Ronald Reagan CSG Engages in Air Defense Exercise

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) conducted an air defense exercise (ADEX) Sept. 23 – 24, in the training ranges in the Guam operating area.

The objective of ADEX was to protect the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) from any simulated airborne threats that the ship may encounter out at sea. This evolution is the first time that the strike group has gotten to work together in this type of environment.

Participants of the two-day ADEX comprised of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), Ronald Reagan along with their embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and other squadron entities.

During the exercise more than 30 aircraft, ranging from F/A-18 Super Hornets, E2-C Hawkeyes, E/A-18G Growlers and B-52 Stratofortresses, were utilized by dividing them into red air, hostile threats and blue air, the strike group’s air defense force.

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Chancellorsville also received assistance from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) during the exercise.

The exercise played out in Chancellorsville’s combat information center (CIC) where Sailors experienced and worked through each scenario fulfilling their objective, to protect Ronald Reagan.

Chancellorsville is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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