USS Ronald Reagan begins Indo-Pacific deployment, onloads 1,000 tons of ordnance

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5), with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as lead ship, has started its Indo-Pacific deployment by onloading a thousand tons of ordnance.

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“To kick off deployment, Reagan onloaded more than 1,000 tons of ordnance – enough combat power to cause the ship to sit five-inches lower on the waterline – in addition to personnel and aircraft from aviation squadrons within CVW-5,” CSG 5 public affairs said.

It noted that with more than 5,000 crew embarked, and 60-plus aircraft, USS Ronald Reagan is capable of sustaining around-the-clock maritime operations.

CSG 5 said that the group will work alongside allies and partners to strengthen regional capabilities, further develop warfighting concepts, and improve distributed maritime operations that provide layered defense options to protect shared interests.

“Together, the U.S. and its allies promote peace and prosperity by supporting international norms,” it noted.

CSG 5 is forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. It is homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

“In a testament to our namesake’s slogan, the Reagan crew has proven time and again that whatever challenge we face, It CAN Be Done,” said USS Ronald Reagan commanding officer Captain Pat Hannifin. “Our team has embraced this motto, completing in port maintenance ahead of schedule, doing our part for the health protection and warfighting readiness of the Navy, and continuing to stand the watch as America’s away team.”