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Abraham Lincoln Strike Group WESTPAC 19 Deployment
CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
"Abe" / "Shall Not Perish"

National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton announced May 5, 2019 "In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces."

Warships from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and other Norfolk-based cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units departed Naval Station Norfolk for the first east coast CRUDES surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise, 02 November 2018. SWATT is the surface force's premier advanced tactical training exercise developed and led by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). SWATT provides multi-ship, multi-platform, multi-warfare area training at sea to increase combat capability, lethality, and interoperability. Staffs and units participating in the exercise are Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Gravely (DDG 107), and USS Nitze (DDG 94).

After weeks at sea drilling and training through a variety of challenging and realistic scenarios during their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), the Sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) returned to Naval Station Norfolk 23 February 2019. The month-long assessment tested ABECSGs units and their ability to interoperate as a team-of-teams in a complex and rapidly changing maritime domain. Upon successful completion of COMPTUEX the ABECSG will be the next CSG certified for deployed operations.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 evaluates East Coast Carrier Strike Groups abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore, and had assessors aboard ABECSG assets throughout COMPTUEX to support the operators through a variety of scenarios based on realistic events and situations. The units were tested across every core warfare area within their mission set through a variety of simulated and live events, including air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks.

ABECSGs COMPTUEX was further enhanced by the addition of the newly re-established 2nd Fleet. 2nd Fleet is building in capacity and capability by exercising command and control over the strike group and the exercise. Participating in ABECSGs training will set the stage for the relationship between the Fleet, CSG 4, and United States Fleet Forces in the execution of the force generation mission, and is a milestone on 2nd Fleets path to reaching full operational capability. ABECSG is comprised of its flagship, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), and ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 2: the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94).

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln got underway from Norfolk 02 April 2019 to start a deployment in which it will sail around the world before arriving at its new homeport in San Diego. The carrier shifted homeports after completing a mid-life overhaul at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Next in line for the four-year overhaul is USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), which entered service in 1995. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was joined by guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Mason (DDG 87), and USS Nitze (DDG 94), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) for operations in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Spanish frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104), Navantias contender for the US Navys FFG(X) acquisition program, will also accompany the group during the operations.

Abraham Lincoln deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th, U.S. 6th and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of operation. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12, Destroyer Squadron 2, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7; as well as lvaro de Bazn-class frigate ESPS Mndez Nez (F 104).

The Abraham Lincoln and John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) completed carrier strike force operations in the Mediterranean Sea with the lvaro de Bazan-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Mendez Nuez (F 104) 29 April 2019. Consisting of air, surface and anti-submarine warfare operations in international waters and airspace, the carrier strike force operation uniquely enhanced the collective capability of the U.S. 6th Fleet to conduct multilateral, realistic training events. Operations included a pre-planned, long range target strike demonstration and formation steaming. The carrier strike operations of the two CSGs combined 10 ships, approximately 130 aircraft and 9,000 personnel.

The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (ABECSG) transited the Suez Canal, May 9. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) departed the U.S. 6th Fleet and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. ABECSG has been conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for several weeks, but expedited their transit to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region. ABECSG will be positioned by CENTCOM where it will best be able to protect U.S. forces and interests in the region and to deter any aggression.

Our Navy exists to deter conflict, ensure freedom of the seas, preserve our strategic interests and those of our allies, and respond to crises around the world, said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander, Carrier Strike Group Twelve. We have trained hard and worked diligently to ensure we are prepared and ready to conduct a whole host of missions wherever and whenever required."

Carrier strike groups are inherent maneuver forces that offer commanders the ability to flexibly respond to a wide variety of missions and contingencies, and are capable of being redeployed rapidly across U.S. combatant command boundaries. One of our strengths as a strike group has been teamwork, led by Rear Admiral Wades positive emphasis on team of teams, said Capt. Sean R. Anderson, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2. We really have the planning and coordination foundation in place that reaches well beyond our strike group, to aid our success.

ABECSG has executed a rigorous training and readiness phase, developing and perfecting the warfighting capabilities of all strike group units through scenarios of increasing complexity and intensity designed to improve interoperability and engagement with allies and partners, and demonstrate the combat power and flexibility of naval forces. The Suez Canal is a 120-mile long narrow channel that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. The expedited transit of ABECSG through the Suez and into the 5th Fleet area of operation demonstrates the flexibility of a multinational, multi-platform unit to respond whenever and wherever is required. ABECSG provides a wide range of mission capabilities to include maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, security cooperation, and humanitarian assistance.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group deployed to CENTCOM area of responsibility in order to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7); as well as the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F104).




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