USS Reagan Aircraft Carrier

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USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier. Includes all E2-C models &F18 Hornet. Be sure to down-load the jps image maps includedas a download.Traditionally, very few ships of the United States Navy were named after a person who was alive at the time of the christening, but recently the number began increasing rapidly; the list includes Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709), Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Bob Hope (T-AKR-300), Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), Nitze (DDG-94), Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), and George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). Unlike most of the other men honored by inclusion in this group, Reagan was not associated with the United States Navy apart from his term as Commander in Chief, though one of his key initiatives in office was the 600-ship Navy program.The contract to build Ronald Reagan was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 8 December 1994 and her keel was laid down on 12 February 1998. She was launched on 4 March 2001, christened by Reagan's wife Nancy, and commissioned on 12 July 2003, with Captain J. W. Goodwin in command. At the commissioning ceremony, Mrs. Reagan gave the ship's crew the traditional first order as an active unit of the Navy: 'Man the ship and bring her to life.'Former First Lady Nancy Reagan christens the USS Ronald Reagan with President George W. Bush looking on, March 4, 2001.Former First Lady Nancy Reagan christens the USS Ronald Reagan with President George W. Bush looking on, March 4, 2001.President Reagan, who did not attend either the launch or the commissioning because of his Alzheimer's Disease, died eleven months later. At the end of the graveside services, the ship's commanding officer at that time, Navy Captain James Symonds, presented the flag that draped the former president's casket to Mrs. Reagan at her request. This was also the flag that had flown over Capitol Hill on January 20, 1981, when the president was inaugurated. Captain Symonds also presented Mrs. Reagan the flag that had been flying over the Ronald Reagan when the former president died.[edit] StatisticsRonald Reagan displaces approximately 95,000 tons of water fully loaded, has a top speed of over 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors driving four screws, and can sail for over 20 years before needing to refuel.[1] She is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall[2] at 1,092 feet (333 m) and is 134 feet (41 m) wide at the beam and has a flight deck 252 feet (77 m) wide. The flight deck covers over 4.5 acres (18,000 m²). She carries more than 5,500 sailors and over 80 aircraft.During her transfer from the Atlantic to the Pacific, she transited the Straits of Magellan. Her homeport is Coronado, California. On July 6, 2006 the Ronald Reagan returned to her homeport of Coronado from her maiden deployment where she conducted operations in support of the continuing war on terror. USS Ronald Reagan and the Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) departed North Island Coronado in San Diego County on January 27, 2007 on a previously unscheduled surge deployment[3] to the Western Pacific fulfilling the role of the forward deployed carrier Kitty Hawk while it undergoes $28.5 million of maintenance in Japan. On April 20, 2007 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to their homeport of Coronado following a three-month surge deployment in support of operations in the Western Pacific.Reaga