USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) got underway from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 5, to participate in several weeks of training and exercises as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
RIMPAC brings together maritime forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Lincoln will serve as the flagship for the exercise, as well as providing combat air patrol and anti-surface and submarine warfare assets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked on board Lincoln.
"As we work with our international partners during RIMPAC, safety and protecting the environment are top priorities for this exercise," said Capt. Matthew Klunder, commander, CVW 2.
This year's exercise is the twentieth in a series of RIMPAC exercises conducted biennially since 1971. RIMPAC training operations will include participation by 35 ships, more than 60 aircraft and 18,000 Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen.
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 to the benefit of all participating nations.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is underway for a Western Pacific deployment to strengthen U.S. relations with Pacific nations and reinforce the United States' support for allied nations in the region.
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