BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) – October 30, 2015 — The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived in Busan for a goodwill port visit, Oct. 30.
Units who arrived included the U.S. Navy‘s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Mustin (DDG 89).
“The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) have served side-by-side for more than 60 years and we are proud of the strong alliance we have forged with our South Korean partners,” said Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet. “This was clearly displayed over the past few days during our bilateral training together.”
The U.S. routinely conducts CSG operations in the waters around the ROK to exercise maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance, and improve regional security. These bilateral exercises consist of a routine training, subject matter expert exchanges, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills, communication drills, air defense exercises, counter-mine planning, and distinguished visitor embarkations.
“My crew and I are excited to be here and we look forward to experiencing the local culture here in Busan,” said Capt. Chris Bolt, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “While we are in port, the crew will be engaged in a series of community relations events, have the opportunity to take tours in the local area, and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.”
Reagan’s Religious Ministries Department and Afloat Recreation team organized eight community relations projects and eight local tours and attractions for Sailors to participate in and enjoy during their visit to Busan.
“Events like these help to strengthen our bonds and support the long-lasting friendship between our two great nations,” said Bolt. “We look forward to our visit and we are very thankful to our hosts and the support of the community here in Busan. I’m certain that our time here will create memories that will last a lifetime.”
Ronald Reagan and CVW-5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas