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Ronald Reagan Strike Group to Participate in JTFEX 06-2

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Story Number: NNS051207-01
Release Date: 12/7/2005 8:39:00 AM

By Chief Journalist (SW) Donnie Ryan, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- 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.

“JTFEX is a graduate-level exercise to ensure Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 14 are ready to take the fight to our enemies when called upon,” said Capt. Terry Kraft, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer.

“JTFEX is designed to get us into the joint operations mode and simulate the type of real-world scenarios we may face while conducting military operations with our allies,” said Kraft. “This exercise is important because it is the final preparation stage before our upcoming deployment,” he added.

Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, commander, Carrier Strike Group 7, said that JTFEX 06-2 is yet another example of how the flexibility and preparedness of the U.S. Navy and Ronald Reagan Strike Group play an important role in protecting the interests of the United States.

“Speed, agility and persistence are the keys to winning the war on terror,” said Miller. “JTFEX is designed to demonstrate that the U.S. Navy, in consonance with our coalition partners, is capable of carrying out our mission anytime, anywhere - around the world, around the clock - in order to deter extremism and defeat those who would do us harm,” he added.

In addition to Ronald Reagan, other members of the Reagan Strike Group participating in JTFEX 06-2 include USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Decatur (DDG 73), and USS Tucson (SSN 770), as well as USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).

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