The U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has anchored in Hong Kong Harbor on Nov. 21.
The carrier is also joined by a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis D. Wilbur (DDG 54), both part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRNSG).
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 Strike Group 5 will have the chance to enjoy the culture, vitality and diversity of this great city,” said Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas, commander Carrier Strike Group 5. “The abundant growth and prosperity that surrounds us in Hong Kong is what the United States Seventh Fleet seeks to preserve for all nations in this important region.”
While in port, Sailors will have opportunities to explore Hong Kong and interact with local citizens through sporting competitions, community relations projects, and tours.
U.S. Navy ships and Sailors have visited Hong Kong for decades. Ronald Reagan last visited Hong Kong in October 2017. Ronald Reagan and CVW-5 are forward-deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Earlier this month, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRNSG) and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) conducted high-end dual carrier operations in the Philippine Sea. The dual carrier operations of these two strike groups combined 10 ships, approximately 150 aircraft and 12,600 personnel.