USS Ronald Reagan
Nimitz-class Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier
Authorized in 1994
Construction began in late 1996 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Newport News VA. The keel was laid down on February 12, 1998.
Christening date: March 4, 2001 (Reagan’s 49th wedding anniversary)
Commissioning date: July 12, 2003
Ten Nimitz class carriers in service, eight named after Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. The other two are named after John C. Stennis and Carl Vinson.