Ronald Reagan CSG departs Yokosuka to support free and open Indo-Pacific

19 May 2021

From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and its strike group returned to sea, May 19.
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 19, 2020) The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) steam in formation while conducting joint operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations with the JMSDF in support of regional stability and security. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the treaty of mutual cooperation and security between the United States and Japan. The United States and Japan have forged a relationship built on a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and regularly conduct exercises and operations to strengthen regional adherence to international norms. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton)
In this file photo, ships of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group transit the Philippine Sea in July 2020. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jason Tarleton)
PHILIPPINE SEA (July 19, 2020) The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) steam in formation while conducting joint operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations with the JMSDF in support of regional stability and security. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the treaty of mutual cooperation and security between the United States and Japan. The United States and Japan have forged a relationship built on a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and regularly conduct exercises and operations to strengthen regional adherence to international norms. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton)
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In this file photo, ships of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group transit the Philippine Sea in July 2020. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jason Tarleton)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton
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YOKOSUKA, Japan - The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and its strike group departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19, to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

During this routine at-sea period, Ronald Reagan, its strike group ships and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are expected to work with allies and partners, promote adherence to a rules-based international order, as well as maintain presence and flexibility to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ronald Reagan successfully completed sea trials in preparation for deployment on May 13.

"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. "Across the globe, the crew aboard Ronald Reagan seeks to preserve 'peace through strength' and is ready to answer the call."

Sailors manned the rails in summer white uniforms as the ship pulled away from the pier.

210519-N-WS494-1108 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 19, 2021) Sailors man the rails aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinton A. Lee)
210519-N-WS494-1108 Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Quinton A. Lee)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210519-N-WS494-1108 Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Quinton A. Lee)
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210519-N-WU964-1169 Sailors mans the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Dallas Snider)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210519-N-WU964-1169 Sailors mans the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Dallas Snider)
210519-N-LI114-1047 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 19, 2021) Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jillian Grady, from Waretown, New Jersey mans the rails on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael B. Jarmiolowski)
210519-N-LI114-1047 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jillian Grady mans the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Michael B. Jarmiolowski)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210519-N-LI114-1047 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jillian Grady mans the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Michael B. Jarmiolowski)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 19, 2021) Sailors prepare to man the rails on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinton A. Lee)
210519-N-WS494-1062 Sailors prepare to man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Quinton A. Lee)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | 210519-N-WS494-1062 Sailors prepare to man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 19. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Quinton A. Lee)

"The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is excited to deploy and assume the watch during a time of unprecedented activity throughout the region," said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Task Force 70, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. "Our team has worked hard to prepare for this moment. Alongside our regional allies and partners, we are ready to respond to any contingency in any location to demonstrate our shared commitment to regional stability and adherence to international norms."

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group also includes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.

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