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Forward Deployed Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Back in Port After Sea Trials

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) departs US Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on May 11, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is back in port after a week’s worth of sea trials, according to U.S. 7th Fleet.

Tests included, “the execution of high-speed turns, sea and anchor evolutions, precision anchoring trials, testing of countermeasure wash-down and aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) systems and testing of the ship’s self-defense weapons system,” according to the statement.

“I think we came out of this pretty successful,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Makayla Medrano, from El Paso, Texas said in a statement.
“We received a bunch of new equipment that needed to be tested. Repair lockers are being stocked. Sea trials were a good chance to make sure all our equipment is ready to go.”

The ship departed Yokosuka on May 11 after completing a two-day fast cruise in which the crew tests ship systems pier-side.

The forward-deployed carrier recently completed its annual maintenance availability in Yokosuka, Japan that began in January. Part of the effort included a two-month effort to resurface the four and a half acre surface of the carrier’s flight deck.

Reagan returned from a three-month cruise in the Western Pacific in November.

While the ship was being repaired, the Navy deployed the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group for an abbreviated three-month deployment to the Western Pacific. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its escorts had returned from a deployment less than a year before.

Vinson deployed with its strike group that included guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), from Destroyer Squadron 1.

The Vinson CSG returned from deployment in April.

The following is the complete statement from the Navy on Reagan’s sea trials.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — The forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, after completing sea trials.

The seven-day evolution measured the crew’s ability to operate critical systems and perform underway operational evolutions following an extensive selected restricted availability (SRA).

“The ship performed remarkably well as we put her through the required steps,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “The crew’s training and preparation was a primary factor during all of the evolutions, and they should feel very good about the fact that they came in well-prepared and executed as well as they did.”

During sea trials, Ronald Reagan’s crew performed major evaluations, including the execution of high-speed turns, sea and anchor evolutions, precision anchoring trials, testing of countermeasure wash-down and aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) systems and testing of the ship’s self-defense weapons system.

“I think we came out of this pretty successful,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Makayla Medrano, from El Paso, Texas. “We received a bunch of new equipment that needed to be tested. Repair lockers are being stocked. Sea trials were a good chance to make sure all our equipment is ready to go.”

Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

  • Centaurus

    Evil russian copy-cat carrier, meant to deceive us all with cardboard cut-out airplanes and android drone sailors. We must destroy this shameless imitation built by Putins rubber ducky navy before someone gets hurt out there on the REAL ocean !

  • RDF

    Well I guess if you want to know the results of a sea trials on a CVN ask the 3rd Class PO. who wrote this? 7th grade social studies?

    • MLepay

      Well he is a Damage Controlman and he was referring to the Repair lockers so yeah he seems like a pretty good source. Plus they quote the CO.

      • RDF

        You know how complicated the damage control systems for a CVN are? They are huge. Not just OBA and bracing bulkhead and fire fighting.

    • Ser Arthur Dayne

      My first thought upon reading the quote from a PO3 was, “There has to be a reason for this…. either the officers ticked off the reporter, or the bosses SPECIFICALLY put forth this PO to answer questions for whatever reason.” But yeah, I agree. suspicious lol.

  • Ser Arthur Dayne

    Every once in a while I see a picture of one of our Navy ships and I think, “Man, that is an amazing piece of man-made machinery, manpower, and mucho-metal….” and this is one of those pictures. It’s amazing we can do things like that. I mean when you think about it, it’s amazing we’ve been doing it for as long as we have been… In WW2 we were pumping out carriers & cruisers, battleships and destroyers, like the Ford plants pump out F-Series trucks. It’s really amazing to think about sometimes. And they’re some beautiful ships…. We need some battleships if for no other reason than there is nothing that looks as good while showing the flag than a battleship.

    • DaSaint

      Yes they are beautiful. As were previous classes of capital ships. Sometimes I envision a next-gen version with a twin hull (catamaran) design, with a full-length hangar between the hulls and an even more expansive flight deck. Who knows, maybe they launch from the hangar too, BattleStar Galactica style! LOL! If only I could live so long…

  • PT Is Good For You

    What a shockingly low standard of journalism this article displays. USNI, are you aware of the fact that you’re humiliating yourself in public?

    The emperor has no clothes.