On Board the USS Ronald Reagan

On Board the USS Ronald Reagan

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. The immense 1,092-foot carrier is armed with some of the most advanced missile systems and close-in weapons systems. Take a look at what life is like on one of the world’s greatest aircraft carriers.


The USS Ronald Reagan at port in Pearl Harbor.



Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan wait to pull into port at San Diego Harbor. The aircraft carrier is currently underway conducting operations in the Southern California Operation Area.


FACT: The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was built by Northrop Grumman.



An MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, transports ammunition from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to USNS Carl Brashear during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014, the world’s largest international maritime exercise.



An MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, transports ammunition from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to USNS Carl Brashear during RIMPAC.



Sailors guide a CH-53E Sea Stallion, assigned to “Warhorse” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during RIMPAC, 2014.


FACT: The Ronald Reagan was launched March 4, 2001 and commissioned July 12, 2003.



Sailors guide a CH-53E Sea Stallion, assigned to “Warhorse” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.



An MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron performs flight operations as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in RIMPAC.


USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors render honors as the ship passes the USS Arizona memorial while entering Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.


FACT: The motto of the aircraft carrier is "Peace through strength," an adage Reagan often used during his presidency.



Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Daniel Suggs directs an F/A-18C Super Hornet assigned to the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron 34 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).



Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class William Parks repairs cracks on a heat shield in an engine cavity of an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).


Nickname: Gipper



Seaman Recruit Vince Shide cuts and places sweet potatoes on a tray in the galley of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.



FACT: The Ronald Reagan was the first ship to be named for a still living former president and was sponsored by wife and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.



Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Antony Hopson cleans the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.



Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Jordan Duffer and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman (Fueling) Alexis Zimmerman refuel an F/A-18 Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.


FACT: The USS Ronald Reagan conducted operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf.



Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dvontae Richardson shoots a .50–caliber machine gun during a gun qualification while on board the USS Ronald Reagan.



Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Daniel Lewis fires an M16 assault rifle during a small arms qualification aboard the USS Ronald Reagan.



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