The U.S. Navy’s solely forward-deployed plane provider and the flagship for Service Strike Group 5 (CSG 5), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), together with USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Barry (DDG 52), arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a usually scheduled port go to, September 23. In the course of the port go to, Ronald Reagan is scheduled to host a number of U.S. and Republic of Korea dignitaries aboard the ship at a “Huge High” reception and conduct a number of key chief engagements ashore. USS Benfold (DDG 65) pulled into Chinhae as a part of the strike group’s go to.This go to is the ship’s first to Busan in almost 5 years, and first to the Republic of Korea in almost 4 years.

“As at all times, we sit up for each alternative to work with our companions within the Republic of Korea. Thanks to the federal government and other people of Busan for internet hosting us in our return go to, which is able to undoubtedly additional strengthen our ties. The individuals of Busan have at all times warmly welcomed our Sailors to their metropolis and I do know the crew is worked up to discover all that this incredible metropolis has to supply,” mentioned Capt. Fred Goldhammer, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer.


“The Ronald Reagan Strike Group’s go to is of strategic significance to the U.S. and Republic of Korea relationship and is a transparent and unambiguous demonstration of U.S. dedication to the Alliance. We’re excited to return to Busan. Our presence and commitments to the Republic of Korea and the Indo-Pacific area usually are not new, and visits like this are a part of our routine operations within the area which have helped keep peace for greater than 70 years,” mentioned Rear Adm. Buzz Donnelly, commander, CSG 5.

Republic of Korea Navy Sailors put together to moor the U.S. Navy’s solely forward-deployed plane provider USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Busan, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leon Wong)

COMREL occasions are scheduled at native orphanages and temples that can present Sailors the chance to volunteer and study concerning the native tradition and other people. Greater than 200 of the ship’s 4,900 Sailors will take part in group relations (COMREL) initiatives. The ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation workplace is offering Sailors with cultural and sightseeing excursions to expertise the points of interest Busan and the ROK have to supply. The Ronald Reagan Service Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. seventh Fleet space of operations in help of a free and open Indo-Pacific area. Because the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, seventh Fleet interacts with 25 different maritime nations to construct partnerships that foster maritime safety, promote stability, and stop battle.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier within the service of america Navy. The ninth ship of her class, she is called in honor of Ronald W. Reagan, President of america from 1981 to 1989. She was constructed at Newport Information Shipbuilding in Newport Information, Virginia, and was commissioned on 12 July 2003. Ronald Reagan made 5 deployments to the Pacific and Center East between 2006 and 2011 whereas based mostly at Naval Air Station North Island. In October 2015, Ronald Reagan changed USS George Washington because the flagship of Service Strike Group 5, the one forward-based provider strike group home-ported at Yokosuka, Japan, as a part of america Seventh Fleet.

US Navy Nimitz-class USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Busan for First Fime Since 2017
Tugboats put together to maneuver the U.S. Navy’s solely forward-deployed plane provider USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to port in Busan, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leon Wong)