Carrier Strike Group 9 Enters 7th Fleet AOR

Story Number: NNS060320-11Release Date: 3/20/2006 3:26:00 PM
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From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At sea (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, led by Rear Adm. J. W. Goodwin embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in late March as part of a routine scheduled deployment.

CSG 9 includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron 9, Abraham Lincoln, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86).

While in the region, CSG 9 will be training with coalition partners to improve its ability to operate with naval forces from many nations. The efforts are intended to develop partnerships with nations in the region to enhance security.

"The U.S. Navy has maintained a presence in the West Pacific for a century and a half to promote peace, regional cooperation, and stability," said Goodwin.

The strike group will work to help preserve the free and secure use of the world's oceans by legitimate mariners and prevent terrorists from attempting to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a medium to transport personnel, weapons or other material that could support their efforts.

CSG 9 recently completed an undersea warfare exercise off the coast of Hawaii and is gearing up to participate in joint exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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