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US carrier Ronald Reagan completes this year’s Indo-Pacific patrol

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returning to Yokosuka
Sailors prepare to man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returns to Yokosuka. Photo: US Navy

The US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), returned to its Yokosuka homeport on November 14, completing a six-month Indo-Pacific deployment.

Ronald Reagan transited nearly 60,000 miles as embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 20,000 flight hours during a deployment that included exercises and operations with allies and partners across the region.

“Ronald Reagan’s flexible presence is a key element in helping assure our regional allies and partners that the United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of the seas,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of Ronald Reagan.

While deployed the Ronald Reagan CSG conducted trilateral integrated operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy, flight operations in the Indian Ocean for the first time in more than four years, dual-carrier operations with the USS Nimitz (CVN 76) CSG, exercises Valiant Shield and Keen Sword, as well as, Expeditionary Strike Force operations with USS America (LHA 6).

In port, Ronald Reagan will continue to provide forward presence and the crew will maintain a high level of training and warfighting proficiency. Ronald Reagan will be postured and ready to respond to regional contingencies, the navy said.