Rare Inside Footage: Watch Supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan Drop Its Giant Anchor
The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is one of America’s flagship supercarriers. A nuclear-powered Nimitz-class, it was the first one to be named and christened for a then-still living former president. In 2015, it replaced the USS George Washington as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, the only forward-based carrier strike group home-ported at Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the United States Seventh Fleet.
It is presently the cornerstone of an international strategy that allows the U.S. to confront the growing Chinese dominance of the South China Sea among other threats. It’s a visible symbol of America’s commitment to our allies and our nation’s resolve to maintain international security and stability throughout the Pacific theater and the rest of the world. It is, without a doubt, a massive and impressive ship. Nonetheless, like all other ships that have been made, it needs and has an anchor. In her case, a huge one. Just watch this video of one of the aspects that nobody ever thinks about, but that’s vital to every vessel.
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