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Nuke carrier Ronald Reagan makes port call in Sasebo

Date Posted: 2007-03-02

The USS Ronald Reagan, America’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, put into port at Sasebo over the weekend on its first ever Japan visit.

The carrier, filling in for the USS Kitty Hawk based in Yokosuka while it undergoes extensive maintenance, will operate in the region for the immediate future. The diesel-powered Kitty Hawk will be replaced in several years in Kanagawa Prefecture by a nuclear powered carrier.

Labor and anti-nuclear groups protested the port visit, sending boats into the harbor and other demonstrators to the port as the Nimitz-class ship arrived. The 102,000-ton carrier was in Sasebo through Wednesday for supplies replenishment and crew liberty.

The U.S. Navy provided Japanese journalists a close-up look at the carrier and its air wing during the cruise in from the East China Sea. Photographers and journalists were given the chance to witness F/A-18E Super Hornet fighters and EA-6B Prowler electronic countermeasures planes go through their launch and recovery drills.

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