SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and its 3,000 crew members will arrive at their new home at Naval Air Station North Island July 23 at 10 a.m.
A homeporting ceremony for the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will be conducted promptly at 11:00 a.m., with Nancy Reagan and Michael Reagan expected to attend. Other distinguished visitors, including members of congress, state officials and celebrities are also expected.
The aircraft carrier departed Norfolk in May and has been underway for nearly two months while traveling around the tip of South America. Capt. James A. Symonds commands the aircraft carrier.
Also aboard are the Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 1 staff, led by Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller, and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, commanded by Capt. James K. Greene. These three entities comprise the Reagan Strike Group leadership.
Five squadron detachments from CVW-11 are aboard. They include the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, flying the F/A-18E; and VFA-41, the Black Aces, and their F/A-18F aircraft. Both squadrons fly the Super Hornet and are based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
Also embareked are the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 Wallbangers, flying the E-2C Hawkeye 2000, from Point Mugu, Calif.; the Indians of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 6, flying the SH-60F Seahawk; and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Providers, flying the C-2A Greyhound, both based in San Diego.
During the transit, the strike group conducted bilateral training and air engagement exercises with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru in support of Summer Pulse 2004. The crew also enjoyed port visits in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and Callao, Peru.
Summer Pulse '04 is the first exercise under the Fleet Response Plan, or FRP. The FRP promises a more flexible and unpredictable Navy, capable of 'surging' on short notice, and applying unparalleled sea and air power wherever the president directs.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) was commissioned in July 2003.
For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm or visit the Summer Pulse '04 Navy NewsStand site at www.news.navy.mil/local/pulse04.
For related news, visit the Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/airpac.