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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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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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 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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Ronald Reagan CSG & JMSDF conduct bilateral training

August 16, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG), JS Kirishima, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) personnel from the Commander, Escort Division (CCD) 6 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) started bilateral training, Aug. 14. CSG units and JMSDF units worked together and participated in an air defense exercise, communication evolutions, and provided support for aircraft squadrons embarked aboard Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). “Working side by side we have used this opportunity to train together to further streamline our communications through exercises and…

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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 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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