Abraham Lincoln Strike Group WESTPAC 10 Deployment
CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
"Abe" / "Shall Not Perish"
For Lincoln's 2009 stay in Bremerton, both Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton (NBKB) made numerous upgrades in preparation for the ship's arrival. The changes to PSNS and NBKB will make the transition from Lincoln's homeport of Naval Base Everett to NBKB smoother for all hands. In addition to the upgrades to the base, the shipyard is providing the use of two berthing barges. During Lincoln's previous stay in the yards, only one barge was used, making living conditions cramped. Sailors who completed the 2008 deployment need to mentor the new crew members and show them how things are done, the right way, on board Lincoln.
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, completed Naval Surface Fire Support(NSFS) recertification, 05 February 2009, off the coast of San Clemente Island. The completion of NSFS was a major step forward for DESRON 9 in accomplishing their Sustainment Exercise (SUSTAINEX). Having re-attained this certification allows the destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Momsen (DDG 92) to support the nation's maritime strategy by coming to the aid of forces ashore under enemy fire. NSFS is an exercise in which destroyers and cruisers train to fire deck guns ashore in support of ground troops. There is a slim margin of error involved with firing over the heads of friendly forces and the point of this is to ensure ships can hit their targets without endangering civilians or troops. The exercise began in January 2009 when the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) visited Shoup and Momsen. EWTGPAC monitored the skills of the ships' firing teams, ensuring that they were ready for the test at sea. The live test was a scenario-based exercise in which Shoup and Momsen fired their five-inch, 62-caliber guns at practice targets. The destroyers were presented with the challenge of having to use indirect fire to shoot at targets that may not even be visible from the ship. Momsen and Shoup fired approximately 45 rounds each Feb. 3 and Feb. 5, respectively. In order to hit targets at great distances with shells, the ships relied on the report of a ground-based observer. The observer radioed the coordinates of the enemy to the ship which then used a global grid system to aim its cannons and eliminate the threat.
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