Saturday, November 29, 2008

Home From The Sea

That's the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the newest and largest in the whole fleet, making its ways into its home port of San Diego on November 25th after a six month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Collectively known as Carrier Strike Group 7, the guided missile destroyers USS Decatur and USS Gridley, guided missile frigate USS Thach, guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the USS Ronald Reagan, with a total of 5,500 crew aboard, returned home just in time for the holidays.

Aviators from the ships flew 1,150 sorties in support of coalition troops in Afghanistan, providing security on the ground and at sea. They unexpectedly diverted to the Philippines last summer in the aftermath of Typhoon Fengshen, rendering humanitarian aid and airlifting a total of 260 tons of fresh water, rice and medical supplies nonstop over eight days.

Thanks to the US Navy for the photograph, taken by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class David Brandenburg.

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