USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted several Republic of Korea (ROK) military officials during Foal Eagle 2006 in the East Sea, March 29.
General B. B. Bell, commander, U.S. Forces Korea, along with Deputy Commander Combined Forces, Gen. Hee Won-lee and other senior members of the ROK military, flew aboard the aircraft carrier to witness an array of power projection from the sea.
Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Commander, Rear Adm. J. W. Goodwin, and Abraham Lincoln's commanding officer, Capt. C. A. McCawley, welcomed the group along with Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Capt. Matthew Klunder, on the flight deck before touring the ship. The group witnessed air operations from the flight deck and interacted with Sailors during the visit. The delegation also had a chance to view a vast display of weapons in the ship's cavernous hangar bay.
"The ROK continues to be a valuable ally and partner in the region and around the globe for regional peace and security," said Goodwin.
He added that "the U.S. appreciates how the ROK military has enhanced their modern navy and her capabilities into the 21st century, and appreciates the opportunity to bring a carrier to Korea."
Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently on a scheduled Western Pacific deployment to conduct exercises and strengthen relations with allied nations. The aircraft carrier is based in Everett, Wash.
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