Strike Group Sails with Reagan


Story Number: NNS040609-22Release Date: 6/10/2004 2:18:00 AM
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By Journalist 2nd Class Paul Simonds, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- The world's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has several groups riding with it during its momentous voyage around the horn from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to its new homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Group, comprised of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 1 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, is manned and ready for this historic cruise.

Due to the length of the deployment, the air wing, which is normally assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group, embarked only 25 percent of its total strength. Its main purpose while sailing with Ronald Reagan is to complete as many training evolutions as possible.

"My priority is to get some great training for some of my younger pilots," said Capt. Jim Greene, commander CVW 11. "The opportunity to look at the back end of a ship and land an airplane is a training opportunity we don't want to miss."

CCDG 1 is overseeing all the training exercises, as well as the entire transit to San Diego.

"As everyone knows, a major objective of this transit is the inter-fleet transfer of Ronald Reagan from the Atlantic to her new homeport in the Pacific," said Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE, Rear Adm. Robert Moeller. "Along the way, the strike group has a unique opportunity to operate with South American navies."

Both CCDG 1 and CVW-11 find it rewarding to be sailing around the horn on the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

"It is an incredible honor to be the first commander of the Navy's newest Carrier Strike Group," said Moeller. "I'm privileged to have the opportunity to take the group to sea for the transit of South America."
"It's unlikely I'll have the opportunity to observe Ronald Reagan throughout its 50-year lifespan, but I will always keep a close eye on its activities," said Greene.

The Navy offers Sailors the opportunity to make history. Today, Ronald Reagan Sailors, and those serving with CVW-11 and CCDG 1, are doing just that. The strike group, as one unit, is ensuring the security of the nation by securely delivering the Navy's newest aircraft carrier to its new homeport in San Diego.

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76.

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