Good News for Abraham Lincoln Families: Truman Repaired

November 12, 2019 – Repairs to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) are complete, and all efforts are being made to return the carrier and air wing to sea to conduct operations. In August, the Navy announced an emergent maintenance requirement for an electrical issue aboard Truman. The Navy replaced damaged components and completed tests to ensure no further issues will arise. An engineering analysis, coupled with inspections aboard several aircraft carriers, show that this was a localized issue and not a class-wide concern. The success of this repair was…

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NAVWAR Completes First Digital Model of Systems on USS Abraham Lincoln

October 23, 2019 – Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) accomplished a significant milestone in the digital engineering transformation with completion of its first digital twin, a system-of-systems digital model, representing a set of information warfare capabilities that will be installed on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in fiscal year 2020. Aligned with the Department of Defense Digital Transformation Strategy, NAVWAR is shifting from a design-build-test methodology to a model-analyze-build methodology, enabling the ability to test and evaluate solutions in a virtual environment before delivery. This shift will increase system…

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Navy Ends Search for Missing Abraham Lincoln Man Overboard

July 19, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has ended its search and rescue efforts for Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, who is believed to have gone overboard from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the morning of Jul. 17. Following a man overboard report on Jul. 17 the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 and Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Méndez Núñez conducted search and rescue operations in…

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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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