Bilateral Exercises

June 24, 2019 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in bilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 20. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame practiced communication methods, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address mutual maritime security priorities and enhance cooperation efforts at sea. “The JMSDF are tactically proficient and exceptional mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Nicholas Fessler, a USS Ronald Reagan officer of the deck. “They are a valuable asset to the mission as…

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USS Ronald Reagan, JS Izumo sail together in South China Sea

June 11, 2019 – The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108), June 10-12. The four ships conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical actions officer aboard Ronald Reagan.…

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Bremerton’s Seventh Consecutive On-Time Carrier Overhaul

May 30, 2019 – Declaring the massive overhaul of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) complete on May 27, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility celebrated its seventh consecutive early or on-time completion of an aircraft carrier availability. Nimitz’s docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) ended four days ahead of schedule, completing sea trials on Memorial Day. “Congratulations to team Nimitz,” said Capt. Howard Markle, PSNS & IMF commander. “You have done a tremendous job in returning Nimitz to the fleet ahead of schedule and within budget. The Nimitz project team,…

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USS Ronald Reagan Begins Underway Operations in the Indo-Pacific

May 21, 2019 – The forward-deployed aircraft-carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with supporting Commander Task Force 70 units began underway operations in the Indo-Pacific May 22. Ronald Reagan and CTF 70 units routinely operate in the Indo-Pacific to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. For over 70 years, U.S. Pacific Fleet forces have been present and ready to respond in the Western Pacific to any contingency on behalf of friends, partners and allies. “Forward presence truly matters. For more than seventy years, our forces have been present…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Cooperative Deployment alongside JMSDF in Philippine Sea

December 4, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) conducted a cooperative deployment while operating in the Philippine Sea from Nov. 28, to Dec. 5. Hyuga is a helicopter destroyer assigned to Commander, Escort Division 3. During the cooperative deployment, the strike group along with Hyuga participated in communication exercises, cyber exercises and Naval Liaison Officers from the JMSDF embarked aboard strike group units. While onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Naval Liaison officers…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits Hong Kong

November 21, 2018 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Curtis D. Wilbur (DDG 54) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor, Nov. 21. They were to have been accompanied by USS Benfold (DDG 65) but no announcement has as yet been made on why not. Ronald Reagan is the flagship for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “Hong Kong is always an incredible port visit and I’m glad that the officers and Sailors of Carrier…

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Ronald Reagan, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups Operate in Philippine Sea

November 14, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRNSG) and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) are conducting high-end dual carrier operations in the Philippine Sea. While steaming together, the two carrier strike groups will execute complex air, surface and anti-submarine warfare operations in international waters and airspace. “Bringing two carrier strike groups together provides unparalleled naval combat power, tremendous operational flexibility and reach across the region,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. “It shows our forces at their best, operating confidently at sea,…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Crashes in Philippine Sea

November 12, 2018 – A Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/A-18 experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12. The crew was immediately and safely recovered by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) search and rescue aircraft and brought back to the ship for evaluation by medical personnel. Both aviators are in good condition. Ronald Reagan has resumed normal operations. CVW 5 is embarked onboard Ronald Reagan and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations…

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CVW-5 Carries Out ASW for Keen Sword 19

November 4, 2018 – Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 is participating in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercises aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Keen Sword 19. Keen Sword 19 is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Anti-Submarine Warfare or ASW is comprised of several essential components including information gathering, calculating environmental conditions, acoustic predictions and neutralizing targets. Some of the rates in the exercises included Intelligence…

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