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    Riverside Native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    Riverside Native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cameron Edy | YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 12, 2021) – Riverside, California native and Patriot High...... read more read more



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    YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 12, 2021) – Riverside, California native and Patriot High School graduate Joseph Fontaine is serving aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan returned to Yokosuka, Nov. 14, following a six-month Indo-Pacific deployment.

    Ronald Reagan transited nearly 60,000 miles as embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 20,000 flight hours during a deployment that included exercises and operations with allies and partners across the region.

    While deployed, the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group conducted trilateral integrated operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy, flight operations in the Indian Ocean for the first time in more than four years, dual-carrier operations with the USS Nimitz (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group, exercises Valiant Shield and Keen Sword, as well as, Expeditionary Strike Force operations with USS America (LHA 6).
    Fontaine, an Aviation Ordnanceman Airman, is responsible for safely moving, storing and building airborne weapons onboard the ship. He explained why getting the vaccine was important to him.
    “Getting the vaccine is my solution to going back out to Japan, taking in the sights and enjoying all the delicious food. In other words, having things go back to normal,” said Fontaine.

    In port, Ronald Reagan continues to provide forward presence and the crew will maintain a high level of training and warfighting proficiency. Ronald Reagan will be postured and ready to respond to regional contingencies.

    “Ronald Reagan’s flexible presence is a key element in helping assure our regional allies and partners that the United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of the seas,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of Ronald Reagan. “From the international dateline to the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea, and everywhere in between, on board Ronald Reagan we seek to preserve ‘peace through strength,’ and remain ready to answer the call.”

    The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

    U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.



    Date Taken: 03.02.2021
    Date Posted: 03.01.2021 21:06
    Story ID: 390271
    Location: YOKOSUKA, JP 
    Hometown: RIVERSIDE, CA, US

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