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USS Ronald Reagan to leave for Washington

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CORONADO (CNS) - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is scheduled to depart Friday afternoon for a year-long overhaul in Bremerton, Wash.

"Maintaining the ship's material condition is an important part of ensuring that Ronald Reagan reaches its 50-year life cycle," said the carrier's commander, Capt. Thom Burke. "The next year will help us remain a fully-capable war-fighting vessel."

The ship, based in San Diego since 2004, has been deployed five times in the last six years.

It returned in September from its most recent cruise, in which its crew conducted relief efforts following Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The sailors, Marines and airmen also supported operations in the Middle East.

The Reagan was scheduled to leave in the morning, but departure was moved to the afternoon because of a mechanical glitch that cropped up -- and was resolved -- on Thursday.

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is the only government dry dock on the West Coast capable of handling a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

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