St. Cloud native steers Navy warship in Indian Ocean

  • Seaman Davina Allen
    Seaman Davina Allen

Seaman Davina Allen, a native of St. Cloud and a St. Cloud High School graduate, is serving aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during maritime security and stability operations in the Indian Ocean.

The Ronald Reagan carrier strike group, including Ronald Reagan and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), routinely operate throughout the Indo-Pacific in support of U.S. commitments to regional allies and partners.

These operations mark the second occasion of the 2020 deployment where the strike group has sailed in the Indian Ocean, demonstrating its capability to quickly respond to any contingency throughout the region.

As a Navy seaman, Allen preserves the exterior of the ship and stands deck watches, as well as driving the ship.

“It makes me proud that I am able to serve my country and help other countries be their best selves,” said Allen. “As a 19 year old, it is a unique opportunity to steer a warship.”

While operating in the Indian Ocean, strike group ships and aircraft will maintain high-end warfighting readiness through air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and force protection exercises.

“Our flexible presence is a key element in helping assure our regional allies and partners that the United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of the seas,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer, Ronald Reagan. “From the international dateline to the Indian Ocean, and everywhere in between, on board Ronald Reagan we seek to preserve peace through strength, and remain ready to answer the call.”

Since Ronald Reagan’s Yokosuka departure in June 2020, the ship continues to operate in the Indo-Pacific alongside allies and partners to demonstrate the United States of America’s commitment to defense agreements, as well as promote peace and prosperity by supporting international norms.

Visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) photo gallery for more photos and information about past and current operations here: