Bremerton welcomes USS Ronald Reagan

Bremerton welcomes USS Ronald Reagan

Credit: KING

The USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Puget Sound for a year of maintenance work in Bremerton, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2011.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

BREMERTON, Wash. -- The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., welcomed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan for a year of maintenance work Tuesday.

The 1,100-foot-long carrier's home port has been changed administratively from San Diego to Bremerton so families can join the sailors during the extended stay.

Not all family members can come north but many have already arrived. The ship has a crew of about 2,500.

In what may have been a strange sight for ship watchers, the carrier was transporting several hundred cars instead of jets on the main flight deck. Those are the cars belonging to crew members and their families.

The Reagan maintenance is a $218 million job.

The carrier USS Nimitz will be wrapping up its own Bremerton maintenance stint in February and will then switch its home port to Everett, Wash.
 

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