U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific

A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials. “The United States Navy is the only force in the world able to carry out such an exercise,” a Navy official told DoD News. The exercise features the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt and includes air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other…

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Three-carrier strike force exercise to commence in Western Pacific

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov 11-14. Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort. “It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three,” said U.S. Pacific…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits South Korea

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Busan for a port visit, Oct. 21. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) pulled into Busan after participating in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017. The focus of the bilateral training exercise was to increase the readiness of U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces and…

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U.S. and Korea navies to conduct joint maritime counter special operations exercise

Vessels from the United States Navy and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX) Oct. 17-20, in the waters east or west of the Korean Peninsula to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. – ROK alliance. It will also conduct combined joint operations and exercises with ROK Navy, U.S. Seventh Fleet, ROK Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ 7th Air Force and U.S. Eighth…

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USS Ronald Reagan wraps up Hong Kong port visit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit, Oct. 6. The first visit in three years by a U.S. aircraft carrier, the four-day visit allowed Sailors assigned to Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 5 opportunities to experience Hong Kong, participate in community service projects, tours, cultural exchanges, and sporting events. “Since being forward-deployed in the 7th Fleet, for many of our Sailors on board, this is their first opportunity to visit Hong Kong,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, commanding officer of Ronald Reagan. “I really…

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USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Hong Kong for port visit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor Oct. 2. Ronald Reagan is the flagship for Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “The Sailors and airmen of Carrier Strike Group Five look forward to rich and diverse experiences in Hong Kong and learning more about the culture and people,” said Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70. “We are grateful for the…

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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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USS Ronald Reagan Departs Yokosuka

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), commenced a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations after departing Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, Sept. 8. Ronald Reagan’s departure marks the beginning of a scheduled patrol following an in-port period giving the crew and ship a chance to conduct maintenance. “About three and half weeks ago, USS Ronald Reagan returned to port after our patrol and we entered into a transition from operations to maintenance,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Although this is a very brief…

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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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