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    US Strike Group Headed by USS Ronald Reagan Begins Patrol in Indo-Asia-Pacific

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    The US Navy Carrier Strike Group 5, comprising the USS Ronald Reagan, has left Japan for routine patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the Pacific Fleet said in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, guided-missile cruiser Shiloh, guided-missile destroyers Barry, John S, are included in the patrol, as well as McCain, McCampbell and Mustin, and aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing 5.

    "Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 departed for patrol, May 16, to commence its routine operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," the release stated.

    The release noted that the USS Ronald Reagan, flagship of the strike group, and Carrier Air Wing 5 planes are scheduled to conduct flight deck and carrier qualifications.

    Ronald Reagan returned to operations on May 8 after more than five months’ maintenance.

    Carrier Strike Group 5 is forward-deployed to Japan as part of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet.

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