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NNS020730-06. Lincoln Carrier Battle Group Deploys With Numerous Innovations

From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and officers aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are headed to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The carrier and crew embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 in San Diego and is now headed across the Pacific with other ships from the battle group.

"Here's the message," said Rear Adm. John M. Kelly, commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3, and commander, Abraham Lincoln Battle Group. "We're ready."

"People, equipment, training, innovative technology -- in every area, the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group is ready to go in harm's way," Kelly added. "Seventy-five hundred great Americans, every one a volunteer, are fully prepared to accomplish any mission assigned -- we look forward to the challenge."

During an overnight stop in San Diego, the carrier onloaded the crew and equipment of CVW-14.

"CVW-14 is well prepared and ready to deploy as part of the Lincoln Battle Group," said Capt. Kevin C. Albright, commander, CVW-14. "Our inter-deployment training cycle was particularly well supported, and our squadrons are in superb warfighting shape. We are proud to be a part of our nation's ongoing war on terrorism and stand ready to answer the call."

What sets this deployment apart from others is the operational debut of next generation Navy technologies. Implementation of these technologies is based on the Chief of Naval Operations' vision, "Sea Power 21," which builds on U.S. strengths such as information superiority, sea control, firepower and persistence. The Lincoln Battle Group's deployment will illustrate the Navy's ability to transform the fleet to fight and win.

This groundbreaking deployment will represent the largest number of innovations in a single battle group in recent history and includes such firsts as:

  • - Deployment of the Super Hornet on board Lincoln -- The multi-mission F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighter is an evolutionary upgrade of the combat-proven night strike F/A-18C/D Hornet.
  • - Optimal Manning on board USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) -- Integrating new technology and a wide range of new policies and procedures, USS Mobile Bay has reduced its crew size by 11 percent.
  • - Man Overboard Indicator (MOBI) on board Lincoln and Mobile Bay -- The latest technology in search and rescue (SAR) employs a series of state-of-the-art transmitters to pinpoint a person's location after falling overboard.
  • - Sea Swap initiative on board USS Fletcher (DD 992) -- An initiative that tests the effectiveness of deploying a single ship for 18 months while swapping out crews at six-month intervals. The three ships and crews participating in Sea Swap are Fletcher, USS Oldendorf (DD 972) and USS Kinkaid (DD 965).
  • - Area Air Defense Control (AADC) on board USS Shiloh (CG 67) -- This system will provide an advanced command and control system with real-time battle management tools needed for theater air defense missions.
  • - Naval Fires Network (NFN) throughout Lincoln Battle Group -- A network-centric warfare system that provides real-time intelligence correlation, sensor control, target generation, mission planning and battle damage assessment capabilities. NFN will allow ships and aircraft in a Carrier Battle Group (CVBG), Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) or (in the future) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) to share real-time intelligence and targeting data not only with each other, but also with Army and Air Force units in a Joint or Coalition Task force.

The deployment of the Lincoln Battle Group is an opportunity for the Navy to look at new ways to maximize efficiency using current resources and state-of-the-art technology. In this effort, Pacific Fleet Sailors, ships and aircraft will deploy overseas for approximately a six-month period and will arrive on-scene to relieve the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Battle Group.

"This crew has done a fantastic job getting ready for this deployment, " said Capt. Douglas K. Dupouy, Abraham Lincoln's commanding officer. "We've trained hard; we've trained well; and we're ready to deploy to where our country needs us. Even though we have some of the Navy's newest and most sophisticated equipment on board, it is still the dedication and hard work of Sailors that is going to get the job done. I am very proud to be this crew's commanding officer."

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