Something tells me that the quartermaster of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan was yelling something like "Ya-Hoo!" when this picture was taken.
This is the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) undergoing rudder tests in 2007.
Just a humble suggestion: let's stop naming major warships after politicians. Now, to be fair or even generous to my Republican colleagues, we've already got a U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), and soon we'll have a U.S.S. Gerald Ford (CVN-78). Fine, no need to change the names of these ships or take anything away from these fine Americans. But can we all agree that, going forward, we revert to using traditional warship names and not the names of politicians for major warships?
Let's turn the focus back to honoring history and the fighting men and women of our nation's armed services. The next aircraft carrier in line for service (CVN-79) would likely replace the redoubtable U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65). Can anyone think of a more honorable name for CVN-79 than U.S.S. Enterprise? Or what about the tried and true names of "Constitution" and "Constellation"?
Battleships were once named for states. Now aircraft carriers are the Navy's largest surface combatants. Why shouldn't future aircraft carriers bear the names of U.S. States?
Let's turn our focus back to honoring history and tradition when naming Navy ships, and away from the practice of naming them after politicians.