It’s game time! The Planned Incremental Availability, or PIA, is finally over and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and her crew will take to the high seas with an unprecedented level of readiness.
Since completing RIMPAC in July 2014, Ronald Reagan’s time and energy has been spent preparing for what’s on the horizon – the epic three-hull swap and subsequent voyages to Japan for Ronald Reagan and around the Horn of South America for those taking temporary ownership of USS George Washington (CVN 73).
The ship’s most significant accomplishment over the past eight months was working together with numerous organizations to completely overhaul many major components of the ship and completing the mission. This accomplishment marks the first time since 2008, that an aircraft carrier stationed in the continental U.S. has completed a PIA on time.
Today, Reagan is one of the country’s most up-to-date tools for projecting power and presence around the globe, and is ready for her forward-deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
The teams undertook an extraordinary amount of work during PIA, fixing or refurbishing 48 watertight doors, 50 decks, 21 heads and 17 berthing compartments. Overall their work totaled more than 22,000 man-days, saving the Navy about $10 million.
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