USS RONALD REAGAN
CVN 76
  
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Construction of the ninth Nimitz class ship took place at Northrop Grumman Newport News, Va., starting with the ship's keel laying February 12, 1998, and christening March 4, 2001.

In September 2002, The newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier moved a little closer to commissioning with the testing of the flight deck's catapult one. The tests ran included the launching of "dummy loads", to certify the ships ability to successfully launch aircraft.

The Reagan was scheduled for its first sea trials in February 2003, when the shipyard was to turn the ship over to the Navy.

Numerous delays began to impact on the construction of the CVN 76 in early 2003. Numerous weather delays prevented work from being completed in the flight deck and on the integrated communications system. Furthermore, a fire in late February caused by a faulty circuit breaker caused the Navy and the shipyard to postpone the delivery of the Reagan and her commissioning. Nearly 600 other circuit breakers were retested to insure safety, but it was discovered that nearly 20 percent of those tested were faulty.

In May 2003 the crew of PCU Ronald Reagan passed Phase II Crew Certification. The purpose of crew certification is to determine the ability of the crew to evaluate its own training and its competency to train to Type Commander objectives.

June 20, The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the newest aircraft carrier, PCU Ronald Reagan.

July 12, 2003 USS Ronald Reagan was commissioned during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station. Vice President Richard Cheney delivered the ceremony's principal address while Nancy Reagan, wife of the ship's namesake, served as the ship's sponsor.

May 2, 2004 USS Ronald Reagan re-delivered to the Navy, marking the end of a five-month Post Shakedown Availability/Selected Restricted Availability (PSA/SRA) at Northrop Grumman, Newport News (NGNN). The re-delivery actually took place while the aircraft carrier was at sea off the Virginia coast, following the successful completion of 2 days of sea trials. Major work items completed during the PSA/SRA included the addition of a 1,300-square-foot gymnasium, expanded crew laundry facilities, mast antenna modifications to optimize performance, and upgrades to accommodate the Navy's newest tactical jet fighter; the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

In early May the Reagan got underway for its second set of flight deck certifications. This was the ship's first underway since its maiden port visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in November 2003. Seven squadrons were on board to assist with the certification. The certifications began on May 5 and ended on May 8.

May 10, an F-14 from VF-213 "Black Lions", was launched from the carrier in what was the final Tomcat to leave the deck of USS Ronald Reagan.

May 27, USS Ronald Reagan departed Naval Station Norfolk for the final time to circumnavigate South America on its way to its new homeport of San Diego.

June 9, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit.

June 27, USS Ronald Reagan get anchored off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile, for a port call.

June 29, Latin America’s first multinational amphibious exercise launched June 24 with a record 11 nations participating: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, United States and Uruguay, along with observers from Colombia and Mexico. More than 5,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines will participate in the amphibious phase of UNITAS, including Marine Force UNITAS, USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group. This year's UNITAS is part of the U.S. Navy's Summer Pulse 2004, which involves the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP).

July 5, USS Ronald Reagan CSG completed Silent Forces Exercises (SIFOREX), after four days of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) tactics with the Peruvian Navy.

July 23, CVN 76 pulled to Naval Air Station North Island completing a two-month transit from Norfolk, Va.

November 6, USS Ronald Reagan got underway for the first time since arriving at its new homeport of San Diego. The ship has been in a maintenance availability period since its arrival to have repairs done and to upgrade work centers that weren’t completed while the ship was in Norfolk.

December 16, CVN 76 is currently underway in Pacific Ocean cunducting carrier qualifications for the west coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS).

January 11, 2005 The Reagan departed San Diego for a routine carrier operations in the local area and to drop off two Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 C-2A Greyhound aircraft in Hawaii to help support Operation Unified Assistance. Operation Unified Assistance is the worldwide humanitarian effort to help Southern Asia recover from the devastating tsunamis that paralyzed the region Dec. 26.

January 22, The aircraft carrier pulled to Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a three-day port visit after spending 12 days underway on a mission supporting Operation Unified Assistance. It returned to San Diego on Feb. 5.

March 30, USS Ronald Reagan is currently undergoing a period of planned maintenance availability in her homeport of San Diego.

April 19, CVN 76 is currrently conducting Carrier Assessment Readiness Test (CART II), in her homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, in preparation for an upcomonig underway period.

April 27, The aircraft carrier is currently conducting routine carrier operations in the Pacific Ocean.

May 16, The Reagan is currently underway in Pacific Ocean conducting carrier qualifications for the west coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons.

May 30, USS Ronald Reagan is currently underway conducting routine carrier operations.

June 3, The Reagan is currently conducting Combat System Ship’s Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).

June 15, CVN 76 is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting a Board of Inspection and Survey inspection.

June 24, The carrier returned to its homeport of North Island after routine carrier operations in Pacific Ocean. It underway again on 27th to conduct CQ for various West coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons.

July 10, Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA).

July 16, Hundreds of friends, family members and shipmates gathered, during a memorial service held aboard USS Ronald Reagan, to remember retired Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale and the former prisoner of war and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who passed away July 5 in Coronado, Calif.

August 1, USS Ronald Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting routine carrier operations.

August 10, CVN 76 is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting carrier qualifications for the various West Coast FRS.

August 20, The San Diego-based aircraft carrier is currently conducting a weekend port call in Santa Barbara, California.

September 20, USS Ronald Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting CQ.

October 1, Nearly 3,000 friends and family members of the Reagan Sailors embarked the ship for a day of activities and sightseeing for the ship's Friends and Family Day Cruise. The event coincided with the annual San Diego Sea and Air Parade, which included demonstrations by various naval vessels and aircraft.

November 10, CVN 76 returned to homeport, after 18-day, following completion of the Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year.

November 17, Capt. Terry B. Kraft relieved Capt. James A. Symonds, as CO of the USS Ronald Reagan, during a change of command ceremony held aboard the ship at Naval Air Station North Island.

December 6, The aircraft carrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed San Diego to participate in Joint Task Force Exercise. JTFEX 06-2 is scheduled to take place Dec. 7-15 off the coast of southern California, and is designed to be a realistic exercise in real-world operations and the operational challenges faced by U.S. forces in cooperation with coalition militaries.

December 17, CVN 76 returned to homeport after completing a JTFEX 06-2.

January 4, 2006 USS Ronald Reagan departed San Diego on a maiden deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

January 9, Sailors from Reagan, civilian mariners from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the pilots and aircrew of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 helped rescue a man who suffered from chest pains while aboard a civilian fishing vessel in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Two HH-60H helicopters from HS-4 were dispatched from carrier at approximately 10 a.m. to transport the patient from Rainier to Reagan for medical treatment.

January 12, Cmdr. Gregory Harris relieved Cmdr. Steven James, as Commanding Officer of the VFA-115 "Eagles", during a change of command ceremony.

January 20, USS Ronald Reagan completed a four-day Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Jan. 9-12 off the coast of Hawaii. The goal of the exercise was to test the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the CSG in real-world scenarios. Anti-submarine warfare is critical to support the "Sea Shield" pillar of the Chief of Naval Operation’s "Sea Power 21." This concept calls for the ability to form a maritime shield to defend "Sea Base" areas against submarine and mine threats, and ensure a safe, protected sea passage of U.S. and coalition forces to and from the fight.

January 27, USS Ronald Reagan departed Brisbane, Australia, after a five-day port visit.

January 29, A single seat F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, "Fist of the Fleet", was involved in a mishap while attempting to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan approximately 120 miles southeast of Brisbane, Australia, Jan. 28 at approximately 4:17 a.m. (PST). The pilot ejected safely and was recovered. There were no injuries.

February 7, The Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

February 22, F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the "Eagles" of VFA-115 became the first aircraft launched from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan to drop ordnance on enemy targets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

March 19, The aircraft carrier departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E. after a scheduled five-day port call.

April 27, USS Ronald Reagan, along with USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), took part in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the French navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R-91) and FS Cassard (D-614), the lead ship in the Cassard class of French anti-air frigates. Exercises included drills in communications, air defense and surface warfare tactics. Aircrafts from the Charles de Gaulle also made “touch-and-go” landings aboard Reagan during the exercise.

May 14, USS Ronald Reagan arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a port visit to Dubai.

May 29, USS Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen concluded military operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. CVW 14 launched more than 6,100 sorties, totaling more than 19,600 flight hours, more than 2,940 sorties and 14,200 flight hours have been in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

June 3, CVN 76 pulled to Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit. The aircraft carrier arrived in Hong Kong June 10.

June 16, More than 300 aircraft and 28 ships from the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Groups, as well as the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, will participate in exercise Valiant Shield 2006, off the coast of Guam June 19-23. The exercise will involve more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

July 6, USS Ronald Reagan returned to Naval Air Station North Island after a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf and western Pacific Ocean. As part of CVW-14, VAQ-139 was also the first EA-6B "Prowler" squadron to deploy with the Improved Capability Three (ICAP III) system. In addition, VFA-25, VFA-113, VFA-22 and VFA-115 were the first F/A-18 Hornet squadrons to deploy with ROVER (Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver), a capability to communicate and transfer video to the JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) on the ground.

August 15, The Reagan is currently conducting routine carrier operations in the Pacific Ocean.

August 28, CVN 76 is currently underway conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

October 20, USS Ronald Reagan returned to homeport following a successful week of carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California. The Reagan reached an aviation milestone Oct. 18, successfully completing 20,000 arrested landings since the ship was commissioned in 2003. Completing the milestone recovery was Lt. j.g. Robert Prince, from the Training Squadron (VT) 9 "Tigers", who has been in the naval aviation training program for the past 18 months.

November 3, A new type of aircraft arresting gear control system will be installed on USS Ronald Reagan in 2007 during the ship's next scheduled maintenance period. The new arresting gear control system, the Advanced Recovery Control System (ARC), replaces the mechanical systems and their associated controls used today with state-of-the-art arresting gear digital control system technology. The ARC system has successfully arrested the landings of all current and future Navy and Marine Corps carrier-based aircraft, like the T-45, E-2C+, F/A-18C/D, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G, S-3, and EA-6B aircraft.

November 9, USS Ronald Reagan CSG is off the coast of southern California participating in large-scale joint operations with the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group, which is conducting Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-1 in preparation for the upcoming deployment.

November 21, CVN 76 returned to San Diego following a 12-day quarterly sustainment training under the Navy's Fleet Response Training Plan (FRTP).

December 2, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently underway conducting routine carrier operations in the southern California operating area.

December 19, The Reagan is currently moored pier-side at Naval Air Station North Island following a Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualification (FRSCQ). FRSCQ was likely ship's final underway period of the calendar year 2006, allowing Sailors to spend the holiday season in port with their friends and families.

January 27, 2007 USS Ronald Reagan departed San Diego for a surge deployment in the western Pacific, under the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP), while USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) undergoes scheduled maintenance in Yokosuka, Japan.

February 9, CVN 76 Carrier Strike Group entered the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR).

February 24, USS Ronald Reagan, along with USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), pulled to Sasebo, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

March 1, Capt. Richard Butler relieved Capt. Craig Williams as CO of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 during an aerial change of command ceremony. Butler, a native of Lexington, Ky., graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1983. He entered officer candidate school in 1983 and was designated a naval aviator in July 1985.

March 7, The Reagan CSG arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port call.

March 15, Capt. Richard "Rhett" Butler achieved his 1,000th carrier-arrested landing while flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115.

March 18, USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group took part in a passing exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Philippine Sea March 16-18. JMSDF ships participating in the PASSEX were the JS Myoko (DDG 175), JS Hamagiri (DD 155), JS Yuugiri (DD 153) and JS Haruna (DDH 141).

March 22, CVN 76 arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit in conjunction with Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle 2007. RSOI/FE 07 is a scheduled combined/joint exercise conducted annually involving forces from both the United States and the Republic of Korea.

April 7, USS Ronald Reagan concluded a three-day ammunition offload with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) ammunition ship USNS Flint (T-AE 32), marking the beginning of the end of carrier's surge deployment.

April 9, The aircraft carrier pulled to Pearl Harbor for a brief port visit. Before departing for San Diego, more than 500 friends and family members of the Reagan crew are expected to board the ship as part of the "Tiger Cruise."

April 20, USS Ronald Reagan returned to Naval Air Station North Island following a three-month deployment in support of operations in the western Pacific.

October 31, CVN 76 returned to San Diego following a two-day sea trials, after a 6-month planned incremental availability (PIA). From advanced combat systems and electronics installation, improved berthing compartments and new deck tiles, Ronald Reagan received more than $150-million in renovations and upgrades since entering the PIA cycle in May.

November 9, The Reagan returned to homeport after completing four-days flight deck certification. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed again on 11th for a seven-hour Friends and Family Day Cruise.

November 16, Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup relieved Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio as commander of Carrier Strike Group Seven, during a change of command ceremony held aboard its flagship, USS Ronald Reagan.

November 27, CVN 76 departed homeport for Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) period.

December 15, Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan, and the pilots and aircrew of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) rescued a teenage girl who suffered a ruptured appendix while aboard a Bermuda-flagged cruise ship off the coast of southern Baja California, Mexico.

December 18, The aircraft carrier returned to Naval Air Station North Island after a 21-day underway period completing the Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP).

January 11, 2008 USS Ronald Reagan pulled to Santa Barbara, Calif., for a scheduled port visit. During the two day period Jan. 8-10, the Military Sealift Command ammunition ship USNS Flint (T-AE 32) trasfered more than two million pounds of ordanance to CVN 76. The carrier returned to San Diego on 15th.

January 28, The Reagan is currently of the coast of southern California conducting carrier qualifications.

March 9, CVN 76 is currently conducting CQ for Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS) off the West Coast.

April 7, USS Ronald Reagan CSG returned to San Diego after completing a 22-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of the training cycle for a regularly scheduled deployment.

April 14, The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-5 from April 11-18. The aircraft carrier returned to homeport April 22.

May 19, USS Ronald Reagan, commanded by Capt. Kenneth J. Norton, departed Naval Air Station North Island for a scheduled underway period.

June 12, Cmdr. Richard T. Brophy relieved Cmdr. Eric K. Wright as CO of the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

June 19, CVN 76 CSG arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

June 25, USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) recently arrived off the coast of Philippines to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of the Typhoon Fengshen and to help in salvage operations for the ill-fated MV Princess of the Stars. The 24,000-tonne ferry was carrying 864 passengers and crew when it sank Saturday off Sibuyan Island, 300 kilometres south of Manila, at the height of a typhoon.

July 3, USS Ronald Reagan departed the Sulu Sea and the waters around the Philippine island of Panay, after assisting the Philippine government's humanitarian relief operation. Aircrews flew 332 sorties around Panay and delivered more than 519,000 pounds of much-needed supplies to typhoon victims.

July 6, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulled to Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

July 14, CVN 76 arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.

July 28, The Reagan pulled to Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port call.

August 18, USS Ronald Reagan, along with USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), pulled to Port Kelang, Malaysia, for a port visit.

September 3, The Reagan recently relieved USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on station in the North Arabian Sea. CVN 76 launched its first sorties Aug. 28, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

October 22, USS Ronald Reagan CSG is currently off the coast of India participating in Exercise Malabar 2008 Oct. 15-24.

October 25, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port call.

November 17, The Reagan pulled to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a routine port visit.

November 25, USS Ronald Reagan returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment. The aircraft from CVW-14 launched more than 1150 sorties in support of ground forces in southern Afghanistan.

February 17, 2009 CVN 76 departed Naval Air Station North Island for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications off the coast of southern California. Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 is also training instructor pilots to aid the transition from EA-6B Prowler to EA-18G Growler while underway with the Reagan. This marks the first landing of VAQ 129's Growlers aboard an aircraft carrier.

March 26, The Ronald Reagan returned to homeport after completing the two-week sustainment exercise in the Pacific Ocean, along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and ships from CSG 7. SUSTAINEX is the last coordinated exercise involving the ships of Carrier Strike Group Seven prior to its upcoming deployment later this year.

April 16, The aircraft carrier is currently off the coast of southern California conducting CQ.

May 28, USS Ronald Reagan departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific and Middle East deployment. The departure was delayed for 24 hours because of a malfunction in a voltage regulator on one of the ship's eight electrical generators.

June 21, CVN 76 commemorated the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Fengshen relief efforts while transiting the Sulu Sea near the Republic of the Philippines.

June 24, The Reagan pulled to Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

July 6, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, after USS Ronald Reagan relieved USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on station in the North Arabian Sea.

August 2, Cmdr. Scott E. Raupp relieved Cmdr. Erik O. Etz as CO of the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, during an aerial change of command ceremony.

September 12, Cmdr. Warren E. Sisson III relieved Cmdr. Richard T. Brophy as CO of the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, during an aerial change of command ceremony.

September 22, USS Ronald Reagan, along with USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Gridley (DDG 101), anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a goodwill port call. The aircraft carrier recently completed operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR, launching more than 1,600 sorties in support of OEF.

October 13, CVN 76 pulled to Pearl Harbor for a brief port call and to pick up 850 "Tigers."

October 21, USS Ronald Reagan returned to San Diego after a five-month underway period.

February 22, 2010 Chief Electrician’s Mate (SS/DV) John G. Conyers died Friday after he suffered severe electrical shock while conducting routine electrical work aboard the Reagan. The aircraft carrier is currently undergoing a planned incremental maintenance period at Naval Air Station North Island.

May 18, USS Ronald Reagan departed for sea trials after completing the six-month PIA.

June 2, CVN 76 departed homeport to conduct flight deck certification with the CVW-14.

June 9, The Reagan anchored in the approach to Esquimalt harbor, near Victoria, British Columbia, to participate in the Canadian Naval Centennial Pacific Fleet Review, commemorating the 100th birthday of the Canadian Navy. USS Sampson (DDG 102), USS Chosin (CG 65) and USS Ford (FFG 54) are also participating.

June 16, USS Ronald Reagan departed San Diego again, after picking up members from CVW-14, to conduct Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) and to participate in biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific 2010, off the coast of Hawaii, June 23-August 1.

June 28, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the first (in port) phase of 22nd RIMPAC. Thirty-two ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 20,000 personnel are participating.

August 8, USS Ronald Reagan returned to Naval Air Station North Island after nearly a two-month underway period. The RIMPAC exercise allowed Reagan to test its Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher weapons system for the first time since 2007.

August 12, Capt. Thom W. Burke relieved Capt. Kenneth J. Norton as CO of the Reagan during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

August 25, The Ronald Reagan departed San Diego for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

September 8, The aircraft carrier departed homeport for routine operations off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year.

October 18, USS Ronald Reagan CSG departed for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the West Coast.

November 9, CVN 76 was diverted to a position south, to facilitate the delivery of needed supplies to the C/V Splendor. The Carnival cruise ship reported it was dead in the water early Monday, 150 nautical miles southwest of San Diego, and requested assistance from the Coast Guard.

December 17, The Reagan returned to homeport after a two-day underway off the coast of southern California.

January 4, 2011 USS Ronald Reagan departed Naval Air Station North Island for a two-week training and certification in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

February 2, USS Ronald Reagan CSG departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The Strike Group will first participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), off the coast of southern California, before heading west.

March 11, USS Ronald Reagan CSG, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) were ordered to head to Japan and render disaster relief, if called upon, in the wake of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that left thousands dead on Friday. The Reagan was previously scheduled to visit Busan, Republic of Korea, before participating in exercise Foal Eagle 2011.

March 13, CVN 76 arrived on station off the east coast of Honshu, early Sunday, to serve as an afloat platform for refueling Japan Self Defense Force and other helicopters involved in rescue and recovery efforts ashore.

March 23, USS Ronald Reagan took a pause from flight operations today in order to conduct a fresh water washdown, on its flight deck and embarked aircraft, to remove any remang traces of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant that might have been deposited while conducting disaster relief operations over the past 11 days.

April 8, USS Ronald Reagan is currently participating in exercise Malabar 2011, with the Indian Navy, in the Philippine Sea. The Reagan CSG concluded its support in Operation Tomodachi April 5.

April 18, Capt. Kevin Mannix, Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, completed his 1,000th arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier with the trap of an F/A-18F assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154.

April 19, USS Ronald Reagan CSG arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call.

May 1, The Reagan Carrier Strike Group anchored off the coast of Phuket for a four-day visit to Thailand.

May 15, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 recently launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

May 22, USS Ronald Reagan pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd for a four-day visit to Kingdom of Bahrain.

June 23, Cmdr. Russell W. Jones relieved Cmdr. Christopher A. Middleton as CO of the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship. Jones will be the last Cougars commanding officer to fly an EA-6B Prowler since the squadron is scheduled to transition to the EA-18 Growler at the end of 2011.

August 12, USS Ronald Reagan CSG arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

August 21, The Reagan pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port visit.

August 31, The aircraft carrier arrived in Pearl Harbor for a three-day port visit and to pick up family and friends for a Tiger Cruise.

September 9, USS Ronald Reagan returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

October 14, CVN 76 departed Naval Air Station North Island for carrier qualifications with the CVW-14. The Reagan returned home Nov. 3.

November 4, USS Ronald Reagan departed again to conduct CQ, off the coast of southern California, for Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM).

November 11, The Reagan is currently underway for a Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ).

January 6, 2012 USS Ronald Reagan departed San Diego for a 12-month, $210 million worth, Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) in Bremerton, Wash.

March 12, 2013 The Ronald Reagan moored to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton's Pier Bravo after a three-day underway for sea trials; Departed Bremerton on March 18; Returned to San Diego on March 21.

May 3, USS Ronald Reagan departed NAS North Island for a 12-day underway to conduct flight deck certifications, CVW-2/FRS Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and ammo onload with the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

June 3, Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd relieved Vice Adm. Gerald R. Beaman as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Reagan at Naval Air Station North Island.

June 6, CVN 76 departed San Diego for a six-day underway to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for FRS/TRACOM Carrier Qualifications from July 11-22.

August 13, Capt. Christopher E. Bolt relieved Capt. Thom W. Burke as CO of the USS Ronald Reagan during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

September 5, The Ronald Reagan departed homeport for an eight-day underway to conduct routine training off the coast of southern California. Held an "Open House" at NAS North Island from Sept. 21-22; Underway again from Oct. 16-21; Underway for Group Sail with the CVW-2 and DESRON 9 from Oct. 30- Nov. 15.

December 4, USS Ronald Reagan departed Naval Air Station North Island for an eight-day underway to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) CQ from Jan. 23-30, 2014; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) with the CVW-2 from March 17- April 8; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on April 9.