YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA PREF. - The U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan returned Wednesday to its home port of Yokosuka Naval Base following a nearly three-month mission that included patrols and drills in the Sea of Japan.
The Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered carrier left the port on May 16 with about 5,000 sailors aboard and, together with its San Diego-based sister ship USS Carl Vinson, took part in joint exercises with the Maritime Self-Defense Force amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s missile launches.
Capt. Jeffrey Kim, the base commander, and families of crew members welcomed the return.