USS Ronald Reagan Sailors Enjoy Hawaii Port Visit

Story Number: NNS050202-07Release Date: 2/2/2005 12:27:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Stephanie Senn, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 22 for a three-day port visit after spending 12 days underway on a mission supporting Operation Unified Assistance.

The ship was scheduled for a short underway period at the beginning of January, but at the last minute, was assigned to deliver two Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 C-2A Greyhound aircraft to Hawaii. This gave Capt. James A. Symonds, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer, a chance to give his crew liberty in Hawaii.

"Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit," said Symonds. "I'm glad we had the opportunity to take part in this important mission and give the crew liberty they have earned."

Among the various activities available in Pearl Harbor, many Ronald Reagan Sailors visited the USS Arizona memorial. The memorial doesn't normally open for ceremonies on the weekend but made an exception for four Reagan Sailors who wanted to reenlist at the historical site.

Many Sailors from Ronald Reagan also took advantage of Naval Station Pearl Harbor's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) discounted ticket program for tours and attractions all over the island. Because of the last-minute nature of this port call, the ship's MWR division wasn't able to provide a large number of recreational activities prior to pulling into port. Naval Station Pearl Harbor's MWR jumped in and set up a kiosk on the pier that gave Sailors the opportunity to take full advantage of their services.

According to Personnelman 2nd Class Nicole Slovinec, administration department, the port visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

"Even though we had to extend the underway for this mission, it was worth it," said Slovinec. "We accomplished our mission and we got to see Hawaii. Nothing is better than that."

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