Ronald Reagan, NFL Unite for Super Bowl Extravaganza


Story Number: NNS090203-13Release Date: 2/3/2009 5:13:00 PM
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By Lt. Ron Flanders, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) partnered with NFL Network and the San Diego Chargers Feb. 1 to throw a special Super Bowl party for the ship's crew.

The ship was an on-location site for NFL Network's
"Hang Time" program, with comedian Jeff Ross hosting a special Super Bowl-themed edition of the show from Ronald Reagan as the crew enjoyed the Super Bowl while in port at Naval Air Station North Island.

"I couldn't ask for a better way to spend Super Bowl Sunday than to spend it at a tailgate party with so many heroes," said Ross, who has performed comedy shows for service members all over the globe. "I mean, I'm on an aircraft carrier! How cool is that?"

Ross was joined in celebrating the nation's biggest football game by four members of the San Diego Chargers' dance team, the "Charger Girls." The Charger cheerleaders spent their Super Sunday watching the game with and signing autographs for Ronald Reagan Sailors.
"We really appreciate all of the Sailors staying back and protecting us on Super Bowl Sunday," said Charger Girl Heather. "We just wanted to make their Super Bowl party a little more exciting."

More than 100 Ronald Reagan Sailors sat together on the mess decks, some in Navy uniform, others sporting the colors of their favorite NFL teams.

"This party is awesome," said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Ravneet Bains of Ronald Reagan's Security Department. "I never would have expected something like this on the ship. It was great to see such a huge turnout."

Three NFL Network cameras scoured the ship the afternoon of the game, interviewing more than two dozen Sailors and profiling the newest aircraft carrier on the west coast. The special edition of NFL Network's "Hang Time" will air in mid-February.

Ronald Reagan is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 7 and the ninth of 10 Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The ship is named for the 40th U.S. president; its motto, "Peace through Strength," was a recurring theme during the Reagan presidency.

For more news from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Ronald Reagan Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn76/.

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