USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7 staff are back at sea conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf following their visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) April 16-20 during a scheduled port visit.
During the port visit, Sailors used their free time experiencing the local culture of the city of Dubai, shopping and sightseeing. Reagan is currently on its maiden deployment, and this port visit was the second time the ship has visited the UAE in the past two months.
While in port, Reagan's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program offered a variety of opportunities for Sailors to relax and have fun, including a basketball tournament, golf outings and 12 different tours. The most popular tour among Reagan Sailors was the highly acclaimed "Sunset Safari" tour.
"The sunset safari was definitely an eclectic experience with something for everyone to enjoy," said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Nicole Slovinec, who works in Reagan's Administrative Department. "Whether they liked the thrill of four-wheeling through the dunes, watching the belly dancer or the delicious ethnic food, everyone that went seemed to have had a great time," said Slovinec.
According to Aviation Structural Mechanic Ryan Wilmarth, from Reagan's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), travel was one of the reasons he decided to join the Navy.
"Visiting places in the Middle East is interesting because I get to experience other cultures outside of Western societ," said Wilmarth.
Reagan's port visit was much-needed and well deserved after completing a Maintenance and Material Management (3M) Assessment earlier this month. But after a few good days of fun and relaxation, Reagan and the embarked air wing are back at sea supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting MSO in the Persian Gulf.
MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts in regional nations.
MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
Commissioned in 2003, Reagan is the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and departed San Diego Jan. 4 on its maiden deployment.
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