USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is visiting Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 30, before participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006 exercise.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) will join units from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom as well as other ships from the U.S. Navy for RIMPAC.
RIMPAC is intended to increase the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea. "By enhancing interoperability, RIMPAC promotes stability in the Pacific Rim region," said Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9.
More than 400 Lincoln Sailors are participating in RIMPAC sporting events throughout the weekend before getting underway for the operational phase.
Lincoln will host more than 1,000 guests aboard for tours of the ship July 2 as part of the weekend celebration.
Operationally, embarked Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and helicopters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 will conduct anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare operations as the fixed-wing aircraft of CVW-2 provide Combat Air Patrol (CAP) support for the exercise's multinational fleet.
According to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is the United States' top war fighting priority for the Pacific region. RIMPAC is a key part of the Navy's efforts to focus on ASW and support the proficiency of U.S. Sailors in this challenging skill.
The exercise also offers an opportunity to increase cooperation and interoperability amongst nations' military forces.
During the exercise, Lincoln will host more than 100 distinguished visitors aboard while underway, and will host a reception aboard the carrier upon the ship's return to Pearl Harbor at the conclusion of RIMPAC exercises.
ALCSG is on a routine deployment to the Western Pacific.
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