Abraham Lincoln Strike Group WESTPAC 06 Deployment
CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
"Abe" / "Shall Not Perish"
Following their return from Operation Unified Assistance in March and a brief in-port period, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 returned to sea for readiness training in early June. While pierside at Naval Station Everett, Wash., Abe spent the three-month maintenance availability period upgrading and sustaining ship systems to better serve the Navy as the Pacific Fleet's "surge carrier."
Abe's Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), along with its Sailors, upgraded in significant ways their abilities to serve. In addition to new equipment in many of AIMD's divisions, Sailors received in-depth training from technical representatives. They gained proficiency in multiple Consolidated Automated Support Systems (CASS). They also were trained on Radar Communication (RADCOM) and Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF), test stations and had all of the workbenches recalibrated in anticipation of the next underway period
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 completed quarterly surge sustainment training off of the coast of California Sept. 21. Abe and CVW-2 had joined up at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Sept. 11, for the training in support of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Unique to this underway period was a submarine familiarization (SUBFAM) exercise with the Swedish submarine HMS Gotland.
Along with the SUBFAM, Abe's Weapons Department participated in a training evolution nicknamed "Killer Barrel" Sept. 12. The event involved firing .50-caliber machine guns at a target set in the water. This training was to test Abe's ship's self defense capabilities.
USS Abraham Lincoln (Abe) (CVN 72) rejoined Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and its more than 2,000 attached personnel for quarterly sustainment training in support of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan, Oct. 30. Lincoln Strike Group (ALCSG) and Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) also practiced doing dual scenarios in preparation for a possible real life situation. The Commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet want the strike groups to do coordinated efforts and practice working two carriers together in a small area. It required a lot of coordination and a lot of aircraft in the air.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California through the beginning of November. The exercise was the final step in preparing the Strike Group for deployment and was designed to test its ability to operate in a complex, hostile environment with other U.S. and coalition forces.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left its homeport of Everett, Wash., and transitioned south toward San Diego for a scheduled underway period Jan. 5. Abe returned to the Pacific Ocean for quarterly sustainment training in support of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Under the FRP, deployable Navy forces must maintain a heightened state of readiness to be able to deploy in a short amount of time. This was Lincoln's final training cycle before departing on a scheduled six-month deployment later this year.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., Feb. 27, 2006 for a routine deployment to the Western Pacific (West-Pac) in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and the global war on terrorism. This deployment will be the first West-Pac since Lincoln's historic cruise in 2004, when Lincoln and CVW-2 Sailors responded to the Southeast Asian tsunami disaster that occurred Dec. 26, 2004. After Operation Unified Assistance, Lincoln returned and has since been conducting readiness training in accordance to the Fleet Response Plan.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group gathered in Hawaiian waters in mid-March to hone its ability to detect, track and counter a threat from beneath the sea.
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, led by USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in late March as part of a routine scheduled deployment. While in the region, CSG 9 will be training with coalition partners to improve its ability to operate with naval forces from many nations. The efforts are intended to develop partnerships with nations in the region to enhance security.
The strike group will work to help preserve the free and secure use of the world's oceans by legitimate mariners and prevent terrorists from attempting to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a medium to transport personnel, weapons or other material that could support their efforts.
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Western Pacific area of operations March 22-23. The purpose of the PASSEX was to exercise basic seamanship and conduct coordinated operations between CSG 9 and the JMSDF. During the PASSEX, CSG 9 and the Japanese navy conducted an officer exchange program to allow Japanese Sailors to experience life aboard an American ship and vice-versa.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group participated in Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration and Foal Eagle 2006 (RSOI/FE 06), which began March 26 and ran through the end of the month. The exercise was designed to demonstrate U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea (ROK) while improving overall readiness. The ROK and U.S. navies conducted an officer exchange program during the exercise. Five ROK naval officers embarked Abraham Lincoln to train with the ships' crew.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) made history April 20, when it moored in Laem Chebang, Thailand, the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has done so. Previously, carriers visiting Thailand anchored off the coast and used liberty launches; a lengthy and dangerous way for Sailors to go ashore in Laem Chebang.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) teamed up with the Royal Thai navy April 24 to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Thailand. During the exercise, officers from both nations participated in an officer exchange program between ships, in order to get a better understanding of how each navy operates.
Abe returned to Singapore April 27, after a brief at-sea period following a port call in Thailand. Lincoln last visited Singapore in February 2005 after spending a month off the coast of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, as part of Operation Unified Assistance following the December 2004 tsunami disaster.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, May 25 for a scheduled port visit. While in port, the ship's crew members will have a chance to participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities and cultural exchanges.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Western Pacific June 10-14. This PASSEX was focused on anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) concluded its participation in Exercise Valiant Shield June 23, marking the completion of the first such exercise to involve three carrier strike groups in more than 10 years. Valiant Shield is a joint exercise designed to reinforce the United States' commitment to the Pacific Region and exercise the U.S. military's ability to conduct robust, joint command-and-control operations and rapidly bringing together joint forces in response to any regional contingency. USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Groups also participated in the exercise, along with U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps personnel.
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) June 27, after spending the majority of a successful 2006 deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR. While in the 7th Fleet AOR, ALCSG participated in exercises such as Foal Eagle and Valiant Shield.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is visiting Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 30, before participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006 exercise. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) will join units from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom as well as other ships from the U.S. Navy for RIMPAC. RIMPAC is intended to increase the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea.
During the exercise, Lincoln will host more than 100 distinguished visitors aboard while underway, and will host a reception aboard the carrier upon the ship's return to Pearl Harbor at the conclusion of RIMPAC exercises.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) got underway from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 5, to participate in several weeks of training and exercises as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. RIMPAC brings together maritime forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. Lincoln will serve as the flagship for the exercise, as well as providing combat air patrol and anti-surface and submarine warfare assets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked on board Lincoln.
USS Abraham Lincoln, the aircraft carrier based in Everett, arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard August 29, 2006 for six months of refurbishment. Todd Pacific Shipyard has a $10.9 million contract for the major work on the ship.
8 Aug 2006 - returned to Everett
6-7 Aug 2006 - Eastern Pacific
4-5 Aug 2006 - San Diego
29 Jul - 3 Aug 2006 - "Tiger Cruise" in the Pacific
29 Jul 2006 - departed Pearl Harbor
28 Jul 2006 - Pearl Harbor
27 Jul 2006 - Pacific Ocean
Jul 2006 - RIMPAC
30 Jun - 5 Jul 2006 - Port visit @ Pearl Harbor
27 Jun 2006 - Enters 3rd Fleet's AOR
19-23 Jun 2006 - Valiant Shield 2006
10-14 Jun 2006 - Western Pacific
1 June 2006 - Pacific Ocean
25 May 2006 - Port Visit @ Sasebo, Japan
27 Apr-1 May 2006 - Port Visit @ Singapore
24 Apr 2006 - Gulf of Thailand; PASSEX with Royal Thai navy
20-24 Apr 2006 - Port visit @ Laem Chebang, Thailand
6 Apr 2006 - Port visit @ Hong Kong
26 Mar-1 Apr 2006 - RSOI/FE 06
22-23 Mar 2006 - PASSEX with JMSDF
~ 20 Mar 2006 - Arrived in 7th Fleet's AOR
mid - Mar 2006 - Undersea Warfare Training, Hawaiian waters
27 Feb 2006 - Deployed
5 Jan 2006 - Pacific Ocean, Quarterly Surge Sustainment Training
2 Nov 2005 - Pacific Ocean, JTFEX
30 Oct 2005 - Pacific Ocean, Quarterly Surge Sustainment Training
11-21 Sep 2005 - Pacific Ocean, Quarterly Surge Sustainment Training
21 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean, underway back to Everett, WA
17 Jun 2005 - Port visit, San Diego, CA
Jun 2005 - At sea for readiness training
05 Jun 2005 - Departs with CVW-2
04 Jun 2005 - Arrives in San Diego
02 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean
01 Jun 2005 - Departs for San Diego
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