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Norfolk, Va. (May 27, 2004) - Sailors "man the rails" of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the newly constructed aircraft carrier leaves Norfolk, Va. and heads to her homeport in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bobby R. McRill (RELEASED)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) – “Peace Through Strength”

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

Ronald Reagan the 40th President of the United States of America
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America

 

It’s been 14 years since the U.S. Navy commissioned its 9th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  Named after one of the most popular presidents of the 20th Century, Ronald W. Reagan, the 1,092-foot supercarrier has been making #NavalHistory ever since. Here’s a look back at the ship in action:

Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Jul. 12, 2003) — Hundreds of spectators and media witness the commissioning of the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the ship’s crew, stand at parade rest during the ceremony. Ronald Reagan is named after the 40th President of the United States, and is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ships motto is Peace Through Strength a phrase coined by President Reagan who is widely credited for bringing an end to the Cold War, and rebuilding the U.S. military. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 1st Class Brain Tallette. (RELEASED)
Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Jul. 12, 2003) — Hundreds of spectators and media witness the commissioning of the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the ship’s crew, stand at parade rest during the ceremony. Ronald Reagan is named after the 40th President of the United States, and is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ships motto is Peace Through Strength a phrase coined by President Reagan who is widely credited for bringing an end to the Cold War, and rebuilding the U.S. military. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 1st Class Brain Tallette. (RELEASED)
Sailors spell out Hajimemashite, nice to meet you, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the ship arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.
Sailors spell out Hajimemashite, nice to meet you, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the ship arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on Oct. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.
Norfolk, Va. (May 27, 2004) - Sailors "man the rails" of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the newly constructed aircraft carrier leaves Norfolk, Va. and heads to her homeport in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bobby R. McRill (RELEASED)
Norfolk, Va. (May 27, 2004) – Sailors “man the rails” of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as the newly constructed aircraft carrier leaves Norfolk, Va. and heads to her homeport in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Bobby R. McRill (RELEASED)
Atlantic Ocean (Jun. 5, 2004) - Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson, from San Diego, Calif., reacts to the news that former President, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) namesake, Ronald Reagan had passed away. The U.S. Navy's newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and its crew are underway circumnavigating South America as they make their way to their new homeport San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Kathleen Gorby (RELEASED)
Atlantic Ocean (Jun. 5, 2004) – Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson, from San Diego, Calif., reacts to the news that former President, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) namesake, Ronald Reagan had passed away. The U.S. Navy’s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and its crew are underway circumnavigating South America as they make their way to their new homeport San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Apprentice Kathleen Gorby (RELEASED)
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Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. (July 23, 2004) – Former First Lady Nancy Reagan glances up at her husband’s namesake during her brief remarks at the homeporting ceremonies of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier is completing a two month transit from Norfolk, Va. Homeporting celebrations included various dignitaries including members of Congress, state officials and celebrities. The ship, commanded by Capt. James A. Symonds, was commissioned in July 2003. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Katrina Beeler (RELEASED)
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Jan. 22, 2005) - Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulls into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ronald Reagan's first port visit to Hawaii is in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Chad McNeeley (RELEASED)
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Jan. 22, 2005) – Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulls into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ronald Reagan’s first port visit to Hawaii is in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Chad McNeeley (RELEASED)
HONG KONG (June 22, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) rests at anchor in Hong Kong harbor. More than 4,200 Ronald Reagan Sailors went ashore to experience all that the world-class city has to offer including local attractions, exotic dining and a bustling nightlife. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting a scheduled port visit to Hong Kong while on a routine deployment in the 7th fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac (Released)
HONG KONG (June 22, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) rests at anchor in Hong Kong harbor. More than 4,200 Ronald Reagan Sailors went ashore to experience all that the world-class city has to offer including local attractions, exotic dining and a bustling nightlife. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting a scheduled port visit to Hong Kong while on a routine deployment in the 7th fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac (Released)
GULF OF OMAN (October 14, 2008) Aviation MachinistÕs Mate 3rd Class Kyle Alhers wipes off condensation formed on the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the ÒFist of the FleetÓ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gary Prill/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (October 14, 2008) Aviation MachinistÕs Mate 3rd Class Kyle Alhers wipes off condensation formed on the canopy of an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the ÒFist of the FleetÓ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gary Prill/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 31, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits past the USS Missouri (BB 63) and USS Arizona Memorial while making its approach to Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Ronald Reagan is in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist MC3 Shawn J. Stewart/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 31, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits past the USS Missouri (BB 63) and USS Arizona Memorial while making its approach to Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Ronald Reagan is in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist MC3 Shawn J. Stewart/Released)
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BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 4, 2015) Sailors man the rails as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Busan after a goodwill port visit. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)
SOUTH PACIFIC (June 30, 2017) The forward-deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conducts flight operations in the South Pacific. Ronald Reagan is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Graham/Released)

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