US forward-deployed carrier strike group departs Japan for patrol

United States forward-deployed Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group departed Yokosuka, Japan on May 29, for a regularly scheduled patrol to operate in the Western Pacific. The US Navy said Ronald Reagan Strike Group will be conducting training in the US 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the lead ship of the strike group, recently successfully completed a week-long sea trials after a four-month selected restricted availability for the accomplishment of repairs and selected alterations.

US Navy Task Force 70 commander Rear Admiral Marc Dalton said the strike group is “very excited to get underway and begin to train and operate together, as well as with our allies and partners.”

“As we get underway for these operations we will continue to represent the United States as the security partner of choice in the region, to ensure freedom of the seas, drive stability and security and to promote adherence to a rules-based international order,” Rear Admiral Dalton said.

“The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is ready to get underway to perform our mission in all respects and to answer the call of our nation and our allies,” he added.

Ronald Reagan Strike Group includes Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).