USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Crushes INSURV

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), June 15. “You demonstrated to the American people that you know how to maintain and operate this equipment,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Putnam H. Browne. “The CNAL inspector who has been with us for the last year said he has never seen a ship put in more effort into an INSURV inspection than you guys did.” During the four-day inspection, Abraham Lincoln hosted more than 200 INSURV inspectors who conducted more than 415 inspections of the…

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Abraham Lincoln Completes CSSQT

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) tested the ship’s defense capabilities during Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), April 20- May 2. CSSQT tested Abraham Lincoln’s ability to safely and effectively operate onboard weapons systems, including the close-in weapons system (CIWS), rolling airframe missile (RAM) launchers and the Enhanced NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System (ENSSMS). “This evolution is important to our operational readiness as it provides the opportunity for Combat Direction Center [CDC] watch standers and gunners to train like they will fight by engaging moving targets and drones with live…

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Nightdippers Supply Lincoln With VERTREP

he Nightdippers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 are playing a major role ensuring the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gets the supplies it needs during the extensive underway replenishment (UNREP) and ammunition onload, March 25-28. HSC-5 is a squadron of MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, whose missions typically include naval special warfare support, search and rescue, anti-surface warfare and vertical replenishments at sea (VERTREP). This underway, they conducted one with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W.…

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Abraham Lincoln Tests ATARI

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was the first kid on the block to get a new ATARI. No, not the iconic gaming system from the 80s, but a system designed to remotely land aircraft on a carrier. Abraham Lincoln’s friends, the other carriers, should be jealous. ATARI, or aircraft terminal approach remote inceptor, was, for the first time ever, successfully demonstrated during a touch-and-go on an aircraft carrier while conducting carrier qualifications and flight testing aboard Abraham Lincoln. ATARI gives Landing Signal Officers (LSOs) the ability to take over and…

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Into the Fold: F-35C Carrier Qualifications Aboard Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed fleet carrier qualifications (CQ) for the F-35C Lightning II program, marking another milestone for the new aircraft, while underway March 17-21. Pilots assigned to the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and the “Grim Reapers” of VFA 101 accomplished day and night qualifications with 140 traps in anticipation of F-35C operational testing later this year. Aboard for part of the CQ was Rear Adm. Dale Horan, director of the U.S. Navy F-35C Fleet Integration Office, who was previously embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln…

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Dual Carrier COMPTUEX

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is supporting the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) during their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) work-up cycle, this week, Feb. 25- March 2. COMPTUEX is a month-long exercise designed to fully integrate the carrier strike group and test its ability to carry out combat operations at sea. Every warfare area will be tested through simulated and live events, including air warfare, strait transits and responses to surface and submarine attacks. Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Systems, Operations, and Intelligence Department are playing a vital…

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Abraham Lincoln Completes Carrier Qualifications

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed carrier qualifications, Feb. 2. During this period, Abraham Lincoln qualified pilots from the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, the “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, and the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129. The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 and the “Chargers” of Helicopter Strike Squadron (HSC) 26 also worked with the ship in support of carrier qualification operations.  Carrier qualifications are a time for…

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Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11. Along with Abraham Lincoln, the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, and VX-9 accomplished many first steps including first-time use of Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS) aboard a carrier, and use of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) in an operational setting. “Thanks to the tireless work…

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New Pilots Qualify Aboard Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted 24 student pilots, from Commander, Naval Air Training Det., for their first landings on an aircraft carrier. The qualification required pilots to successfully complete 10 arrested landings and four touch-and-goes on Abraham Lincolns 1,092-feet long flight deck. “The first landing wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said Marine Corps Capt. Nick Deluca, a student pilot from the “Eagles” of Training Squadron 7. “The ship looked really small, but I was running so well that [the Abraham Lincoln Sailors] made…

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USS Abraham Lincoln and USS San Jacinto depart Florida coast

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) staff, and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) departed the coast of Key West, Fla., yesterday after turning over Navy sea-based support to civilian authorities in Florida to Carrier Strike Group 10 (CSG 10). CSG 10, embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), is operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) off the coast of the Florida keys.…

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USS Abraham Lincoln Tests F-35C Lightning II at Sea

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) became one of the few ships in the fleet to trap and launch the F-35C Lightning II, Sept. 3. The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, are the training squadron for the F-35C. “The F-35C is still in a testing phase, so it is not fully operational yet,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Karapostoles, a pilot assigned to VFA 101. “We are the training squadron for the F-35C, so we are onboard this ship conducting our carrier…

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Abraham Lincoln Departs Norfolk for Hurricane Irma Relief (Video)

170908-N-RB564-003 NORFOLK (Sept.8, 2017) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departs Naval Station Norfolk In support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Irma to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall hole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary A. Prill)

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USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, USS San Jacinto Poised to Support Irma Relief Efforts

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Naval Station Norfolk September 8th to support possible humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The two ships, assigned to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, will be joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  Iwo Jima and New York pulled into Norfolk Sept. 7 after leaving their Mayport, Florida, homeport to embark a component of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, as well as members of…

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USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Farragut Underway

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) to get underway Sept. 8, to be in position to provide humanitarian relief in support of federal, state and local authorities if requested. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) is underway conducting local operations and has been ordered to join the group. Iwo Jima and New York departed Mayport, Florida, Sept. 5 and…

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