USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left its homeport of Everett, Wash., and began transiting south toward San Diego for a scheduled underway period Jan. 5.
Abe returns to the Pacific Ocean for quarterly sustainment training in support of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Under the FRP, deployable Navy forces must maintain a heightened state of readiness to be able to deploy in a short amount of time.
This will be Lincoln's final training cycle before departing on a scheduled six-month deployment later this year.
The culmination of training over the past year will also be put to the test when members of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) embark Lincoln to thoroughly inspect the ship.
In a recent address to the crew, Capt. C. A. McCawley, Abe's commanding officer, said he is confident that Abe Sailors and their ship are up to the task.
"The INSURV underway material assessment will be verifying and inspecting Abraham Lincoln's material condition and the operational status of the ship and
its systems," McCawley said. INSURV will validate and verify our readiness for deployment in 2006. "All hands work will be required as we continue to prepare for and execute the inspection."
Although the INSURV inspection may only be a single portion of Lincoln's overall training process, McCawley emphasized the importance of the meticulous inspection.
"The cleanliness of the ship, its electrical and damage control equipment will all be very closely assessed," said McCawley. "Abraham Lincoln is the first of three carriers that will undergo INSURV early in 2006, and I expect that we will set the standard."
Following the INSURV inspection, the professionals from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are scheduled to board Lincoln to commence their carrier-qualification training.
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