PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is underway along with the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is underway conducting training exercises in preparation for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray)

PACIFIC OCEAN - The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 9.

While in the 7th Fleet, the carrier strike group (CSG) will conduct exercises and port visits to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the region. The U.S. 7th Fleet AOR spans 48 million square miles, from the International Date Line to the Western Indian Ocean.

The strike group will participate in Foal Eagle, an annual field-training exercise designed to enhance combat readiness of Republic of Korea and U.S. supporting forces through combined training. The exercise highlights the longstanding military partnership and enduring friendship between the United States and Republic of Korea.

The CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, is comprised of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, which includes USS Preble (DDG 88).

"We continue to seek opportunities to train and build partnerships with our allies," Girrier said. "We are looking forward to every opportunity to enhance our commitment to the region."

The embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 on board Ronald Regan includes Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 154, (VFA) 147, (VFA) 146 ; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323; Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113; Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139; Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 and the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

Ronald Reagan departed from its homeport in San Diego on Feb. 2, for a training exercise and its deployment to the 7th Fleet and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Ronald Regan's last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.