An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Sept. 11, 2018

USS Ronald Reagan Welcomes New Commanding Officer in At-Sea Ceremony

By MC2 Brandon Martin USS Ronald Reagan

PHILIPPINE SEA - After serving more than two years as commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Capt. Michael “Buzz” Donnelly was relieved by Capt. Patrick Hannifin during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, Sept. 10.

"Serving as commanding officer of the USS Ronald Reagan has been one of the most exciting and rewarding times of my career,” said Donnelly. “The crew of the United States' only forward-deployed aircraft carrier is comprised of some of the finest Sailors in our Navy, Sailors who rise up every day to tackle a very fast-paced and challenging operating environment. I could not be more proud of the hard work put forth by our Sailors, who make America's Flagship the finest in the fleet."

During Donnelly’s tenure from April 2016 to September 2018, Ronald Reagan participated in various exercises in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Exercises such as Keen Sword, Talisman Saber, Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise, Annual Exercise, and Tri-Carrier operations served to project presence in the area and increase interoperability with friends and allies in the region.

Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 praised Donnelly’s leadership and the crew’s performance under his command.

“Buzz, you have every right to be proud of your many accomplishments and the team’s performance. The team has won countless awards, adapted to changing real world tensions and answered every call,” said Thomas. “I know you worked tirelessly to achieve a team of winners. It was apparent to me the moment I walked aboard your ship. They are a combat ready crew, and in fact, there is no more combat ready carrier in the fleet.”

Hannifin is a native of San Diego, California, and was commissioned in 1991 after receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Education for Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (NROTC) and Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and the United States Air Force Test Pilot School. Hannifin has over 2,800 flight hours in 33 different aircraft.

"I am incredibly honored to serve among patriots aboard USS Ronald Reagan in our Forward Deployed Naval Forces,” said Hannifin. “As one of our nation's most visible symbols of resolve and lethal instruments of war, USS Ronald Reagan looks forward to promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region for years to come."

Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Tempest Express Builds Multinational Crisis Response Capabilities
May 23, 2024 - Mongolia, the United States, and other global partners participated in the Tempest Express 39 multinational workshop in Ulaanbaatar, May 14-22, 2024. Tempest Express 39 builds upon continued coordination of previous...

USINDOPACOM PMTEC Commercial Industry Day
240517-N-ZZ099-1011 (17 MAY 2024) U.S. Indo-Pacific Command 's Pacific Multi-Domain Training Experimentation Capability (PMTEC) program office, led by Dr. Andre Stridiron recently hosted an Industry Engagement event which drew over 160 representatives from nearly 60 companies in attendance.
May 23, 2024 - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command 's Pacific Multi-Domain Training Experimentation Capability (PMTEC) program office, led by Dr. Andre Stridiron recently hosted an Industry Engagement event which drew over 160 representatives from...

First US Army Reserve and Philippine Army Reserve Subject Matter Expert Exchange
U.S. Army Reserve 1st Sgt. David Albert, assigned to 3rd Mobilization Support Group, facilitates a block of instruction on personal data sheets to members of the Philippine Army Reserve during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague Isabela, Philippines, April 10, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Gene Espinoza)
May 22, 2024 - U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, held the first-ever Army Reserve Subject Matter Expert Exchanges with the Philippine Army Reserve during Exercise Salaknib and Exercise Balikatan 24 in April, 2024...

15th SPSS innovates with Mount Official Scheduling System
Members of the Mount Official Scheduling System team pose atop the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā in Hawaii. In just under six months, the MOSS team created and deployed a web-based application that provides the warfighter with 15-20% more Space Domain Awareness data. (Courtesy photo provided by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Holland)
May 22, 2024 - Perched atop the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā in Hawaii, lives Space Delta 2’s 15th Space Surveillance Squadron. The 15th SPSS operates the Maui Space Surveillance Complex and is home to small, medium, and large-aperture...

Pacific Air Forces Airmen participate in multilateral logistics, safety symposium in New Zealand
Ally and partner nations' personnel gathered for the annual Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces C-130 and Fighter Logistics and Safety Symposium, or LASS, in New Zealand May 13-17, 2024. Countries in attendance this year included: United States, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)
May 22, 2024 - Ally and partner nations gathered in New Zealand for the annual Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces C-130 and Fighter Logistics and Safety Symposium, or LASS...