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    Saluda native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    Saluda native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Jarmiolowski | YOKOSUKA, Japan (March 12, 2021) – Saluda, North Carolina native North Gaston High...... read more read more



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    Saluda native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (March 12, 2021) – Saluda, North Carolina native North Gaston High School graduate Petty Officer 3rd Class Cheyenne Hipp is serving aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is currently in Yokosuka, Japan, preparing for an upcoming deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

    During the ship’s most recent 2020 deployment, 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 Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, exercises Valiant Shield and Keen Sword, as well as, expeditionary strike force operations with amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
    Hipp, a damage controlman, is responsible for performing maintenance on critical damage control equipment and assisting with damage control efforts aboard Ronald Reagan.
    “I feel lucky to be part of the team responsible for vital repairs around the ship,” said Hipp.

    In port, Ronald Reagan continues to provide forward presence. The crew maintains its commitment to train and increase warfighting proficiency, while conducting scheduled maintenance and repairs. Ronald Reagan remains 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: 04.09.2021
    Date Posted: 04.09.2021 01:29
    Story ID: 393414
    Location: YOKOSUKA, JP 
    Hometown: SALUDA, NC, US

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