By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Peter Lewis, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit Aug. 21.
The ship's arrival marks the first time a carrier has visited the island in more than two years.
Capt. Thom Burke, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer, said that he always looks forward to a return trip to Guam.
"I love this place," said Burke. "My crew is very, very excited about being back to visit and to take some time to enjoy the wonderful culture and island life while they're here in Guam."
The crew of approximately 4,500 Sailors will have the chance to tour the island, learn about local culture, relax and have fun in the tropical paradise while in port. The carrier will also host tours for distinguished visitors.
"It feels great to be in Guam," said Chief Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Atiba Johnson. "I'm going to go out, find a nice restaurant and get something to eat - relax a little, then take a nice run on the beach."
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Almond Joy Nervias was in full agreement.
"It's great to have a port visit," said Nervias. "I'm excited to get out and have some liberty. I can't wait to go to the beach, relax, do some swimming and go shopping!"
Ronald Reagan departed for a training exercise and deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) from its homeport of San Diego Feb. 2. Reagan's last deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR was in 2009.