After 14 months of intensive maintenance in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State, the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 is returning to beautiful sunny San Diego where it will be homeported for the foreseeable future. Carriers will generally undergo a year-long maintenance period between the eight and ten year point of service life.
Reagan’s crew invested nearly 600,000 man hours toward ship preservation and system upgrades.
The USS Ronald Reagan is the Flag ship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Rear Admiral Patrick D. Hall, who assumed command in October 2012.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be going back to Southern California,” said Capt. Thom Burke, Reagan’s commanding officer. “Our crew has put in a significant amount of effort over the last year to ensure this ship is ready and able to do our nation’s work, and they are definitely ready to head home.”
Yeoman Senior Chief Slaughter who works for Commander Carrier Strike Group Nine and who made the transition to San Diego months ahead in preparation for the carrier’s arrival, says that people that have never been to San Diego will find a city that is diverse and culturally rich. San Diego is also home to beautiful beaches, Sea World, and the world famous San Diego zoo, among many other entertainment venues.
USS Ronald Reagan is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier and the ninth of her class; she was named after former President Ronald Reagan who was still alive upon her christening in 2001, making it the first nuclear-powered warship of any kind to be named after a living former president.
CSG 9 is comprised of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing two, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville, USS Cape St George and Destroyer Squadron Nine.