YOKOSUKA, Japan – The US Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Yokosuka on October 16 after a five-month deployment in the 5th and 7th Fleets.
During Ronald Reagan’s mission, the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 14,820 flight hours and the ship covered nearly 43,000 nautical miles. The strike group left Yokosuka on May 19 and conducted pass drills with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Navy of the Republic of Singapore (RSN) in May and June. The ship crossed the Malacca Strait on June 18 and participated in joint, simultaneous multi-domain operations with the Indian Navy and Air Force from June 23 to 24. This was the first naval integration event off the west coast of India since MALABAR 2020.
The carrier strike group carried out integrated sea operations in the Gulf of Aden together with the British HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) Strike Group as well as the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit 12. The task force also participated in several interoperability and bilateral events, including operations with the French frigate FS Languedoc (D 653), the Pakistani naval frigate PNS Alamgir (F 260) and the German naval frigate FGS Bayern (F 217).
While serving in the area of operations of the US 5th Fleet, Ronald Reagan supported naval operations, while CVW 5 provided air force to protect US and coalition forces when conducting withdrawal operations from Afghanistan. As Task Force 50 in the 5th Fleet, strike group personnel assisted Task Force 58 in facilitating the safe transit of more than 7,000 U.S. citizens and evacuees who traveled from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge in September. The task force included more than 1,400 U.S. and coalition members from various units operating in the region. U.S. soldiers worked to provide travelers with meals, short-term shelter, and medical care around the clock before they left.
“This year’s deployment was historic and unprecedented for the only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in the US Navy,” said Captain Fred Goldhammer, the commanding officer of Ronald Reagan. “The tireless efforts of our crew, seamless teamwork, and unmatched ability to overcome challenges enabled Ronald Reagan to support Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Allies Refuge during the final days of the war in Afghanistan. I am very proud of the resilience and success of the crew this year. The brave men and women of Warship 76 answered the call whenever and wherever they were needed; demonstrates the extreme versatility and unsurpassed performance of our forward deployed naval forces. “
The strike group returned to the US 7th Fleet from the area of operations of the US 5th Fleet on September 17.
Before returning home in October, the Assault Group and Carrier Assault Group of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined the British Carrier Assault Group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) CSG 21 and JMSDF ships led by the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise. to (DDH 182) for multi-carrier operations in the Philippine Sea; Bringing together 17 ships from six nations and more than 15,000 sailors. The purpose of the integration was to demonstrate capabilities in multi-domain operations, US commitment to regional stability, and highlight the US Navy’s enduring ability to project power.
When deployed in 2021, the carrier attack group included the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the embarked staffs of Task Force 70 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Der Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97).
Sailors in white uniforms manned the railing when the ship arrived at the pier, after more than 153 COVID-free days at sea since departing Yokosuka in May.
“The team that worked together to safely navigate the ship twice through the Straits of Malacca, the Straits of San Bernardino, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the South China Sea really shows the importance of the freedom of the seas and the sea Keeping the sea lines of communication open. This is particularly important in the Indo-Pacific region, ”said Cmdr. Nathan Moore, Ronald Reagan Navigator We served an important mission for our country and helped bring an important chapter to an end in our nation’s history. “
While in port, Ronald Reagan will remain in conservation and be ready to redeploy immediately in response to a crisis or other assignment. The crew has a high level of training, forward presence, warfare, responsive demeanor and a willingness to respond to regional contingencies.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the US 7th Fleet’s area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest advanced fleet in the world, and with the help and network of alliances and partners from 35 other maritime nations, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces, which contribute to peacekeeping and conflict prevention.