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Norfolk, Va. (July 12, 2003) -- U.S. Navy fighter aircraft perform a flyover at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony of the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  Ronald Reagan was commissioned into naval service today during a traditional Navy ceremony aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ronald Reagan is named after the 40th President of the United States, and is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.  The ship's motto is "Pease Through Strength" a phrase coined by President Reagan who is widely credited for bring an end to the Cold War, and rebuilding the U.S. military. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stefanie Antosh.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
July 12, 2003
Photographer's Mate Airman Stefanie Antosh
Caption Writer
LCDR Paul Jensen Dep Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
CVN 76
Other Visible Equipment
Not available
Plane Number
Not available
Norfolk, VA
Tail Code
Not available
Not available
Docked, 4-plane formation fly-over of ship