The ninth ship of its class, the USS Ronald Reagan is named in honour of former President Ronald Reagan, President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Upon its christening in 2001, it was the first ship to be named after a then-still-living former president.
Since late 2015, Ronald Reagan has been the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5), the only forward-based carrier strike group home-ported at Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the United States Seventh Fleet. Ronald Reagan also embarks Strike Warfare Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) and its nine squadrons. As of June 2015, CSG 5 includes three Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (CDS 15), which serves as the Sea Combat Commander and is responsible for eight assigned Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
Ronald Reagan and the ten surface combatant ships operate out of Yokosuka, Japan, while CVW 5 operates out of Atsugi, Japan, when not embarked on Ronald Reagan. Together, these units form the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward deployed (and largest) carrier strike group.
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