On September 1st, members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and guests visited aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, while it was in Pearl Harbor. Thirty JASH members and their guests were given this rare opportunity to visit the most modern aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy. The visit to the USS Ronald Reagan was also significant in that the aircraft carrier supported Japan Disaster Relief efforts immediately following the tragic earthquake and tsunami, as a major participant in the U.S. Military’s Operation Tomodachi.
The Captain greeted the JASH visitors and provided a military briefing in the operations center on the aircraft carrier’s capabilities and its role in Operation Tomodachi. Following the briefing, the guests were shown around the ship, to include the aircraft-laden main flight deck. The U.S. Navy allowed all the guests to take as many photos as desired, and each visitor was able to create an unforgettable record of the visit.
JASH would like to thank the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Pacific Fleet for arranging this unique visit. We also pass our special thanks to the many sailors who accommodated our visit. The visit to the USS Ronald Reagan is an example of how JASH promotes the important relationship with the local U.S. military community, as well as providing community leaders with the opportunity to learn about the U.S. military role in maintaining regional security and disaster relief and assistance.