(Aug. 7, 2015) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transit the Pacific Ocean prior to conducting a hull-swap. The force structure change allows George Washington to undergo its mid-life refueling complex overhaul and Ronald Reagan to support the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)
"Anytime there is a significant change of personnel the ship has to re-certify its flight deck and hangar bay,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate First Class Demetrius Davis, V-3 division leading petty officer. “The certification process ensured our personnel were able to secure aircraft properly, combat causalities and properly execute drills such as moving aircraft to different spots on the flight deck and hangar bay.”
Not only were newly updated networking systems tested during the evolution, but after completing a recent hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) a newly integrated Ronald Reagan team was tested as well.
“This was our first time operating the entire system underway with the staff, squadron, and airwing onboard,” said Ensign Kyle DeVries, Ronald Reagan’s Combat Systems division officer. “This is a relatively new system for aircraft carriers, so we tested to see how the system would work in support of this ship’s new mission as the forward-deployed aircraft carrier.”
Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific was on board for the last time before the ship’s departure to Yokosuka, Japan to evaluate the damage control teams as they conducted drills.
"ATG was here to evaluate how well the two crews blended together and to provide training to ensure the unified Reagan team is on the right track as we transition to deployment," said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Schaub, Ronald Reagan's Damage Control Assistant. "They are here to certify we are training watch standers properly, our flying squad is capable of handling casualties and the ship as a whole is still capable of combating causalities."
Ronald Reagan is the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
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