The first ship to be named for a then-still living former president, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is nowadays the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. The flagship of the only forward-based carrier strike group, Carrier Strike Group Five, the USS Reagan is currently part of the United States Seventh Fleet. Headquartered at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Japan, it is presently the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. Navy fleets, with 60 to 70 ships, 300 aircraft and 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel. It is undoubtedly the centerpiece of American forward presence in Asia.
With such a huge responsibility, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), needs to be replenished at all times. It’s one of those “small” unseen things that enable forward deployed American forces to go into the attack without having to wait for anyone. Here we get treated to flight operations prime cuts submissions, as well as a replenishment at sea where it receives more than 700 pallets of supplies from USNS Charles Drew.
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