USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group, led by Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, is participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California through the beginning of November.
The exercise is the final step in preparing the Strike Group for deployment and is designed to test its ability to operate in a complex, hostile environment with other U.S. and coalition forces.
"This is a unique opportunity to improve upon our combat readiness. Now and in the future, the Navy will continue to be a key component of Joint Task Forces," said Goodwin.
During this "graduate-level" exercise, more than 6,500 Sailors and Marines are working together to hone their operational skills in preparation for their upcoming deployment.
"The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group serves our nation well as we deliver robust and flexible sea power to meet the challenges of the new security environment with our friends, partner, and Allies," Goodwin said.
Carrier Strike Group 9 is comprised of many different ships and organizations, including Abraham Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing 2, Destroyer Squadron 9, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86).
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