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Marines assigned to the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 146 prepare to load ordnance onto an F/A-18C Hornet

Deck department personnel assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) fake mooring lines in the ship's forecastle.

Hundreds of spectators and media witness the commissioning of the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while the ship's crew stand at parade rest during the ceremony

Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO),Vice President Dick Cheney, and Mrs. Nancy Reagan sit together during the commissioning ceremony of the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Principal speaker, Vice President Dick Cheney addresses a distinguished audience at the commissioning ceremony of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Senator John Warner of Virginia, addresses a distinguished audience at the commissioning ceremony of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

U.S. Navy fighter aircraft perform a flyover at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Hundreds of spectators and media witness the commissioning of the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Honors are rendered to Vice President Dick Cheney as the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is commissioned into service

Principal speaker, Vice President Dick Cheney addresses a distinguished audience at the commissioning ceremony of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Nancy Reagan walk through the hangar bay of the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), at the conclusion of the carrier's commissioning ceremony

Sailors stationed aboard the Navy�s newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) �man the rails� during the commissioning ceremony held aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va

U.S. Navy fighter aircraft perform a flyover at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

An F/A-18 Hornet from the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23), makes the first trap.

Airman Andy Johnson helps retrieve one of three arresting cables on the flight deck aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Port bow view of the US Navy (USN) Nimitz class Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) leaves port for the first time as a commissioned naval vessel. The weather conditions are dark, cloudy and overcast

Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Padilla from Weslaco, Texas, sings the Processional hymn during the end of first underway Roman Catholic Mass aboard the newly commissioned nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Green, dons a firefighting ensemble during a main space fire drill aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

After a self-guided tour of the museum's exhibits sailors take a moment to reflect at the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Equipment Airman Jorge Linarez, of North Plainfield, N.J., applies grease to a purchase cable in a machinery room.

Capt. Andres Brugal, Executive Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), details the duties and responsibilities associated with this position.

The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepares for deperming at Naval Station Norfolk Lambert's Point Deperming Station, near Portsmouth, Va.

The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepares for deperming at Naval Station Norfolk Lambert's Point Deperming Station, near Portsmouth, Va. Deperming piers are used to demagnetize vessels.

A port bow view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), showing Sailors manning the rails as the ship is assisted by commercial tugboats, while preparing to depart Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), showing Sailors manning the rails as the ship prepares to get underway at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA). In the background a commercial tugboat give a water salute as the ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS: (FLIGHT I) Guided Missile Destroyer (Aegis), USS COLE (DDG 67), passes astern

Two US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails aboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), as the ship gets underway at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

US Navy (USN) Command MASTER CHIEF (CMDMC) Kathy Hansen, answers questions during a local media interview before departing Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA). CMDMC Hansen is station aboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), which is leaving NS Norfolk and sailing to its new homeport in San Diego, California (CA)

Starboard side view of the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), showing Sailors manning the rails as the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

The US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (foreground) and the Royal Navy (British) HELICOPTER CARRIER, Her Majestys Ship (HMS) Ocean (L 12) pass while transiting the Chesapeake Bay, near Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

Starboard side view of the US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class, Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) underway at Chesapeake Bay, Virginia (VA) while transiting to sea for the final time to circumnavigate South America on its way to its new homeport of San Diego, California (CA). The Royal Navy (British) Duke Class, Frigate, HMS MARLBROUGH (F 233) is passing the Carrier of the port side

A view inside the forecastle deck, onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), showing Sailors handling mooring lines and manning positions at the windlass as the ship prepares to get underway at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), showing Sailors manning the rails as the ship gives a 21-gun salute while preparing to depart Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

Command Master Chief Kathy Hansen of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) answers questions during a local media interview before departing Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Sailors man the rails aboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), as the ship departs Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA). Two USN SH-60 B Seahawk LAMPS Mk III helicopters are spotted on deck

US Navy (USN) Operations SPECIALIST First Class (OS1) Daniel K. Bearden (foreground left), uses a pair of binoculars to scar the horizon, as he mans a watch lookout on the bridge aboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)

US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned to the Maintenance Crew onboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), perform maintenance on the main rotor of a USN SH-60B Seahawk LAMPS Mk III helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six (HS-6) while underway circumnavigating South America on her way to her new homeport of San Diego, California (CA)

Two US Navy (USN) Sailors, assigned to the line-throwing gun crew onboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), watch as the shot line is carried across to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), HENRY J KAISER CLASS: OILER, USNS PATUNXET (T-AO 201), during a Replenishment At Sea (RAS), while underway in the Atlantic Ocean on her way to her new homeport of San Diego, California (CA)

US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned to Ceremonial Rifle Guard duty stand at the present arms position with their 7.62mm M 14 rifles, as the prepare for a 21-gun salute during a Burials at Sea Ceremony, aboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), USN Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class (AT3) Michael Strebendt (left) signal thumbs up to AT3 Vincent Chaco, as he conducts a preflight check inside the cockpit of a USN F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, while the ship is underway circumnavigating around South America on her way to her new homeport of San Diego, California (CA)

The CHIEF of Ceremonies renders a hand salute as one of the four US Navy (USN) Ceremonial Buglers plays "Taps" during a Burials at Sea ceremony held aboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)

US Navy (USN) AIRMAN (AN) Andrew Imamura (foreground), a Plane Captain assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41) washes down an USN F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, aboard the USN NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), while the ship is underway on her way to her new homeport of San Diego, California (CA)

Onboard the US Navy (USN) NIMITZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), USN Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class (AT3) Ariana Gomeztorres, stretches out a fire hose prior to washing down a USN F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41), while the ship is underway on her way to her new homeport of San Diego, California (CA)

Airman Armando Zarco, of Turlock, Calif., removes non-skid from a weapons elevator door in the hangar bay.

An A-4 Skyhawk embarked on the Brazilian aircraft carrier BNS Sao Paulo (A12) performs a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulls into the port of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulls into the port of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sits anchored in Guanabara Bay, as seen from the top of Parque Nacional da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), crew members attend a remembrance memorial for former President Ronald Reagan.

Senior leadership and Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), salute the National Ensign during a remembrance memorial to former President Ronald Reagan.

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), attend a remembrance memorial on the flight deck to pay tribute to former President Ronald Reagan.

Seaman Apprentice Erica Fewins, of St. Joseph, Mo., peers through the

Lt. Evan Colbert assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One One (EOD-11) uses a hand held sonar during a mine countermeasure training exercise.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completes a two month transit from Norfolk, Va., to her homeport in San Diego, Calif.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) enters San Diego harbor.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

he Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) enters San Diego harbor.

- The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif., and officially joining the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), prepares to enter San Diego harbor.

The Navy�s newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) enters San Diego harbor.

he Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif., and officially joining the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), prepares to enter San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego,and officially joining the Pacific Fleet.

Family and friends await the arrival of their loved ones aboard the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif., and officially joining the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), enters San Diego harbor for a homeporting celebration, welcoming the ship to San Diego, Calif.

US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (RADM) Robert T. Moeller (left), Out-going Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group One (CCDG-1), relinquishes Command to USN RAMD Robert J. Cox, during a Change of Command Ceremony aboard the USN NIMITIZ CLASS: Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), at San Diego, California (CA)

Line handlers assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) await the arrival of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Rear Adm. Robert J. Cox, right, returns a salute to Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller while taking command of Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE (CCDG-1).

Seaman Deborah Miller of Alamogordo, N.M., mans the sound powered phones during sea-and-anchor detail aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) conducts an emergency breakaway exercise after completing a replenishment at sea.

A Quartermaster aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) takes a stadimeter reading to ensure proper distance astern as Reagan prepares to come alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).

Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CSG-7), Rear Adm. Mike Miller, answers questions from local media about the upcoming deployment of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter assigned to the Gunbearers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11), prepares to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) replenishment oiler USNS PECOS (TAO-197) conducts a replenishment at sea with aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Seamen Kelly Ortiz, left, from Brooklyn, N.Y., assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), communicates via sound powered phone with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).

Seamen David Chisholm of Waltch-Verona, Ky., assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) signals to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197).

The US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) performs a high speed run during operations on the Pacific Ocean. Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA)

The US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) performs a high speed run during operations on the Pacific Ocean. Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA)

Machinist�s Mate 3rd Class Les Sheffield, from Sweetwater Texas, reads a novel while he relaxes in between two racks after a long day.

An EA-6B Prowler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) is directed onto catapult number two.

Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Christopher Jones from Corpus Christi, Texas, cleans the insides of a propeller from an E-2C Hawkeye.

Aircraft maintainers prepare an F/A-18C Hornet for a low-power engine turn in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), USN Boatswain's Mate Second Class (BM2) Adam Rhodes (center) assists in the training of Boatswain's Mate Third Class (BM3) Lisa Alkire (far right) during an underway replenishment operations with the USN Military Sealift Command (MSC) MARS CLASS Combat Store Ship (AFS) USS NIAGARA FALLS (T-AFS 3). The REAGAN and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are currently deployed in the Persian Gulf supporting maritime security operations in the region

Seaman Shanyn Eckstein, right, mans the phone and distance line on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

An HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) flies in a holding pattern.

The 97,000-ton, Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sails along the coastline while conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.

Airman John Ryals completes his qualifications as a plane captain for the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron One One Three (VFA-113).

An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) walks back onto catapult two to prepare to launch another aircraft on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

A squadron plane captain assigned to the

Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Thomas Worman reviews maintenance procedures for an F/A-18E Hornet assigned to the

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (handling) prepares an E2-C Hawkeye for launch off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Laura Montero, who was flown from the Dawn Princess cruise liner to the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for an emergency surgery in December 2007, speaks to guests at a luncheon held aboard the cruise ship.

Boatswain's mates work to crane off the admiral's barge from the hangar bay into the water.

U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jeremy Preston participates in the United Through Reading Program aboard the Nimitz Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) on Jan. 29, 2007, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The program allows Sailors to videotape themselves reading a book so they may send it to a child or relative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN Kathleen Gorby) (RELEASED)