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Home Post Blog: USS Ronald Reagan Commanding Officer Talks About Japan

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Aired 4/12/11

I had the privilege of taking part in a conference call today with USS Ronald Reagan commanding officer Capt. Thom Burke. He talked with a group of reporters from where the aircraft carrier is now stationed in the Western Pacific ocean.

HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopters from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 prepare to lift off after resupplying on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
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Above: HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopters from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 prepare to lift off after resupplying on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

I had the privilege of taking part in a conference call today with USS Ronald Reagan commanding officer Capt. Thom Burke. He talked with a group of reporters from where the aircraft carrier is now stationed in the Western Pacific ocean.

As you know, the Reagan spent roughly three weeks off the coast of Japan participating in Operation Tomodachi – providing food, water, medicine, and clothing to those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Captain Burke said he personally visited areas wiped out by the tsunami, and described it as a panorama of destruction. (Read more)

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