Ronald Reagan Strike Group participates
in RSOI/Foal Eagle 2007
By USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs
USS RONALD REAGAN, At sea – The
Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) kicked off its participation in
Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal
Eagle (RSOI/FE) 2007 March 25, following a four-day port visit to
Busan, Republic of Korea.
Exercise RSOI/FE 07 is a scheduled combined/joint exercise conducted
annually involving forces from both the United States and the
Republic of Korea (ROK). RSOI/FE 07 is designed to provide training
for our forces in the various aspects of reception, staging, onward
movement, and integration as well as focusing on rear area security
and sustainment operations.
The exercise demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the ROK/U. S.
alliance and enhances combat readiness of ROK and U.S. supporting
forces through combined and joint training.
Rear Adm. Charles Martoglio, commander of the Ronald Reagan Strike
Group, said the seven day exercise is designed to enhance the
overall readiness between U.S. and ROK forces working in a combined
and joint environment.
“RSOI/Foal Eagle allows the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and other
U.S. forces to improve our working relationship with other key
nations in the region,” said Martogolio. “Our presence during this
exercise demonstrates that we can rapidly integrate into the forces
already present in the region to provide a unified and capable
According to Capt. Terry B. Kraft, Ronald Reagan’s commanding
officer, Ronald Reagan’s role in RSOI/FE will include exercises that
help support theater security, cooperation and engagement with the
ROK and to reinforce the strong alliance that already exists between
the U.S. and ROK Navy.
“Ronald Reagan will play a major role in this exercise,” said Kraft.
“RSOI/Foal Eagle is one of the most important exercises Ronald
Reagan has been a part of and shows the U.S. commitment to peace and
stability in the region. We look forward to working with our ROK
During the exercise, ROK Navy personnel are also scheduled to embark
Ronald Reagan as part of an officer exchange program.
The RRSG is comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 (CCG 7),
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the guided-missile
cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyers
USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), and Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Detachment 15.
Ronald Reagan was commissioned in July, 2003, making it the ninth
and newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship
is named after the 40th U.S. president, and carries the motto of
“Peace through Strength,” a recurrent theme during the Reagan
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego Jan. 27 on
the current surge deployment.
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