Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Flexes Counter-piracy Muscles

Story Number: NNS100929-03Release Date: 9/29/2010 5:51:00 AM
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By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs

USS Shoup, at sea (NNS) -- USS Shoup (DDG 86), together with USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71), practiced a counter-piracy mission while underway off the coast of Hawaii Sep. 20.

The four ships paired off, and each ship practiced approaching simulated suspect vessels, maneuvering in close spaces, bridge-to-bridge communication, and off-ship reports to higher authority.

"We squeezed every ounce of training opportunity from a compressed timeline," said Lt. j.g. Scott Bowles, USS Shoup primary boarding officer.

The training was designed to help transform the shipboard Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams into a multi-function force capable of an array of missions, from maritime interdiction operations, to approach and assist visits, to counter-piracy efforts. The training event helped further that goal and increased the strike group's ability to support the nation's maritime strategy.

"There are many nuances to counter-piracy that we were able to train for - everything from mission-specific tactics to proper communication," said Ens. Sheridan Catlin, assistant boarding officer. "We're excited - it's a very important real-world mission that we are training for."

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

USS Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers Momsen and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).

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

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