Families welcome USS Ronald Reagan home to Japan after ‘tough’ fall deployment
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Ronald Reagan returned to its homeport in Japan Monday after a fall patrol highlighted by a rare tri-carrier exercise and a plane crash that killed three sailors.
Capt. Buzz Donnelly, the Ronald Reagan’s commander, suggested that early November’s four-day drills with the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt strike groups east of the Korean Peninsula were a milestone of the outing that began in early September.
The training — which took place as President Donald Trump wrapped up his lengthy tour of five Asian nations — included air-defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and close-in coordinated maneuvers.
“It is very complex whenever we have multiple carrier strike groups operating together, and that’s why we look for any opportunity to exercise that capability,” Donnelly said.
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