The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) embarked its strike group, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, July 2.

The embarkation of all the assets of CSG 12 marked a first for flagship Abraham Lincoln since the ship’s redelivery from the mid-life maintenance period Refuel and Complex Overhaul to the fleet in May of last year. The strike group is underway conducting the Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) assessment.

“Abraham Lincoln is now part of a larger team and with the strike group we will maintain superior sea power to protect our national security,” said Abraham Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Putnam Browne. 

CSG 12 is a dynamic, globally-deployable force, which is ready to respond quickly and poised to fight and win decisively from the sea and air with unprecedented maritime combat power.

“There is no doubt that the maritime domain is growing in importance,” said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander, CSG 12 in his May change of command speech.

“Therefore, by extension, our Navy is growing in importance. As such, everything we do, everything we aim to achieve as a strike group is geared toward protecting our nation, ensuring freedom of the seas, and preserving our strategic interests around the globe.”

Operational excellence will require “keeping the press on” to achieve a well-trained and synchronized adherence to the mission and the chain of command. By practicing strict procedural compliance and operational risk management at every level of operations, CSG 12 is taking steps to be ready, adaptable and agile to respond to any challenge.

“We must shake off any vestiges of comfort or complacency that our previous advantages may have afforded us, and move out to build a larger, more distributed, and more capable battle fleet that can execute our mission,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

“The foundation of the fleet will be leaders and teams who learn and adapt to achieve maximum possible performance, ready for decisive operations and combat.”

The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group combines advanced surface, air and systems assets to create operational capability to address any challenge around the world.

By embodying this “teams-of-teams” concept, all components of CSG 12 will come together to prepare for and conduct global operations, have effective and lasting command and control, and demonstrate dedication and commitment to become the strongest warfighting force for the Navy and the nation.

CSG 12 is a synthesis of the nation’s finest maritime assets. CSG 12 is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 2, Abraham Lincoln, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).