USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (Abe) (CVN 72) rejoined Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and its more than 2,000 attached personnel for quarterly sustainment training in support of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan, Oct. 30.
While Abe and attached personnel may only be out to sea for a few weeks, a lot is being done to make sure everyone is up to speed and fit to fight at any time.
"Right now we are in a surge mode," said Lt. Clint Cody of Abe's operations department. "We have to maintain a certain amount of mission readiness at all times. Right now, we're required to be at the most forward-leaning posture, in order to be ready to be called upon if something happens that would require us to go out to sea."
While underway this quarter, Lincoln will host Fleet Readiness Squadron (FRS) training pilots, who will be landing on the four-and-a-half acre flight deck for their carrier qualifications (CQ).
"We're going to do approximately four days of FRS CQs," Cody said. "We'll have new pilots from various platforms learn how to land on a flight deck. They've had one opportunity prior to this to actually land on a carrier, but this will be the first time that they'll be doing both day and night CQs."
After completing training with the FRS pilots, Lincoln will join up with the crew of CVW-2.
"CVW-2 will be doing a few days of CQs, while both the Lincoln Strike Group (ALCSG) and Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) will be doing dual scenarios," Cody said.
Even though this is a training situation, the dual battle group scenario is something that could become real in the future.
"They (Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet) want us to do coordinated efforts and actually get out there and practice working two carriers together in a small area," Cody said. "It requires a lot of coordination and a lot of aircraft in the air, so they want us to practice it before we find ourselves doing it for real if the situation arises."
Ultimately, maintaining readiness is the name of the game for the ALCSG, and completing training now allows the crew to enjoy a holiday season with families, which is something they weren't able to do while deployed last year.
"If you look at the schedule, we're actually completing this training early," he said. "One of the reasons we came out early is that this will get us through the holiday period, allow for some time off, and get us ready for INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey) in the early part of next year."
Although Lincoln and CVW-2 Sailors may only be out to sea for a relatively short amount of time in the sense of a conventional deployment, the training and professional knowledge gained will probably prove to be long lasting in order to keep the ALCSG at the Navy's warfighting tip of the spear.
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