Abraham Lincoln CSG Warships Participate in War Game

Story Number: NNS100919-03Release Date: 9/19/2010 8:37:00 PM
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By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Four U.S. warships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) participated in a war game off the coast of Hawaii Sept. 18 using modern, high-tech tactics in an exercise reminiscent of the naval battles of yore.

Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) teamed up with guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) against destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Momsen (DDG 92) to engage in a battle of wits and maneuvering to see who would reign supreme in an epic battle of the seas.

The pairs began the exercise on either side of the Hawaiian Islands. Each team limited the use of their radars and communications systems for stealth and began their search for the "enemy."

"We developed an in-depth plan based on enemy capabilities and limitations. Using that, we positioned ourselves optimally to maintain our stealth and execute the tactics we would expect to see used against us in an open-ocean fight." said Shoup's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joe Nadeau, a native of San Diego.

MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters were launched from Shoup and Momsen to positively identify Halsey using their on board radar and forward looking infrared imagery. Once positive identification was made, Momsen "sunk" Halsey with a salvo of two "missiles" and continued their search for Cape St. George.

"The Air Department demonstrated their flexibility and importance in developing a detailed tactical plot," said Lt. L. A. Gonzalez, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Momsen's chief engineer and tactical action officer during the exercise. "Using our Group's helicopter detachments we were able to track the enemy at range and engage at will."

This, however, gave away Shoup and Momsen's position, and Cape St. George returned "fire," "sinking" both Shoup and Momsen to win the battle.

The four ships, along with the rest of Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, conduct regular training and perform exercises to ensure a constant state of mission readiness.

The strike group is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the flagship of CSG 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, Cape St. George and the embarked Destroyer Squadron 9, which includes Momsen and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers Halsey and USS Sterett (DDG 104).

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

10/5/2010 10:56:00 PM
Very proud of my son, AO John David Neville Welch-Weapons Dept, on the Lincoln. Miss you. mom

9/30/2010 1:06:00 AM
We're extremely proud of our son-in-law who is serving on the Lincoln, and very grateful for all who serve - THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

9/25/2010 9:43:00 AM
Our daughter is serving on The Lincoln and we are very proud of her. We are proud of all the sailors that are serving on this deployment. We pray for The Lincoln and its sailors everyday. Job well done and again THANK YOU!!!

9/24/2010 2:58:00 PM
I am very proud of my Son who serves abroad the Lincoln, plus all the other Sailors aboard!! Have a safe deployment!!

9/21/2010 6:44:00 PM
We did these same sorts of exercises, but here's a question: when was the last time enemy surface combatants engaged each other in this way? Would an exercise against FAC/FIAC during a restricted waters transit be more useful? Or are we worried about going toe-to-toe with a foe with real ships? I was pleased, however, to read that the CG was able to go it alone and win against the two DDGs.

9/20/2010 6:32:00 PM
I am so very proud of my Grandson who serves on the Lincoln. I'm a Navy Vet also. Have a great and safe deployment guys. God bless you all.

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The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group ships cruise in formation during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7).
100919-N-5226D-141 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2010) The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group ships cruise in formation during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II/Released)
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