Reagan Makes Port Visit to Valparaiso, Chile


Story Number: NNS040630-08Release Date: 6/30/2004 9:51:00 AM
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From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

VALPARAISO, Chile (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) crew members visited Valparaiso, Chile, from June 25-29. This was the second port visit during the ship's transit to its new homeport in San Diego.

Ronald Reagan, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Strait of Magellan, is deployed along with six other carrier strike groups as part of Summer Pulse '04, the Navy's first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP).

"After transiting the Strait of Magellan and taking USS Ronald Reagan into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, visiting an amazing city like Valparaiso marks one more unique opportunity we've had during this, our maiden deployment around South America," said Commanding Officer Capt. James A. Symonds. "We owe a special debt of gratitude to the Chilean Navy for helping us navigate the strait, which also acted to further our two countries' interoperability."

Continuing in the spirit of interoperability between two nations while in Valparaiso, crew members participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at a local school.

"Sailors are interested in learning about the Chilean culture, and the local COMREL projects, headed by our ship's religious ministries department, offers our Sailors an opportunity to learn about the culture while helping others," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Kathy A. Hansen.

The ship will continue its nearly two-month deployment while traveling around the tip of South America.

For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm.

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

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