July 12, 2003.
Marion (Peirce) Gilby is about to celebrate her 80th Birthday, and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan is commisioned. Meaning, the “U.S.S.” was officially added to the ship’s name.
Before today, it was the “Ronald Reagan” since it was christened on March 4, 2001.
Before that, it was just CVN-76.
As of today, the U.S. Navy officially “owns” the boat.