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Ronald Reagan to join the Fleet

NAVSEA News Wire

Release Date: 5/24/2004

By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has reached the end of the new construction process and is poised to join the Fleet as the nation's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

Ronald Reagan re-delivered to the Navy on May 2, 2004 marking the end of a five-month Post Shakedown Availability/Selected Restricted Availability (PSA/SRA) at Northrop Grumman, Newport News (NGNN). The re-delivery actually took place while the aircraft carrier was at sea off the Virginia coast, following the successful completion of 2 days of sea trials. The PSA/SRA was a tremendous success for both NGNN and the Navy as many important mission and quality of life upgrades were accomplished on time and under budget.

As the Naval Supervising Activity, SUPSHIP Newport News supervised approximately $53M of work completed by NGNN and coordinated approximately 200 Alteration Installation Team jobs during the availability. Major work items completed during the PSA/SRA included the addition of a 1,300-square-foot gymnasium, expanded crew laundry facilities, mast antenna modifications to optimize performance, and upgrades to accommodate the Navy's newest tactical jet fighter; the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

Less than two weeks after re-delivery, Ronald Reagan successfully completed Flight Deck Certification. The certification is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates that the arresting gears, catapults and other flight deck equipment are working properly, as well as the crew's proficiency to operate the equipment.

Named after America's 40th president, Ronald Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier built by Northrop Grumman Newport News. Ronald Reagan will be operated by approximately 5,000 Sailors and Airmen, and will be the base for about 80 aircraft. At 97,000 tons and 1,092 feet long, Ronald Reagan towers 20 stories above the waterline and is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

Ronald Reagan was christened in March 2001, by First Lady Nancy Reagan, and delivered to the Navy in June 2003. Ronald Reagan will be in-and-out of Norfolk until the end of May before getting underway for her homeport of San Diego, Calif.



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