USS Abraham Lincoln returns after more than 10-month deployment
The U.S. Navy has announced that the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group arrived at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 20, marking the end of a 10-month deployment to the U.S. 6th, 5th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
The strike group deployed April 1 from Norfolk, Virginia, in support of maritime stability and security. With flagship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked airwing Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and the staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the strike group steamed east all the way around the world.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the work that our team accomplished during this deployment,” said Rear Adm. Michael Boyle, commander, CSG 12. “Over the course of 10 months the Sailors of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group made a difference in some of the world’s most critical waterways, ensuring the free flow of commerce and deterring aggression through strength and readiness. They can return home knowing that their service to our Navy and our Nation made a positive difference.”
The 295-day deployment is the longest carrier deployment in the post-Cold War era.
The strike group was expedited to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in early May, in response to credible threats to maritime security. Over the course of its seven months in theater, the strike group sustained critical presence operations to deter aggression. It also conducted combat missions in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve, ultimately flying 392 combat sorties and over 28,000 flight hours.
“An aircraft carrier, with its embarked airwing, is one of the most powerful assets our Navy has at its disposal,” said Capt. William Reed, commander, CVW 7. “The airwing can project power from the carrier, offering both offensive and defensive capabilities to a combatant commander. I think our deployment shows just how …read more
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