USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

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The Reagan on the Strait of Magellan (2004)
The Reagan on the Strait of Magellan (2004)
Order August 12, 1994
Keel laying February 12, 1998
Launch March 10, 2001
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning July 12, 2003
Technical specifications

approx. 97,000 standard tons (fully loaded)


317 meters (waterline), 332.85 m (flight deck)


40.84 m (fuselage), 76.80 m (flight deck)


12.50 m


3,200 ship crew
+ 2,480 aircraft personnel


2 nuclear reactors, 4 propellers


> 30 knots


2 Sea Sparrow and 2 Rolling Airframe starters


up to 85

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is an aircraft carrier of the US Navy and heard Nimitz class to. The "Supercarrier" is the ninth ship in the class and was named after the US President Ronald Reagan . The carrier has its home port in Yokosuka , Japan , the headquarters of the United States Seventh Fleet .


As with every Nimitz- class carrier, the length of the Reagan is 317 meters at the waterline and 333 meters above all, the width 40.84 meters at the hull. When fully loaded, the ship displaces approx. 97,000 standard tons. Around 5,680 people work on the ship, including around 3,200 crew members and 2,480 members of the flight squadron.

Special features are the bulbous bow , which the US Navy used on a carrier for the first time on the Reagan , as well as a smaller island with an optimized arrangement of the antennas on its roof.

Carrier aircraft

The Reagan can hold a maximum of 85 aircraft. From February 2005 to 2010, was Squadron Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) on the Ronald Reagan stationed. From 2011 to 2015 the CVW-2 was stationed on the Reagan . By moving to Japan in August 2015, this was replaced by the CVW-5 squadron . It consists of the following seasons:

tactical number Season Aircraft type Nickname Radio callsign
from 100 VFA-102 Boeing F / A-18F Super Hornet Diamondbacks Diamond / Diamondback / Snake
From 200 VFA-27 Boeing F / A-18E Super Hornet Royal Maces Mace
from 300 VFA-115 Boeing F / A-18E Super Hornet Eagles Eagle / Talon
from 400 VFA-195 Boeing F / A-18E Super Hornet Dambusters Chippy
from 500 VAQ-141 Boeing EA-18G Growler Shadowhawks
from 600 VAW-115 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP Liberty Bells Liberty
from 610 HSC-12 Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk Golden Falcons
from 700 HSM-77 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk Sabrehawks
xx VRC-30 Det. 5 Grumman C-2A Greyhound NP Providers Password


CVN-76 was commissioned in 1994 and laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1998 . After three years of construction, the ship was launched and was christened Ronald Reagan . Reagan's wife Nancy was godmother. In the summer of 2003 the Reagan officially entered service. The construction cost was $ 4.3 billion.

After a journey through the Strait of Magellan , the Reagan was stationed at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego . From there she set out on her first mission to the Persian Gulf in early 2006 as part of the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq . On the way back she took part in the Valiant Shield maneuver . Half a year after his return, in early 2007, the Ronald Reagan relocated a second time, this time to the Western Pacific. Since the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) suddenly had to go into dry dock, the Reagan replaced her at short notice.

The next regular relocation followed in May 2008. In the course of this trip, the combat group helped the victims of Typhoon Fengshen in the Philippines and the travelers of the capsized Princess of the Stars . In September, the Reagan moved to the area of ​​operations of the 5th Fleet and replaced her sister ship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) there. More than 1,150 sorties were flown over Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom . In May 2009 the Reagan was relocated to the western Pacific. In the summer of 2010 she took part in the multinational exercise RIMPAC . In 2010 she also supplied the cruise ship Carnival Splendor , which ran into distress off the Mexican coast, with food flown in from California.

Illnesses from the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Decontamination on March 22, 2011 after deployment in Japan

In March 2011, the aircraft carrier was sent off the coast of Japan to stand by for emergency aid after the Tōhoku earthquake as part of Operation Tomodachi . On March 14, 2011, three helicopter crews, which consisted of 17 crew members, had to be decontaminated because they had come too close to the Fukushima I nuclear power plant , where several core meltdowns had occurred. The deck of the aircraft carrier was also later decontaminated. At the end of 2013 it became known that 71 crew members had become seriously ill since this mission, 51 of them from various types of cancer (as of January 2014). Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is believed to be the cause of the illnesses, the aircraft carrier's crew members filed a lawsuit against the Japanese energy company and operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tepco . The decisive factor is that, as members of the US Navy, you are not allowed to sue the US government . In May 2016, lawyers announced that 7 of their 400 or so clients had died, including from leukemia .

In August 2015, the Ronald Reagan replaced the USS George Washington (CVN-73) as a carrier stationed in Japan.

Illnesses from COVID-19

On March 28, 2020, it was announced that cases of the lung disease COVID-19 had occurred on the ship .


The USS Ronald Reagan has the nickname Gipper , her motto is “Peace Through Strength” and comes from the namesake of the ship. The ship was the first aircraft carrier of the American Navy, which was named after a former president while it was still alive.

The USS Ronald Reagan can also be seen in the film Battleship , as is the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) , which is now a museum ship . The USS Ronald Reagan served together with the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) as the filming location and set for the fictional USS Saratoga (CVN-88) in Godzilla (2014) .

Web links

Commons : USS Ronald Reagan  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. CNIC USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan to Support Security, Stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region (Engl.), US Navy press release NNS151001-01 of October 1, 2015
  2. CVN-76 (Engl.), Accessed September 10, 2008
  3. CVN-76 History, (English)
  4. 51 US soldiers fall ill with cancer after their Fukushima mission . In: Focus , January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. US soldiers seriously ill after the Fukushima mission . In: Die Welt , January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue . In: New York Post , December 22, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  7. ( Memento from January 9, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Former Prime Minister Koizumi backs US sailors suing over Fukushima radiation . In: The Japan Times Online . May 19, 2016, ISSN  0447-5763 ( [accessed January 1, 2017]).
  9. Jared Keller: A second aircraft carrier is reportedly facing a COVID-19 outbreak. In: Task and Purpose. March 28, 2020, accessed on March 31, 2020 .
  10. ^ CNN bulletin, March 4, 2001 - Ronald Reagan Commemorates Former President's 90th Birthday , accessed January 24, 2008