John Chimbo, a Lakeland High School graduate, currently serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which continues to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

Chimbo, petty officer 3rd class, is an aviation machinist’s mate who works with a team of skilled mechanics that tear down and build aircraft jet engines.

“Never thought I would find myself in an environment like this, but since I’ve become a part of this organization, I’m proud of what we sacrifice to accomplish the tasks we are given,” Chimbo said.

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Since the ship’s departure from Yokosuka, Japan, in June, the Ronald Reagan continues to operate in the Indo-Pacific alongside allies and partners to demonstrate the United States of America’s commitment to defense agreements, as well as provide security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

In early July, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups started conducting dual carrier operations in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. These carrier strike groups incorporate the capabilities of embarked fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Aegis guided-missile cruisers and destroyers, and attack submarines.

Most recently, Ronald Reagan completed a trilateral naval exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Australian Defense Force (ADF). Australia and Japan have both fostered long-standing alliances with the United States. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the treaty of mutual cooperation and security between the United States and Japan.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is the Navy’s only forward-deployed strike. It consists of Carrier Air Wing 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89).

Information in this article was provided by the Navy Office of Community Outreach.