By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is scheduled to make a visit to U.S. Naval Base Guam tomorrow, bringing more than 5,000 sailors to the island during the ship’s first port call this year.
According to the Navy, the aircraft carrier's port stop will provide the crew an opportunity to tour the island, get some rest and relaxation and participate in community service events. Several Ronald Reagan sailors are Guam natives.
Military officials said the ship has 100 percent Covid-19 vaccination rates.
Ronald Reagan, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 5, is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
Commissioned in 2003, Ronald Reagan is led by Commanding Officer Capt. Fred Goldhammer, while leading CSG 5 is Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly.
Ronald Reagan and its strike group departed Yokosuka on May 20 to participate in military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region, including the recently concluded Valiant Shield exercise.
“Ronald Reagan’s forward-deployed presence underscores our nation's commitment to our allies and partners,” Goldhammer said in a press release on May 20.
“Our crew has worked very hard to make the ship ready to face any future challenge, and I am tremendously proud of their efforts. The sailors onboard Ronald Reagan are incredibly talented and resilient, and their unwavering commitment to our mission helps ensure that our nation's maritime presence remains strong," Goldhammer added.
“The Ronald Reagan strike group and its team of professional sailors across its commands, are ready to respond throughout the region in service of our maritime interests,” Donnelly said.
“The support of our families makes what we do at sea possible. In the days ahead we will strengthen our relationships with like-minded allies and partners, and deter anyone who would seek to disrupt international norms," he added.