This email from Jim Chryst who is, like me an old salt.
"This big baby really sits low in the water.
After seeing so many CVA's on Yankee Station, it's incredible to see a low profile like this."
Thursday, January 05, 2006
060104-N-5060B-182 Pacific Ocean (Jan. 4, 2006) - An SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) provides security alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as she departs her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, and heads out to open sea. More than 5,500 Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group deployed today in support of the Global War on Terrorism and maritime security operations. This is the maiden deployment for the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Brown (RELEASED) More Photos> > USS Ronald Reagan Departs on Maiden Deployment SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 4 on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific. This will be the maiden deployment for the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. “During both COMPTUEX (Composite Unit Training Exercise) and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise), Ronald Reagan and CVW (Carrier Air Wing) 14 proved to be a formidable fighting