Flagship of US 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group 7
The carrier is now docked at the South Korean naval base in Busan. According to the newspaper two other vessels in the strike group, the cruiser USS Chancellorsville and guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, are also visiting Busan.
The three ships carry about 6,660 sailors total.Two other strike group ships, the guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur and USS Howard, are docked at Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province. Each destroyer has about 300 sailors.In both cities, sailors will divide their time between community relations visits to such places as local orphanages, and sports and social events with South Korean sailors and soldiers.One highlight of the visit promises to be the time the Reagan's sailors spend with their South Korean naval counterparts. "It's the sailor-to-sailor interaction that people remember most" from such visits, she said.Visits to a nursing home, a vocational training center, and homes for orphans, the elderly and the mentally disabled — six trips in all — are also scheduled for the Reagan's crew.The Reagan was last in South Korea in March 2007 with a port visit to Busan.The ship was commissioned in July 2003 and is the ninth and newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
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