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USS Ronald Reagan Redelivered After PSA

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully redelivered the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), to the U.S. Navy after a post shakedown availability (PSA). The Ronald Reagan returned to the company's Newport News sector shipyard in December for the PSA, a typical availability in the early life of a carrier that allows the Navy and Newport News team to resolve any items that came up during early cruises and make any last-minute changes and upgrades. Work performed under this contract is valued at $53 million and included upgrades for the new F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Other changes included a third physical fitness center for sailors, combat system and radar equipment upgrades, and minor repairs. "The completion of this work symbolizes a new chapter in the life of the Ronald Reagan," said Bob Gunter, senior vice president of Aircraft Carrier Programs, Northrop Grumman Newport News. "Hundreds of shipbuilders worked hand-in-hand with Ronald Reagan sailors to make this PSA a success, bringing this great ship one step closer to her voyage home to the West Coast." "The PSA was a tremendous success for both the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard workers and the Ronald Reagan crew," said Captain Jim Symonds, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer


Ronald Reagan Strike Group Operates with JMSDF Ships

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) guided missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a refueling at sea (RAS). Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRCSG) took part in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the JMSDF in the Philippine Sea March 16-18. RRCSG and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW) 14 are underway in support of operations in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call


Reagan Carrier Strike Group Makes Port Visit to Singapore

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore Feb. 7 for a scheduled port visit. USS Lake Champlain (CG 57 ) and USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7 ) will be joining them in port. While in port, the carrier strike group’s approximately 6,000 crew members will have a chance to participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Michael H


Strike Group Operates with JMSDF Ships

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie Ryan, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRCSG) took part in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Philippine Sea March 16-18. JMSDF ships participating in the PASSEX were the JS Myoko (DDG 175), JS Hamagiri (DD 155), JS Yuugiri (DD 153) and JS Haruna (DDH 141). In addition to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), U.S


U.S. Navy Photo: Replenishment at Sea

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In this photo, an SA-330 Puma helicopter lifts a pallet of supplies from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during a replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/Released)


CVN 76: Picture of the Day

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 Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) Airmen, Brianna Luttrell, from Bonanza, Ore., and Matthew Page, from Boston, view the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) from the ground level of its dry dock. Ronald Reagan is in Bremerton, Wash., for a regularly scheduled docked-planned incremental availability maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/Released)


NGSS Completes Acceptance Trials on USS Ronald Reagan

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), has successfully completed acceptance sea trials. The Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class carrier built by Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. The acceptance trials are conducted with representatives of the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey for testing and evaluation of the ship's systems and performance.


USS Ronald Reagan Departs on Maiden Deployment

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 4 on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific. This will be the maiden deployment for the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. “During both COMPTUEX (Composite Unit Training Exercise) and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise)


Ronald Reagan CPOs Celebrate 115 Years of Deckplate Leadership

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie Ryan, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Chief Petty Officers (CPO) from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 took time out from conducting Composite Training Unit Exercises to gather in the ship's CPO mess April 1, to honor the 115th birthday of the chief petty officer rank. The event included speeches, recognition of CPOs killed in combat, the honoring of famous chiefs throughout history who helped build the CPO mess


New Navy Contracts

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded $7,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2100) for planned and growth supplemental work for the accomplishment of the fiscal year 2008 extended drydocking selected restricted availability (EDSRA) of USS Enterprise (CVN 65).  EDSRAs are similar to an overhaul in that it will restore the ship, including all subsystems that affect combat capability and safety


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 11

USS Holland (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 11 1783 - Congress declares end of war with Great Britain 1900 - Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland 1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., USN. Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise, Jr. was the Lunar Module Pilot


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


Rolls-Royce congratulates US Navy on christening of USS Zumwalt

Rolls-Royce congratulated the US Navy on the christening of the USS Zumwalt, the first of its new and highly sophisticated DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class of ship. The 600 foot long all-electric ship was christened by sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers at Bath Iron Works in


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 17

Photo: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 17 1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British 1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral


U.S. Forces Board Seized Tanker Ship

American forces yesterday boarded and took control of a commercial tanker ship, Morning Glory, that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release issued today.


US Navy Ship Pulls out of MH370 Search

U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).

The U.S. Navy announced that its ship USS Kidd and MH-60R helicopters will detach from the MH370 search and rescue (SAR) effort as of March 18 after searching a combined 15,000 square miles of the Andaman Sea since March 10. The decision was made in consultation with Malaysia’s government


Two Dead in Shooting on Navy Ship

Reuters reported that there are two dead aboard the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Mahan docked at Naval Station Norfolk last night., as a civilian apparently shot and killed a sailor, and in turn the shooter was in turn killed by based security forces, according to the Navy.


Cracks Scuttle U.S. Navy Ice Camp

U.S. Navy Ice Camp Nautilus during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. The camp is located on a sheet of ice adrift on the Arctic Ocean. ICEX 2014 is a U.S. Navy exercise highlighting submarine capabilities in an arctic environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Davies/Released)

Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) announced an early end to Ice Camp Nautilus on March 23. The ice camp was a temporary structure built and operated especially for Ice Exercise 2014 (ICEX-2014). Personnel at Ice Camp Nautilus, which is built into the ice floe north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 27

USS Constitution (Watercolor attributed to Michel Felice Corné)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 27 1794 - Congress authorizes construction of six frigates, including Constitution 1799 - USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France 1880 - USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 28

USS Essex, Artist: Joseph Howard (Courtesy U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 28 1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 31

USS Missouri (BB-63). (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 31 1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan 1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her third patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 2

USS Glacier (© Richard Leonhardt)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 2 1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship


Pre-production Inspection Aboard First of its Kind FPSO

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This week a team of BSEE engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. The pre-production inspection is one of the necessary steps to clear the Eagle Texas


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 10

USS Thresher (Naval Historical Center photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 10 1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies 1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 17 civilians) east of Cape Cod


 
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