The newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the US Navy, the "USS Ronald Reagan," left Naval Air Station North Island on Wednesday for its first deployment. It´s also the maiden deployment for most of its sailors.
Named in honor of the late former US president Ronald Reagan, the carrier will lead a battle group headed for naval operations overseas supporting the US led war on terrorism. Capt. Terry Kraft is looking forward to his first command.
The latest Nimitz-class carrier houses up to 6,000 sailors and will carry more than 80 combat aircrafts. It´s able to operate for 120 days independent from replenishment.