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Ronald Reagan Strike Group WESTPAC 06 Deployment
CVN 76 Ronald Reagan
"Gipper" / "Peace Through Strength"

USS Ronald Reagan began transiting to San Diego on 27 May 2004. The cruise took roughly two months and involved sailing around Cape Horn, before arriving at North Island Naval Air Station on July 23. Five Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 11 were onboard. During the transit, the strike group conducted bilateral training and air engagement exercises with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru in support of Summer Pulse 2004. The crew also enjoyed port visits in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and Callao, Peru.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) got under way Nov. 6, 2004, the first time since arriving at its new homeport of San Diego in July. The ship was in a maintenance availability period since its arrival to have repairs done and to upgrade work centers that weren't completed while the ship was in Norfolk, VA. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) hit another milestone Nov. 7 when the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's (AIMD) jet engine shop performed the ship's first at-sea jet engine test on an F/A-18 Super Hornet engine. AIMD was testing the engine as part of an assessment of the ship's new Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI), which was recently installed aboard.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 11 for routine carrier operations in the local area and to drop off two Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 C-2A Greyhound aircraft in Hawaii to help support Operation Unified Assistance. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 22 for a three-day port visit after spending 12 days underway on a mission supporting Operation Unified Assistance.

The officers and crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Commander, Carrier Strike Group (COMCARSTRKGRU) 7 and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed San Diego Oct. 17 and began their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a major requirement for the carrier strike group's certification as ready for deployment. COMPTUEX is an 18-day exercise designed to train the ship, embarked air wing and other vessels that make up the carrier strike group to function as one highly effective fighting force. The exercise consists of two distinct phases and will be evaluated by Commander, Strike Force Training, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The officers and crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 returned home to San Diego Nov. 10 following completion of the ship's initial Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Ronald Reagan, CCSG 7 and CVW-14 commenced the 18-day exercise shortly after departing Oct. 17 from their San Diego homeport.

More than 5,000 Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the staff of Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7 and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed San Diego Dec. 6 to participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2. JTFEX 06-2 is scheduled to take place Dec. 7-15 off the coast of Southern California, and is designed to be a realistic exercise in real-world operations and the operational challenges faced by U.S. forces in cooperation with coalition militaries. The exercise is the final step in preparing the Ronald Reagan Strike Group for its upcoming deployment and will test the group's ability to plan and execute alongside other U.S. and coalition forces in a complex, hostile warfighting environment.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 4 on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific. This will be the maiden deployment for the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) , Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 completed a four-day Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Jan. 9-12 off the coast of Hawaii. The goal of the exercise was to test the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group in real-world scenarios. Anti-submarine warfare is critical to support the "Sea Shield" pillar of the Chief of Naval Operation's "Sea Power 21." This concept calls for the ability to form a maritime shield to defend "Sea Base" areas against submarine and mine threats, and ensure a safe, protected sea passage of U.S. and coalition forces to and from the fight.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived in Brisbane, Australia, Jan. 23 for a scheduled port visit. USS Pinckney (DDG 91) will be joining them in port. The visit was the first time a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ever berthed pierside in the city.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore Feb. 7 for a scheduled port visit. USS Lake Champlain (CG 57 ) and USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7 ) will be joining them in port.

F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 115 became the first aircraft launched from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to drop ordnance on enemy targets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Feb. 22. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons and other material.

Sailors assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, including USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 arrived in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE), March 15 for a scheduled port visit.

The crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) earned the highest grade ever given by a Maintenance and Material Management (3M) inspection team, April 11.

Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7 staff are back at sea conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf following their visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) April 16-20 during a scheduled port visit.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, along with USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), took part in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the French navy April 27. French ships participating in the PASSEX were the aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R-91), the French navy's first nuclear-powered surface vessel and flagship of the French navy, and FS Cassard (D-614), the lead ship in the Cassard class of French anti-air frigates. The goal of the exercise was for the Reagan and Vicksburg warfare commanders to practice working together with their French navy counterparts. Exercises included drills in communications, air defense and surface warfare tactics. Aircraft from the French aircraft carrier also made "touch-and-go" landings aboard Reagan during the exercise. For Reagan, this was the ship's second multinational exercise involving surface combatants during the current deployment. Reagan conducted a PASSEX in the Indian Ocean with ships from the Indian navy in late February

Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14), Carrier Strike Group Seven (CSG-7), and Destroyer Squadron Seven (DESRON-7) sailed back to sea after a third scheduled port visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) May 14-18.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Destroyer Squadron Seven (DESRON-7) and Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) concluded military operations as part of Carrier Strike Group Seven (CSG-7), in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), May 29. The nearly 6,000 Sailors assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group supported Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducted Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the region. Ronald Reagan and CVW-14 launched more than 6,100 sorties totaling more than 19,600 flight hours since entering the 5th Fleet AOO. Of those, more than 2,940 sorties and 14,200 flight hours have been in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since Ronald Reagan relieved USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in February.

Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing 14, Carrier Strike Group 7, and Destroyer Squadron 7 arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, June 3 for a scheduled port visit.

Chronology

    13 Jun 2006 - South China Sea
    7 June 2006 - Pacific Ocean
    3 June 2006 - Port visit @ Port Kelang, Malaysia
    29 May 2006 - Concluded operations in Persian Gulf
    14-18 May 2006 - Port visit @ UAE
    27 Apr 2006 - PASSEX with French navy
    16-20 Apr 2006 - Port Visit @ UAE
    10 Apr 2006 - Persian Gulf
    15-19 Mar 2006 - Port Visit @ Jebel Ali, UAE
    22 Feb 2006 - Persian Gulf
    18 Feb 2006 - Arrived in 5th Fleet AOO
    7-11 Feb 2006 - Port visit @ Singapore
    23-27 Jan 2006 - Port visit @ Brisbane, Australia
    9-12 Jan 2006 - ASW Exercise
    4 Jan 2006 - Deployed to WESTPAC
    15 Dec 2005 - Returned to San Diego
    7-15 Dec 2005 - JTFEX 06-2
    6 Dec 2005 - Departed for JTFEX 06-2
    10 Nov 2006 - Returned to San Diego
    17 Oct 2005 - Began COMPTUEX
    19 Aug 2005 - Port visit, Santa Barbara, CA
    8 Aug 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    18 Jul 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    8 Jul 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    21 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    15 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    24 May 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    11 May 2005 - Flight deck certification
    10 May 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    27 Apr 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    25 Jan 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    24 Jan 2005 - Port visit, Pearl Harbor
    11 Jan 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    05 Nov 2004 - Pacfic Ocean
    23 Jul 2004 - arrives @ Homeport, San Diego
    14 Jul 2004 - Pacfic Ocean
    09 Jul 2004 - Port call @ Callao, Peru
    30 Jun 2004 - Pacfic Ocean
    25 Jun 2004 - Port call @ Valparaiso, Chile
    9 Jun 2004 - Port call @ Rio de Janeiro
    27 May 2004 - Departs Norfolk



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