Abraham Lincoln CSG Transits Suez Canal

May 9, 2019 – 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.…

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Romania, U.S. Conduct Close Air Support Exercise

May 7, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and components of its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, along with the U.S. Air Force 603rd Air Control Squadron, completed a close air support (CAS) exercise with Romanian partners, May 3-5. The CAS involved coordination with U.S. Air Force tankers for in-flight refueling and Romanian joint terminal air controllers (JTACs), a ground-control support entity, to complete a roughly 700-nautical mile training exercise. “The strategic mission is to engage and strengthen our partnerships with countries around the…

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up COMPTUEX

February 25, 2019 – 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 Feb. 23. The month-long assessment tested ABECSG’s 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. “I’m extremely proud of the hard…

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Abraham Lincoln CSG in Strait Transit Exercise

February 11, 2019 – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and ships from its carrier strike group (ABECSG) participated in a simulated strait transit off the eastern coast of the United States, Feb. 7. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 conducted the simulation as part of composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX) to test the strike group’s ability to navigate safely, while also dealing with threats that could be encountered during their upcoming deployment scheduled for later this year. The Álvaro de Bazan-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) and the…

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Carrier Strike Group 12 Welcomes Spanish Frigate Mendez Nñez to Norfolk

January 15, 2019 – The Álvaro de Bazán-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 14 to train and conduct group exercises as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. Méndez Núñez, homeported in Ferrol, Spain, was commissioned in 2006. She joins CSG-12 assets Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron 2, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a training evolution designed to…

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USS Abraham Lincoln Successfully Completes CSSQT

December 9, 2018 – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed the testing of the ship’s defense capabilities during Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), Dec. 7. 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 (ESSM). “CSQTT is pivotal because it certifies our weapons systems,” said Cmdr. Scott Ryan, Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Direction Center Officer. “CSQTT’s purpose is to show our ship’s self-defense system (SSDS) can…

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ABESG Warships Complete First East Coast CRUDES SWATT

November 27, 2018 – The U.S. Navy’s Surface Fleet is more capable, ready and lethal today as surface combatants from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ABESG) completed the Navy’s first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Cruiser-Destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. “The first East Coast SWATT is a milestone event not only for the Surface Fleet, but also for the Navy as a whole as we continue to focus on the development of tactical proficiency and lethality which is of strategic value and…

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USS Nitze Underway for First East Coast Carrier Strike Group SWATT

November 6, 2018 – USS Nitze (DDG 94) departed Naval Base Norfolk Friday, Nov. 2, to participate in the Navy’s first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. SWATT is led by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and is designed to increase warfighting proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating units. Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units are participating alongside Nitze during this exercise to include USS Mason (DDG 87), Gonzalez (DDG 66)…

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USS Abraham Lincoln Undergoes Pierside Shipyard Availability

October 16, 2018 – Like a gentle giant the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) calmly rests at pier 14, Naval Station Norfolk. However, activity is bustling aboard the ship as Sailors work around the clock, performing maintenance in support of the ship’s pierside shipyard availability period. “When an outsider looks at Abraham Lincoln from the pier, it can seem as though we are sitting stagnant,” said Cmdr. William Lane, Abraham Lincoln’s air boss. “But when you get down into the spaces and really look at all of…

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Truman, Lincoln Strike Groups Conduct Dual-Carrier Ops

August 30, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began dual-carrier sustainment and qualification operations Aug. 29 in the western Atlantic Ocean. “By training and operating together, the USS Harry S. Truman and USS Abraham Lincoln strike groups enhance combat readiness and interoperability, and also demonstrate the inherent flexibility and scalability of carrier strike groups,” said Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Commander Rear Adm. Gene Black. “The opportunity to conduct complex, multi-unit training better prepares us to answer our nation’s call to…

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USS Mason Takes Part in Search and Rescue Mission

August 28, 2018 – USS Mason (DDG 87) took part in the transport of passengers from a damaged seaplane that was adrift at sea in the Western Atlantic Ocean Aug. 25. Mason was conducting operations in the Atlantic with Carrier Strike Group 12, when the U.S. Navy diverted the ship to rendezvous with the container ship M/V Polar Peru to transport the rescued passengers back to the United States. “It was a great team effort to safely rescue the seaplane crew,” said Cmdr. Stephen Aldridge, Mason’s commanding officer. “Those who…

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F-35C Lightning II Conducts Operational Test-1 Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

August 28, 2018 – F-35C Lightning II aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 are conducting their Operational Test-1 (OT-1) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Carrier Strike Group 12 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). OT-1 evaluates the full spectrum of the F-35C’s suitability for operation within a carrier air wing and mission effectiveness to the maximum extent possible. “The F-35C brings stealth, enhanced electronic capabilities and a different sustainment model,” said Rear Adm. Dale Horan, director, Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office. “Operating this new generation of…

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Three aircraft carriers to change homeports

August 2, 2018 – The U.S. Navy announced Aug. 2 that three Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will conduct homeport shifts. USS Abraham Lincoln, currently located in Norfolk, Virginia, will rejoin the Pacific Fleet, making San Diego its homeport. Abraham Lincoln, commissioned in 1989, previously served in the Pacific Fleet from 1990-2011 before moving to Norfolk for midlife refueling. The other two carrier homeport shifts are tied to carrier maintenance. John C. Stennis, currently homeported…

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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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