USS RONALD REAGAN is the 9th NIMITZ - class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. November 11, 2000, was a key milestone in the construction of the RONALD REAGAN when the 650-ton island house was placed atop the ship's flightdeck at Newport News Shipbuilding.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 8, 1994|
|Keel laid: February 12, 1998|
|Launched: March 5, 2001|
|Commissioned: July 12, 2003|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion System: two nuclear reactors|
|Main Engines: four|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Aircraft elevators: four|
|Arresting gear cables: three|
|Length, overall: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters)|
|Flight Deck Width: 257 feet (78.34 meters)|
|Area of flight deck: about 4,5 acres|
|Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters)|
|Draft: 38,4 feet (11.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 100,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Planes: approx. 85|
|Crew: Ship: approx. 3,200 Air Wing: 2,480|
|Armament: two Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Systems|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS RONALD REAGAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS RONALD REAGAN Cruise Books:
USS RONALD REAGAN's Commanding Officers:
|November 2000 - August 2003||Captain John W. Goodwin, USN|
|August 2003 - November 17, 2005||Captain James A. Symonds, USN|
|November 17, 2005 - May 2, 2008||Captain Terry B. Kraft, USN|
|May 2, 2008 - August 12, 2010||Captain Kenneth J. Norton, USN|
|August 12, 2010 - present||Captain Thom W. Burke, USN|
Accidents aboard USS RONALD REAGAN:
|January 17, 2005|
An MM1 dies from 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 70-percent of his body sustained during steam-valve maintenance.
|January 28, 2006||120 miles southeast of Brisbane, Australia|
An F/A-18C assigned to VFA-25 crashes while attempting to land aboard RONALD REAGAN. The pilot safely ejects and is recovered. No injuries are reported.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The design of the USS RONALD REAGAN's seal was created entirely by her plankowner crew with historical assistance provided by staff members at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley, California. Every aspect of the seal has relevance to the President, who, as Mr. Lou Cannon states, "dreamt big dreams and gave back to the world the America he had inside of him."
The red border rings the ship's seal much like the distinctive red rim defines the White House china designed for, and used by, the President and First Lady during their White House years.
Four gold stars represent his 40th presidency and President Reagan's four pillars of Freedom - the timeless principles he championed: preserving individual liberty; promoting economic opportunity; advancing global democracy around the world; and instilling national pride. These four pillars guided the President throughout his years of public life and form the core of his lasting legacy.
"Peace Through Strength," was a recurring theme of the President's life in public service. America won The Cold War on this doctrine. The President spoke of its significance in his Radio Address to the Nation on September 24, 1988 when he said: "One thing is certain. if we're to continue to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. if we have learned anything these last eight years, it's that peace through strength works."
The aircraft carrier, cutting a powerful swath through the sea, is positioned by the west coast representing his two terms as Governor of California and the ship's homeport in the Pacific Fleet. The three aircraft symbolize the three major military operations the President directed during his tenure: Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada/1983); Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya/1986); and Operation Praying Mantis (Iran/1988). Aircraft carriers played a significant role in these operations.
Colors of red, white and blue dominate the seal reflecting the American flag.
|July 12, 2003||Commissioned|
|May 27 - July 23, 2004||Around the Cape Horn transit to new homeport of San Diego, Calif.|
|January 4 - July 6, 2006||Maiden deployment to western Pacific and Persian Gulf|
|January 27 - April 20, 2007||Short notice 3-month WestPac to fill in for KITTY HAWK (CV 63) which underwent scheduled maintenance in Japan.|
|May 19 - Nov. 25, 2008||6-month WestPac deployment including disaster response in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Also operations in support of OEF.|
USS RONALD REAGAN Construction Gallery:
USS RONALD REAGAN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the RONALD REAGAN at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010.
The photo below was taken by Shiu On Yee and shows the RONALD REAGAN anchored at Hong Kong. The carrier visited Hong Kong from August 12-15, 2011.
The photos below were taken by me and show the RONALD REAGAN at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2011.
The photos below were taken by me on May 12, 2012, and show the RONALD REAGAN undergoing her 12-month Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
The photos below were taken by Henry Schnutz on August 27, 2013, and show the RONALD REAGAN at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.