Ronald Reagan Returns to Sea

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke,
USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

Air Department Sailors view Tokyo Bay as Ronald Reagan departs @Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials. (Photo by MCSN Matthew Riggs)

160509-N-YD641-042 TOKYO BAY (May 9, 2016) – Air department Sailors view Tokyo Bay as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials. Ronald Reagan‘s crew is testing her seaworthiness during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs/Released)

YOKOSUKA, Japan – The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, May 9.

Ronald Reagan’s crew shifted colors at approximately 10 a.m. and made way to conduct sea trials in the final phase of the ship’s selective restricted availability (SRA) maintenance period which began Jan. 12.

“I am extremely proud of the Reagan crew’s accomplishment up to this point of our SRA period,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, commanding officer. “We are all looking forward to completing sea trials and returning to operations in the 7th Fleet area responsibility.”

During sea trials, Ronald Reagan’s crew will undergo multiple training and qualification exercises to include engineering and medical drills as well as air, flight deck and hangar bay operations to evaluate the performance of Sailors and their departments.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our crew as we continue to make advancements to our ship and return to sea,” said Cmdr. Holly Hart, Ronald Reagan’s safety officer. “To achieve maximum readiness, it is imperative that we make every effort to identify and reduce risk.”

The Bridge team scans Tokyo Bay from the navigation bridge as Ronald Reagan departs @Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials. (Photo by MCSN Matthew Riggs)

The Bridge team scans Tokyo Bay from the navigation bridge as Ronald Reagan departs @Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials. (Photo by MCSN Matthew Riggs)

According to Donnelly, with Ronald Reagan’s newest technology and well-experienced crew, her return to operations in the 7th Fleet will mark a significant milestone for the forward-deployed naval forces, reaffirming the United States commitment to the region.

“The crew has made a tremendous effort to have the ship in her current condition and ready to conduct sea trials,” said Capt. Brett Crozier, executive officer. “The crew has contributed an impressive combined total of more than 1.2 million man hours.”

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