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Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to visit Vietnam.

| 2022

According to information published by Radio Free Asia on July 5, 2022, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is to visit Vietnam in the second half of July, the first U.S. carrier to stop in a port there in more than a year.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (Picture source: US Navy)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. She was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, and was commissioned on 12 July 2003.

The aircraft carrier has a length of 1092 feet (332.8 m), a beam of 252 ft (76.8 m), and a draft of 37 feet (11.3 m). She can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

USS Ronald Reagan is powered by two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, four steam turbines, and four shafts. The aircraft carrier can carry up a complement of 3532 sailors.

The flight deck is angled at nine degrees, which allows for aircraft to be launched and recovered simultaneously. This angle of the flight deck was reduced slightly in relation to previous carriers, as the current design improves the air flow around the carrier. Four steam catapults are used to launch fixed-wing aircraft, and four arrestor wires are used for recovery.

The USS Ronald Reagan can carry a total of 90 fixed-wing helicopters. The weapon systems of the CVN-76 include 16–24 × RIM-7 Sea Sparrow air defense missile and Phalanx CIWSs for defense against airborne threats such as anti-ship missiles and helicopters or RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is a small, lightweight, infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

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