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    USS Ronald Reagan Completes Selected Restricted Availability

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Reinstalls the Portside Anchor

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    Story by Seaman Michael Jarmiolowski 


    YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 20, 2021) – The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), completed their Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) upon return from sea trials on May 16.

    Sea trials are designed to gauge and test the ship’s systems and equipment after an extensive four-month SRA involving combined maintenance teams from the ship, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), and U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center.

    During sea trials, Ronald Reagan’s crew participated in major evaluations, including the execution of high-speed turns, sea and anchor evolutions, precision anchoring trials, testing of countermeasure wash-down and aqueous film forming foam systems, and testing of the ship’s self-defense weapons systems.

    “My fellow quartermasters and I worked hard to ensure all of the navigation and safety equipment was up and running to prepare for getting underway [for sea trials],” said Quartermaster Seaman Devin Baker. “We did our part to achieve the mission by going out to sea.”

    On May 13, in conjunction with sea trials, the ship completed all requirements necessary for the ship’s SRA while at-sea.

    “A ship's maintenance availability is always a huge project,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “The teamwork and exceptional quality of work that we enjoy from our partners among government workers and contractors – Americans and Japanese working side by side, together – are second to none, and our track record over the past several years proves it. Finishing the 2021 selected restricted availability, and now sea trials, helps turn the page for our crew towards another new and exciting chapter in the history of our Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.”

    During SRA, from January to May 2021, the ship carried out three different levels of maintenance; organizational, intermediate and depot-level maintenance.

    “The operational tempo of a forward-deployed naval force is much higher than a unit based in the continental United States,” said Cmdr. Gregory Notaro, Ronald Reagan’s chief engineer. “With that, we require a lot more maintenance on the equipment because it gets used more. Whether preservation, fabrication or a major overhaul, each type of maintenance we do is crucial to keeping Ronald Reagan mission-ready both now and into the future.”

    Organizational maintenance encompasses preventative maintenance, which Sailors accomplish through the Maintenance Material Management (3M) system, as well as the preservation and renovation of spaces throughout the ship. This preservation and renovation includes things like corrosion control, painting and lubrication.



    Date Taken: 05.16.2021
    Date Posted: 05.21.2021 17:25
    Story ID: 397110

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