Christopher Bolt, 's commanding officer Ronald
USS Ronald Reagan Departs for Japan○US Navy(2015.08.31)
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- After nine years of calling Naval Air Station North Island its homeport, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego for Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 31.
has been embraced as America's
Flagship. Not only does she
have strong ties to Americans, she also has ties to the people of Japan,"
Reagan Rear Adm. , commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet. "In 2011 John
was one of the first responders to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake
and tsunami that devastated the east coast of Japan during Operation Tomodachi.
The ties that were established with the ship and our host nation will continue
to grow." Ronald Reagan
The force structure change and initiation of the historic three-crew hull swap between George Washington, Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) was put into action by George Washington's need to undergo her mid-life refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).
"USS Ronald Reagan is 11 years newer than USS George Washington (CVN 73), which means the carrier has benefited from 11 years of evolving technology," said Capt.
Christopher Bolt, 's
commanding officer. "America's Flagship
will serve our nation as a cornerstone of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces
based in Yokosuka, Japan." Ronald Reagan