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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Crash and Salvage Crane Returns to Lincoln

January 23, 2017 – The crew aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) took a major step forward in its transition from Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) to redelivery to the fleet by welcoming the return of its aircraft crash and salvage crane on the flight deck, Jan. 19. The evolution was a joint effort between Lincoln’s air department and aircraft intermediate maintenance department. “[The cranes] presence on the flight deck symbolizes the transition from a yard ship to a war ship,” said Abraham Lincoln’s Maintenance Officer,…

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