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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Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Work Together During Cooperative Deployment

October 29, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JSMDF) ship the Murasame-class destroyer JS Kirasame (DD 104) conducted maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 21-28. During the cooperative deployment, Ronald Reagan Strike Group units and Kirasame conducted multiple exercises including ship maneuvering, communications, a fueling-at-sea, a replenishment-at-sea and Naval Liason Officers exchanges between the Kirasame and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to promote interoperability between the two maritime forces. JMSDF Capt. Shingo Motomura and several of his…

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Helicopter Crash on board USS Ronald Reagan

October 19, 2018 – A U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:00 a.m. Oct. 19. The cause of the mishap is under investigation. All injured personnel are in stable condition under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff. While some personnel will be medically evacuated ashore, none of the injuries is life-threatening. At the time of the mishap, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group was conducting routine operations…

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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…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Participate in Cooperative Deployment

October 10, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) conducted maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 9-10. During the cooperative deployment the Ronald Reagan Strike Group units and Izumo conducted maneuvering exercises, communications exercises and divisional training to promote interoperability among the two maritime forces. Chiefs from Izumo and Escort Division 11 embarked the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and were given tours of the ship’s mess decks, medical facilities and watched fixed-wing flight operations. “It…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group visits Guam after Valiant Shield

September 24, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group arrived at Naval Base Guam for a port visit, Sept. 24. Personnel from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), will have the opportunity to experience the island of Guam, following the successful completion of Valiant Shield 2018. Over the previous week, the strike group joined with more than 15,000 U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps personnel, taking part in the…

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Joint U.S. forces team for exercise Valiant Shield 2018

September 15, 2018 – U.S. military forces from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2018, Sept. 16-23, around the Marianas Island Range Complex as well as on Guam. Participants include the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), 15 surface ships, more than 160 aircraft and approximately 15,000 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps. “We are excited to be here for exercise Valiant Shield as Guam gives us a world-class joint-training opportunity,” said exercise director Rear Adm. Daniel…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Air Defense Exercise

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group, including Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS Antietam (CG 54), participated in an air defense exercise (ADEX) while underway in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 16. The ADEX was organized and planned by crewmembers aboard Antietam, the air defense commander for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff. “Air defense exercises are the foundation from which we build our defense,” said Capt. George Kessler, commanding officer, USS Antietam. “The ADEX we ran is one in a series that improves our…

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More than 38,000 Guests Visit Fleet Activities Yokosuka for Friendship Day

More than 38,000 people braved Japan’s summer heat to visit U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for the installation’s annual Friendship Day festival, Aug. 4. This year marked the 42nd time this base, just 36 miles south of Tokyo, opened its gates for the summer event. Visitors enjoyed sampling American food and watching a variety of entertainment at Yokosuka venues, but this year’s big draws rested at FLEACT Yokosuka’s waterfront where visitors got a chance to tour ships of both the 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces and a ship from…

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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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