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Lincoln Creates New Intel Department

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090128-02
Release Date: 1/28/2009 5:54:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dennis Irwin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) became the fifth out of 10 aircraft carriers to add the Intelligence Department (INTEL) to her roster of departments Jan. 1.

What once was the OS and OZ divisions of the Operations Department are now the divisions that make up INTEL on the ship. The 43 Sailors who make up the department are from the intelligence specialist (IS), and cryptological technician (CTT, CTM, CTR) ratings.

"There are so many cryptologic and intelligence challenges on the horizon," said Ensign Nicholas Bleeker, a Philadelphia native and the ship's OZ division officer. "Having an intelligence department increases the capabilities for providing information to the commanding officer, and enhances mission success."

INTEL operates out of two primary spaces on board Lincoln. CTs make up the OS division and work out of the ship's signals exploitation space, and ISs make up the OZ division and work out of the carrier intelligence center (CVIC).

The CTs in SSES specialize in electronic warfare. They prosecute radars and search for signals of interest in whatever area Lincoln is operating in. They analyze intelligence and put it together in a package to give a clear explanation of what is going on in the area.

"We are the electronic warfare coordinators for the entire strike group," said Lt. Brad Abramowitz, a Spring, Texas, native and the ship's OS division officer. "We search for signals of interest as tasked by national agencies and the Department of Defense."

CVIC provides indication and warning intelligence.

"We provide support to the air wing to aid with locating and nominating targets," said Bleeker. "We work with the pilots to provide all the intelligence necessary before they leave the flight deck toward a target."

Each division will keep the same responsibilities they carried in the Operations Department, but becoming their own department allows for faster and more thorough processing of gathered information, said Abramowitz.

With the addition of the Intelligence Department, Lincoln is reinforcing the chief of naval operations' commitment to restore naval intelligence to a position of prominence. The addition of the department elevates information operations as a core warfighting capability of the U.S. Navy.

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