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ARLINGTON, Va. — The USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, left San Diego on Wednesday to head out to the Western Pacific on its maiden deployment, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Few details were available Tuesday on what the Reagan’s mission will be.

A Navy news release said the ship will “conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the Western Pacific.”

It’s a routine six-month deployment, said Chief Petty Officer Ray Mooney, a spokesman for Commander Naval Air Forces in San Diego.

Mooney said the Reagan would be available to go to the Indian Ocean and even the Persian Gulf if needed.

“They’ll respond to whatever crisis they need to,” he said.

The ship would also likely conduct exercises with foreign militaries, he said.

The Reagan’s liberty ports have not yet been released, Mooney said.

Commissioned in July 2003, the Reagan is the Navy’s ninth nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.


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