Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Makes Port Visit to Kuala Lumpur


Story Number: NNS060602-15Release Date: 6/3/2006 7:00:00 AM
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From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS) -- Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing 14, Carrier Strike Group 7, and Destroyer Squadron 7 arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, June 3 for a scheduled port visit.

While in port, approximately 4,800 crew members will have a chance to visit the city of Kuala Lumpur, participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities as well as cultural exchanges.

"Kuala Lumpur is our fourth port that we've visited since beginning our deployment early this year, and one of our most important partners with many shared interests in the region," said Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller commander, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. "This visit gives us an opportunity to show off the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier to our friends in Malaysia.

"The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group's continued presence in the Western Pacific demonstrates America's commitment to security in and around the [region] and our desire to work with regional partners," added Miller.

A number of Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours will allow Sailors to take affordable excursions throughout the city. Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will also participate in a number of community service projects while in Malaysia.

Ronald Reagan Commanding Officer Capt. Terry B. Kraft said he is looking forward to Ronald Reagan Sailors being able to experience the culture of Malaysia during the ship's visit to Kuala Lumpur.

"Kuala Lumpur is a very unique experience for American Sailors," said Kraft. "The Navy and especially Ronald Reagan Sailors have a tradition of being good ambassadors for the United States whenever we make a port visit."

Kraft said he's also excited about the four community service projects Reagan Sailors have been asked to participate in, and the outstanding welcome the Malaysians have given the ship. "I'm sure this port visit will be culturally rewarding for both us and them," he added.

Commissioned in 2003, Reagan is the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is currently underway on its maiden deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and maritime security operations.

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

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