2014年01月22日

My recent piece in Jane's Defence Weekly: USS Ronald Reagan to replace George Washington as 7th Fleet carrier

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USS Ronald Reagan, seen leaving San Diego on its maiden voyage on 4 January 2006, will be forward deployed to Japan, the US Navy has announced. Source: US Navy

USS Ronald Reagan to replace George Washington as 7th Fleet carrier

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 January 2014

The US Navy (USN) announced on 15 January that USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will replace USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the 7th Fleet's forward-deployed aircraft carrier based in Yokosuka, Japan, in a move it said will enhance naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region.

The USN said USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) will move from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego to serve as a rotational carrier in the 3rd Fleet. This enables Ronald Reagan to leave San Diego - her current homeport - and move to Yokosuka.

George Washington will head to Virginia in preparation for a four-year mid-life refuelling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The USN said a specific timeline for the changes will be announced closer to the vessels' departures and that the new posture "brings our most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and operational capability to bear in the timeliest manner".

The ninth of the Nimitz class carriers, Ronald Reagan was commissioned on 12 July 2003. The ship's company can number up to 3,200, not including an air wing of 2,480. It can carry 90 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

George Washington , which in 2008 became the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be based in Japan, can embark the same number of crew but carries a maximum of 85 aircraft.


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