US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan to start sea trials

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), to undergo sea trials.

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The trials are held in the final phase of the ship’s selective restricted availability (SRA) maintenance period, which began on 10 January.

Crew will take part in multiple training and qualification exercises, including engineering and medical drills and air, flight deck and hangar bay operations.

USS Ronald Reagan commanding officer Captain Buzz Donnelly said: “A major priority is the safety of our crew as we continue to refine our mission readiness of our ship and crew, and return to sea. “To achieve maximum readiness, it is imperative that we make every effort to identify and reduce risk.”

USS Ronald Reagan executive officer Captain Paul Lanzilotta said: “The crew has worked tirelessly to get the ship ready to succeed at our mission at sea.

“In partnership with our SRF (ship repair facility), Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Sumitomo Heavy Industries teammates, we’ve been able to complete a tremendous amount of work in a very compressed period. The ship is clearly in an improved material condition and we’re excited to be back into operations.”

Ronald Reagan is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5.


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