Navy deploys nuke-powered carrier to patrol Asia Pacific; ready for combat

Amid speculations that North Korea is set to launch yet another missile test as early Saturday to coincide with the country's founding day, the Navy's nuclear-powered supercarrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed Yokosuka Japan to commence a routine patrol in Asia Pacific region. Ronald Reagan's departure marks the beginning of a scheduled patrol following an in-port period giving the crew and ship a chance to conduct maintenance, according to a press release from the Navy.

During the patrol, Ronald Reagan, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the crew have the opportunity to carry out a variety of missions and operate with the numerous allies within the region, the Navy said. "As USS Ronald Reagan enters into our next patrol segment, we are looking forward to operating alongside and closely with our allies and friends in the region," said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "This is a great opportunity for us as a ship and crew, within the strike group, with our carrier air wing team to get out and operate to show our