Navy Commissions Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, July 01, 2003
The Navy s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will be commissioned Saturday, July 12, 2003, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station, Va.. Vice President Richard Cheney will deliver the ceremony s principal address. Nancy Reagan, wife of the ship s namesake, will serve as ship s sponsor. In the time honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!" Capt. J. W. Goodwin of Dublin, Ga., is the first commanding officer of a ship named to honor America s 40th president Ronald Reagan who was born in Tampico, Ill., Feb. 6, 1911. With a crew of more than 5,500 men and women, including embarked air wing personnel, Ronald Reagan will be homeported in San Diego as a member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Construction of the ninth Nimitz class ship took place at Northrop Grumman Newport News,Va., starting with the ship s keel laying Feb. 12, 1998, and christening Mar. 4, 2001*.* Ronald Reagan towers 20 stories above the waterline, displaces approximately 95,000 tons of water, has a flight deck width of 252 feet, and at 1,092 feet long, is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. This floating airfield has a flight deck that covers 4.5 acres. Reagan s two nuclear reactors are capable of more than 20 years of continuous service without refueling, providing virtually unlimited range and endurance, and a top speed in excess of 30 knots. The ship will support a wide variety of aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters, the F-14 Tomcat fighter, the E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the S-3 Viking anti-submarine aircraft, the EA-6 Prowler electronic warfare aircraft and the multi-role SH-60 and MH-60 helicopters. Plans are in progress to broadcast the ceremony live by satellite, live to on-site media, and live via streaming video to the web, through the Naval Media Center. Satellite coordinates will be available in early July.
Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Interior opens Alaskan waters to Shell

Today, the Department of the Interior issued a Record of Decision affirming Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea in Northwest Alaska. The federal government unlawfully

U.S. DoI Upholds 2008 Shell Arctic Lease

The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas

Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1017 sec (10 req/sec)