Aircraft Carrier “USS Ronald Reagan” Anchor Drop – Forecastle Anchor Room



U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conducts an anchoring evolution in the forecastle of the ship.When you’re dealing with something as huge and fast moving as an aircraft carrier’s anchor, it’s important to be as safe as humanly possible.It’s not every day you get to see inside an aircraft carrier.

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A number of sailors can be seen in the video working in the forecastle anchor room making sure that the anchor is properly dropped.As can be seen, the chains in the anchor are extremely thick and heavy and have to be lowered carefully as to not harm any of the sailors on board.

At one point in the video, the anchor begins to be dropped at a rapid pace, causing sparks to fly up in the air due to the friction caused by the chains. As soon as the sparks hit the air, the dropping of the anchor is slowed down and stopped.


The Reagan is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy. She is the ninth ship of her class and was the first ship to be named for a then-still living former president.