Wednesday, May 19, 2010

USS Ronald Reagan Underway for Sea Trials

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Torrey W. Lee, USS Reagan Public Affairs

May 19, 2010 - USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed Naval Air Station North Island for sea trials May 18.

The event marks the first time that Ronald Reagan has been underway since Oct. 21, 2009, when it completed its fourth deployment in four years. The three-time Battle "E" award-winning carrier is concluding a six-month planned incremental availability (PIA), a scheduled maintenance period designed to upgrade ship's systems and quality of life for its Sailors. Sea trials allow these systems to be tested and necessary quality checks to be performed.

Upon successful completion of sea trials, Ronald Reagan's PIA will officially conclude and the ship will rejoin the operational fleet.

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