The U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has completed the fifth year of service as part of U.S. forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF).
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region”. Reagan, along with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5), represents the cornerstone of the Carrier Strike Group’s capability to sustain presence, project power, fight and win decisively from the sea.
“In a testament to our namesake’s slogan, the Reagan crew has proven time and again that whatever challenge we face, It CAN Be Done,” said Capt. Pat Hannifin, Reagan’s commanding officer. “Our team has embraced this motto, completing in port maintenance ahead of schedule, doing our part for the health protection and warfighting readiness of the Navy, and continuing to stand the watch as America’s away team.”
To kick off deployment, Reagan onloaded more than 1,000 tons of ordnance – enough combat power to cause the ship to sit five-inches lower on the waterline – in addition to personnel and aircraft from aviation squadrons within CVW-5. With more than 5,000 crew embarked, and 60-plus aircraft, Reagan is capable of sustaining around-the-clock maritime operations.
While underway, the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will work alongside allies and partners to strengthen regional capabilities, further develop warfighting concepts, and improve distributed maritime operations that provide layered defense options to protect shared interests.