United States Navy’s only forward-deployed Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), replacing USS George Washington (CVN 73), has finally entered 7th Fleet area of operations on September 17, US Navy reports. USS Ronald Reagan left its home-port for 9 years, Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego August 31. Its new home-port will be in Japan.
The 7th Fleet area of operations includes 36 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces – the People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and the Republic of Korea. Five of the seven U.S. Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in the area – Republic of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
“Ronald Reagan is one of the most modern aircraft carriers,” US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke wrote. “The technology Ronald Regan is bringing to 7th Fleet is an example of the U.S.’s commitment to the region and the progress of bringing the newest equipment to operate with the forward deployed naval forces.”
The deployment provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the US and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. USS Ronald Reagan is deployed with its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5.