CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Crew members of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received a special message from the son of the 40th president, and ship's namesake, Jan. 2.
Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan and popular radio show host, visited the ship at Naval Air Station North Island to offer the crew a few words of encouragement before the ship embarked on its maiden deployment two days later.
During his visit, Reagan joined Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller and Reagan's Commanding Officer Capt. Terry B. Kraft for lunch. Reagan also took the time to meet and shake hands with many crew members and wish them well on their deployment.
"I feel humbled just being here," said Reagan. "Being in the presence of so many great people is inspiring."
Reagan has developed a close relationship with the crew of the ship that bears his father's name and has attended numerous ceremonies celebrating the ship's milestones. With only a few days until the deployment, he shared memories and offered some inspiring words to the crew.
"When you leave San Diego and go to the Gulf, do me one favor," said Reagan. "Win one for the Gipper."
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