USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan to Support Security
USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan to
Support Security, Stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke,
USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs.
Yokosuka, Japan — (NNS)
— October 1, 2015 — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived at
Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) for the first time as the U.S.
Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, Oct. 1.
Ronald Reagan's arrival to CFAY highlights her role as the fifth U.S. carrier
forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility following USS George
Washington (CVN 73), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Independence (CV 62) and USS
Midway (CV 41).
Replacing USS George Washington (CVN
73), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN
76) arrives pier-side at Yokosuka CFAY
"Deploying our most capable units forward enhances the Navy's ability to
contribute to the defense of Japan and meet our commitments under the terms of
the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United
States of America," said Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th
Joseph Aucoin, commander, 7th Fleet, speaking with media
Ronald Reagan departed Naval Base North Island in Coronado, California, Aug.
3 after completing a hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George
Washington. During her transit across the Pacific Ocean, Ronald Reagan completed
a blue water certification, replenishment at sea, day and night flight
operations and damage control and medical drills.
Ronald Reagan arrived in Yokosuka equipped with the U.S. Navy's newest
technological upgrades including a new local area computer network, The
Consolidated Afloat Networking Enterprise Services (CANES).
"Ronald Reagan is 11 years newer than George Washington, which means the
[Ronald Reagan] has benefited from 11 years of evolving technology," said Capt.
Christopher Bolt, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer.
SECNAV Ray Mabus speaking with media in
Yokosuka aboard USS Ronald Reagan
Although Ronald Reagan newly arrived to Yokosuka, the carrier brings about
two-thirds of the George Washington crew who cross decked to Ronald Reagan
during the hull swap.
"The Sailors aboard Ronald Reagan embody the spirit of the ship's namesake as
President Ronald Reagan had a strong personal friendship with Japanese Prime
Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone," said Bolt. "In the same way, Ronald Reagan Sailors
will continue to strengthen ties between the United States and Japan."
In 2011 Ronald Reagan served as a refueling station for Japanese coast guard
and U.S. military helicopters, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief off the Sendai Coast of Japan during Operation Tomodachi, after the Great
East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Sailors reunite with their families
after the arrival of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Yokosuka
"The United States values Japan's contributions to the peace, security and
stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and its long-term commitment and
hospitality in hosting U.S. forces forward deployed there," said Alexander. "These
forces, along with their counterparts in the Japan Self-Defense Forces, make up
the core capabilities needed by the alliance to meet our common strategic
Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a
combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests
of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.