At sea aboard Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) May 5, 2003 – Sailors aboard the Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Ronald Reagan took the world’s newest aircraft carrier out to sea for the first time during Builder’s Sea Trials off the coast of Virginia. Reagan Sailors and Northrop Grumman Newport News Ship Builders worked side-by-side testing systems to ensure the warship can operate in defense of freedom around the world for the next 50 years. (US Navy photo Photographers Mate 2nd Class James Thierry/RELEASED)

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