DGSIT Embarks Ronald Reagan Strike Group Units

More than 35 members of the Naval Information Forces Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) team embarks aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and additional units of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group July 5-13. DGSIT is a fleet-directed program to test interoperability of all computer and communications systems and networks on all carrier strike groups, amphibious readiness groups and Marine expeditionary units. “We are here to provide integrated testing on the (C5I) [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence] of the strike group,” said Donald Shirey, DGSIT Pacific program manager.…

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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, Antietam, Chancellorsville arrive in Manila

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 26. “Manila is one of the favorite port visits for Sailors in the Pacific thanks to the beauty and welcoming people of the Philippines,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “I’m very proud of all the Sailors in this task force. They are dedicated, capable, professionals and they are the core of the United States Navy, and they allow this…

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JMSDF, DESRON 15 train in the Indo-Pacific

Personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) embarked the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 16 – 23. While embarked aboard Reagan, JMSDF and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 participated in bilateral training increasing interoperability between their units. “By sailing and training together we can learn procedures needed for improving operational as well as tactical interoperability in planning and executing processes,” said Captain Koji Saito, Commander, Escort Division Two. The bilateral training included integrating JMSDF and DESRON 15 personnel in carrier strike group support training and an anti-submarine…

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USS Ronald Reagan Completes CORE I

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed Core I, June 16. CORE I is an inspection designed to assess crew proficiency in damage control and navigation, as well as shipboard training team efficiency. Throughout the inspection, these areas of focus were observed and tested by inspectors from Afloat Training Group (ATG) Western Pacific. “The whole array of fundamental damage control casualties, such as fire, flooding and toxic gas, was looked at,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Supple, Ronald Reagan’s damage control assistant. “Additionally, we demonstrated some of the more varsity scenarios, like…

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Indian Navy Ships Arrive Guam to Participate in Exercise Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet currently on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 07 June 18 to participate in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018. Exercise Malabar, which started as a bilateral exercise between the US Navy and the Indian Navy in 1992, has evolved over the years with the participation…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces begin Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, June 7 through 16 off the coast of Guam. Malabar began in 1992 and this year marks the 22nd edition of the exercise. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While ashore in Guam, training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, helicopter operations and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS)…

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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 Strike Group begins regional patrol

The forward-deployed Ronald Reagan Strike Group departed Yokosuka, Japan, May 29, for a regularly scheduled patrol to operate in the Western Pacific. Ronald Reagan Strike Group will be conducting training in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “[Ronald Reagan Strike Group] is very excited to get underway and begin to train and operate together, as well as with our allies and partners,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of Task Force 70. “As we get underway for these operations we will…

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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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USS Ronald Reagan Departs Yokosuka for Sea Trials

The forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed for sea trials, May 11, after successfully completing a two-day fast cruise. The week-long sea trials are designed to test the ship’s systems and equipment after a four-month selected restricted availability involving combined maintenance teams from the ship, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center. “This is what we have been working towards for these last few months,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Everyone involved has made it possible…

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U.S. Navy Maps Downed C-2A Greyhound

A Navy-led mission aboard research vessel RV Petrel has mapped the wreckage of a C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to USS Ronald Reagan, Nov. 22, 2017. Using the vessel’s side scan sonar and remote operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the aircraft from Feb. 2-5, the team determined the aircraft lies on the ocean floor in two main sections – cockpit and fuselage – and that the C-2A’s flight recorder or black box is still intact. Planning continues for an upcoming salvage mission, during which…

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U.S. Navy set to survey downed C-2A Greyhound

The U.S. Navy contracted Research Vessel (RV) Petrel to survey the location of a C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to USS Ronald Reagan, Nov. 22. Embarked with U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) personnel, the vessel will depart from the Philippines in the coming days and proceed to the C-2A’s location at sea. Once on station, salvage experts will deploy a side-scan-sonar (SSS) and remote operated vehicle (ROV) to survey and map the ocean floor. After the survey is complete, SUPSALV will…

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Downed C-2A Greyhound located in Philippine Sea

A team of deep water salvage experts located a C-2A Greyhound aircraft last week that crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to USS Ronald Reagan, Nov. 22. U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) deployed the team to Japan in December to embark a contracted salvage vessel and proceed to the crash site at sea. Once on station, highly skilled operators searched for the aircraft’s emergency relocation pinger with a U.S. Navy-owned towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system. The TPL uses passive sensors to “listen” for the pinger’s frequency.…

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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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