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Ronald Reagan CVN 76 under construction

Ronald Reagan CVN 76 under construction

Ronald Reagan CVN 76 under construction

Ronald Reagan CVN 76 under construction

CVN 76 Under Construction

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

Two Boatswain's Mates observe the arrival of a pallet during a replenishment at sea (RAS) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

US President George W. Bush shakes hands with the crowd as he thanks the airman of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for their service to their country. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to the christening ceremony for the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia. Several hundred airmen and their families welcomed the President and First Lady to Virginia

Christening Ceremony for Ronald Reagan CVN 76

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing behind the lectern), U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks at the U.S. Navy Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) christening ceremony being held at the Newport News Shpbuilding Yards in Newport News, Va., on March 4, 2001. The USS RONALD REAGAN is the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier and named in honor of former President Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. (U.S. Army photo by SGT. Ramona E. Joyce) (Released)

US President George W. Bush addresses several hundred Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, personnel and dependents upon his arrival to Virginia to attend the christening of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding

US President George W. Bush greets the son of US Air Force MASTER Sergeant Kenneth Reinhart on his brief visit to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The President is enroute to attend the christening of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

US Air Force Colonel Goldfein, 1ST Fighter Wing Commander, welcomes US President George W. Bush to Langely Air Force Base, Virginia. President Bush stopped at Langley enroute to the christening of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Adam Rhodes, mans a sound powered phone aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a replenishment at sea (RAS).

Former 1st Lady Nancy Reagan christens CVN 76

US President George W. Bush greets the crowd at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia. Several hundred airmen and their families welcomed the President and First Lady to Virginia

US President George W. Bush greets the daughter of US Air Force MASTER Sergeant Kenneth Reinhart on his brief visit to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The President is enroute to attend the christening of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

US President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush arrive at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

Shot of President George W. Bush as he thanks the airman of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for their service to their country. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

US President George W. Bush thanks the airman of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for their service to their country. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to a christening ceremony for the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia. Several hundred airmen and their families welcomed the President and First Lady to Virginia

Two Boatswain's Mates observe the arrival of a pallet during a replenishment at sea (RAS) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

US President George W. Bush shakes hands as he thanks the airman of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for their service to their country. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia. Several hundred airmen and their families welcomed the President and First Lady to Virginia

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing behind the lectern), U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks at the U.S. Navy Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) christening ceremony being held at the Newport News Shipbuilding Yards in Newport News, Va., on March 4, 2001. The USS RONALD REAGAN is the Navy's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier and named in honor of former President Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. (DoD photo by PETTY Officer 1ST Class Johnny Bivera) (Released)

Christening of the Ronald Reagan CVN 76

Christening of the Ronald Reagan CVN 76

Crewmembers from Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) clean up the boat landing and beaches

Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

The Honorable Charles Allen, Vice Mayor of Newport News and Capt. Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer, Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Sailors assigned to Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Bluejacket of the Year

Commanding Officer Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

2002 Atlantic Fleet Rifle and Pistol Championships

2002 Atlantic Fleet Rifle and Pistol Championships

Sailors from Pre-commissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Weapons Department, G-1 Division, participate in early morning physical training (PT)

PCU Ronald Reagan Sailor prepares for Patriot Day observances on the first anniversary of 9-11.

Flying a Pentagon flag over Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) headquarters

Michael Reagan chats with PCU Ronald Reagan Sailors

Michael Reagan addresses PCU Ronald Reagan Sailors

Mr. Chas Fagan, sculptor, is profiled next to his bronze relief of former President Ronald Reagan that is attached to a remnant of the Berlin Wall,

Surgical technician Amina Sherali places recently transfused bone marrow from Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Michael Griffioen into a sterile bag in preparation for transplant.

Surgeon Hans Janovich performs a bone marrow harvest operation on Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Michael Griffioen.

Surgeon Dr. Hans Janovich performs a bone marrow harvest operation on Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Michael Griffioen

Capt. Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer Pre-commissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), presents a plaque to Ronald Reagan's Sailor of the Year for 2002, Operations Specialist 1st Class Brian Hollars.

Acting Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Hansford T. Johnson.

Acting Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Hansford T. Johnson.

Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes a lighthouse located at Fort Story Army Base

Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes a lighthouse located at Fort Story Army Base

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan accepts the Department of the Navy�s Distinguished Public Service Award from the Honorable Hansford T. Johnson, acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)

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

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks to bring the ship to life.

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks to bring the ship to life during the ship's commissioning ceremony aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks to bring the ship to life

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks

Side boys render honors as the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney is piped aboard for the commissioning of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Speakers for the commissioning ceremony of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and their guests bow their heads in silence during the invocation.

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)

Capt. Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) addresses a distinguished audience at the commissioning ceremony of the of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

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

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks to bring the ship to life during the ship's commissioning ceremony aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va

Sailors stationed aboard the Navy�s newest aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) �man the rails� during the commissioning ceremony.

Crewmembers of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) keep with the Navy tradition of running up the gangplanks to bring the ship to life.

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)

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

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

More than 15,000 guests, family and friends attend the commissioning of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Naval Station Norfolk

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

The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with a 21-gun salute during ceremonies held at Naval Station Norfolk

Capt. Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) addresses the audience at the commissioning ceremony of the of the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

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

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) ship�s sponsor and Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, is greeted by an appreciative audience as she orders the men and women of the USS Ronald Reagan to �bring the ship to life.�

Aircraft fly over the newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in diamond formation at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for the ship.

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.

Catapult-Arresting Gear Officer Lt. Cmdr. Scott Smith waits for an F/A-18 Hornet to make a touch and go as part of the ship's flight deck certification process.

An SH-60F from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7) lifts off the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during the flight deck certification process off the coast of Virginia.

First arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Gerald Hanson, makes the first trap.

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate Airman Will E. Heard gives the signal to lift the tail hook on an F/A-18 Hornet

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).

Catapult-Arresting Gear Officers, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Smith (left) and Lt. Steve Wyss signal a fouled deck during air recovery operations aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate 2nd Class Juan Canales directs an F/A-18 Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) to one of four steam driven catapults on the ship�s flight deck

An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Gerald Hanson, makes the first trap.

First catapult launch from the flight deck aboard the Navy�s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Mechanics assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) perform a systems check as they ready an F/A-18 Hornet for launch from the flight deck.

Catapult Arresting Gear Officers Lt. Brad Fudge, left, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Smith, center, and Lt. Steve Wyss prepare the deck for an F/A-18 Hornet.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) flight deck certifications.

Airman Terrance Flournoy mans a fire hose during a flight deck fire drill aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from one of four steam driven catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

Airman Dylan Wondra directs aircraft on the flight deck, while an F/A-18F Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

USS Ronald Reagan (CV 76) passes the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as Reagan steams through the Atlantic Ocean for the first time as a commissioned ship

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through the Atlantic Ocean for the first time as a commissioned ship

An F/A-18F Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through the Atlantic Ocean for the first time as a commissioned ship

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate Airman Emery Tronchin, left, from East Orange, N.J. and Aviation Boatswain�s Mate 1st Class James Dennis from San Antonio, Texas, communicate with deck edge operators.