United States Navy Ronald Reagan Strike Group has successfully completed its patrol in the US 7th Fleet area of operations which started late May. Among the last destinations the American strike group went was Manila.
Ronald Reagan Strike Group returned to its homeport in Yokosuka, Japan on July 24.
The strike group was composed of the lead ship aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Milius (DDG 69) and USS Mustin (DDG 89).
“USS Ronald Reagan and her crew completed an extremely successful patrol, including operations in multiple areas throughout the Indo-Pacific region, participating in the Malabar 18 exercise with our Japanese and Indian naval counterparts, and a memorable port visit to Manila, Philippines,” said Captain Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer.
“I am very proud of the professionalism our Sailors consistently demonstrate on a daily basis: from executing liberty as a mission in Manila, to conducting complex flight and maritime operations underway, including seamless participation with our partners and allies. Our effective, safe execution reflects the immense capability, drive, and motivation onboard USS Ronald Reagan operating with Carrier Air Wing 5,” Donnelly said. “It truly represents the strength and high operational readiness of our country’s forward-deployed naval forces.”