Abraham Lincoln is currently conducting carrier qualifications for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleet replacement squadrons (FRS), presenting Panetta with the opportunity to observe firsthand a critical portion of the training pipeline for Naval Aviators.
At the FRS, newly designated Naval Aviators are trained on the requirements of the specific aircraft they will be assigned to when they reach their fleet squadron. The goal of the FRS is to train Naval Aviators to be proficient in the aircraft’s full mission set in a realistic training environment.
Aboard the ship, Panetta and several congressional staffers observed flight operations from the flight deck, toured various work centers including Abraham Lincoln’s aviation intermediate maintenance department, supply department, intelligence department, and medical department and observed various shipboard evolutions. In each of the departments and throughout each evolution, Panetta and the staffers also engaged firsthand with the Sailors behind the operations of Abraham Lincoln.
“Learning more and observing the equipment our nation has aboard the aircraft carrier has been incredibly informative and impressive,” said Panetta. “However, the most impressive thing aboard the Lincoln has been the young men and women who make all the operations possible.”
A Navy veteran, Panetta served in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
For more information on USS Abraham Lincoln, please visit https://www.airpac.navy.mil/Organization/USS-Abraham-Lincoln-CVN-72/.
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