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USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Pearl Harbor

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    2011 AUGUST 31 WDA Richell McWilliams, left, and Jon Furseth, were greeting Riston Furseth and Larrissa Feurer, who were arriving on the Ronald Reagan. Aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan arrives at Pearl Harbor. SA photos by Craig T. Kojima
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    2011 AUGUST 31 WDA Sisters, Angela Brazie, left, and Jenny Breski, were with mother, Annette Brook, to greet their brother, Russell Breski, who was onboard the carrier. Aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan arrives at Pearl Harbor. SA photos by Craig T. Kojima
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    2011 AUGUST 31 WDA Marine Master SGT. Ken Clakley, at right, waves at his wife, Joy Clakley after his arrival in Hawaii. Aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan arrives at Pearl Harbor. SA photos by Craig T. Kojima
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    2011 AUGUST 31 WDA Aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan arrives at Pearl Harbor. SA photos by Craig T. Kojima
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The 1,092-foot, $4.5 billion aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived at Pearl Harbor this morning for a port visit following a seven-month deployment.

The Reagan carrier strike group includes the guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville and the guided-missile destroyers Preble and Higgins, the Navy said.

After leaving its home port of San Diego on Feb. 2, the ships of the Reagan strike group provided aid in Japan following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11.

The Navy’s 7th Fleet repositioned its ships and aircraft away from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant March 13.

The Reagan and 21 other U.S. Navy ships, 132 aircraft and more than 15,000 U.S. personnel helped with relief operations, delivering more than 260 tons of supplies to people ashore, the Navy said.

The Reagan and its strike group ended relief efforts in early April and took part in Malabar 2011, an exercise involving the U.S. and Indian navies. The exercise wrapped up April 9 and involved the Pearl Harbor frigate USS Reuben James, which was not part of the carrier strike group.

The strike group later operated in the Middle East with missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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