Thursday, July 06, 2006

USS Ronald Reagan Returns Home to San Diego

Today is a happy day for many of the crewmembers, thier families, and loved ones as the USS Ronald Reagan and its crew returns to San Diego Thursday after the ship's maiden voyage 6 month deployment.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and its crew of about 5,500 personnel 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.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is comprised of CVW-14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Reagan, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyers USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Decatur (DDG 73), the fast-combat support ship USS Rainier (AOE 7), and Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Det. 15.

The squadrons of CVW-14 include the “Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the “Fist of the Fleet” of VFA-25, the “Stingers” of VFA-113, the “Eagles” of VFA-115, the “Black Eagles” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Cougars” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, the “Providers” of Carrier Logistics Support (VRC) 30, and the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

Reagan was commissioned in July 2003, making it the ninth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship is named after the 40th U.S. president, and carries the motto of “Peace through Strength,” a recurrent theme during the Reagan presidency. This was the maiden deployment for the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

To the men and women of the USS Ronald Reagan, "Thank you for your service!" You have served your President and nation well. And, you have lived up to the namesake of President Reagan

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