USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) kicked off its participation in Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle (RSOI/FE) 2007 on March 25, following a four-day port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea.
Exercise RSOI/FE 07 is a scheduled combined/joint exercise conducted annually involving forces from both the United States and the Republic of Korea. RSOI/FE 07 is designed to provide training for our forces in the various aspects of reception, staging, onward movement, and integration as well as focusing on rear area security and sustainment operations.
The exercise demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the ROK/U.S. alliance and enhances combat readiness of ROK and U.S. supporting forces through combined and joint training.
Rear Adm. Charles Martoglio, Commander of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, said the seven-day exercise is designed to enhance the overall readiness between U.S. and ROK forces working in a combined and joint environment.
"RSOI/FE allows the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and other U.S. forces to improve our working relationship with other key nations in the region," said Martogolio. "Our presence during this exercise demonstrates that we can rapidly integrate into the forces already present in the region to provide a unified and capable fighting force."
According to Capt. Terry B. Kraft, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer, Ronald Reagan's role in RSOI/FE includes exercises to support theater security, cooperation and engagement with the ROK and to reinforce the strong alliance that already exists between the U.S. and ROK Navy.
"Ronald Reagan will play a major role in this exercise," said Kraft. "RSOI/Foal Eagle is one of the most important exercises Ronald Reagan has been a part of and shows the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in the region. We look forward to working with our ROK counterparts."
During the exercise, ROK Navy personnel are also scheduled to embark Ronald Reagan as part of an officer exchange program.
The RRSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Detachment 15.
Ronald Reagan was commissioned in July, 2003, making it the ninth and newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship is named after the 40th U.S. president, and carries the motto of "Peace through Strength," a recurrent theme during the Reagan presidency.
The RRSG departed San Diego on Jan. 27 on their current deployment.
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