RSOI/Foal Eagle 2006
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, led by Rear Adm. J. W. Goodwin, embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), 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. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard the Sasebo Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived on Mar. 25 to take part in Exercise Foal Eagle 2006, as well.
The war-fighting skill sets Lincoln and CVW-2 rehearsed included close-air support for ground units, air-to-air defense exercises, maritime interoperability training and expeditionary operations. This exercise crystallized Lincoln's role as a command-and-control node.
During Foal Eagle 2006, Marines and sailors with the MEU participated in a variety of exercises, including assault climbing, live-fire ranges, urban combat training, community outreach efforts and a combined amphibious landing. In addition to the MEU/ARG arrival, elements of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and MEU Service Support Group 31 debarked from the USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Juneau (LPD 10). As the Marines and sailors disembarked, a contingent of over 300 ROK Marines and sailors of the 1st ROK Marine Division's 3rd Regimental Landing Team came aboard the ARG for further combined planning and training in with the Navy-Marine Corp team in amphibious doctrine.
Marines from Headquarters and Services Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exercised techniques for military operations in urban terrain at a Korean Marine Corps MOUT training facility. Approximately 25 Marines spent the day practicing the basic principles of vehicle checkpoint procedures and room clearing techniques. Marines were taught the proper escalation of force, the different zones used for conducting VPC's and the different things to look for, such as contraband and warning signs of an attack.
Foal Eagle was the largest concentration of surface and air forces to participate in field training exercises on the Korean Peninsula. It 2006, it involved more than 70 ships, 70 to 80 aircraft, and all four services of both the U.S. and ROK armed forces. 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.
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