San Antonio native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Cindy Sepulveda
SAN DIEGO -- A 2004 William Howard Taft High School graduate and San Antonio native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Chief Petty Officer Cindy Sepulveda is a yeoman aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.
“In our department, we provide all administrative support for our commanding officer. I am the department leading chief petty officer,” said Sepulveda.
The carrier is longer than three football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph.
Sepulveda said she is very proud of the work she is doing as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s nearly 3,000-member crew, helping protect America on the world’s oceans.
USS Ronald Reagan is also a self-sustaining, mobile airport and, like each of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. While under way, the ship carries more than 70 jets, helicopters, and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land on the carrier’s 4.5-acre flight deck.
USS Ronald Reagan is preparing for its move to Japan, as part of the first-ever three-hull aircraft carrier crew and hull swap. It will replace USS George Washington in Japan and become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan.
“The Navy has given me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m further ahead of most people my age and have been able to travel and see the world,” said Sepulveda.
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