SANTA RITA, Guam - Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived in Guam for a port visit Aug. 21.
Their arrival marks the first time a carrier has visited the island in more than two years.
Capt. Thom Burke, the ship’s commanding officer, said that, though he has been to Guam for several port visits on other ships in the past, he and his crew always look forward to a return trip.
“I love this place,” he said. “My crew is very, very excited about being back to visit and to take some time to enjoy the wonderful culture and island life while they’re here in Guam.”
The crew – approximately 4,500 strong – will have the chance to tour the island, learn about local culture, relax and have fun in the tropical paradise while in port. The carrier also hosted tours for distinguished visitors.
Chief Logistics Specialist (Select) (SW/AW) Atiba Johnson said that “it feels great to be in Guam” and that he was looking forward to some well-deserved liberty.
“I going to go out, find a nice restaurant and get something to eat, relax a little, then take a nice run on the beach,” he said.
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Almond Joy Nervias was in full agreement.
“It’s great to have a port visit,” she said. “I’m excited to get out and have some liberty. I can’t wait to go to the beach, relax, do some swimming and go shopping!”
Ronald Reagan departed from its homeport in San Diego, Calif., for a training exercise and deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Feb. 2. Reagan’s last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.