USS aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln entered the waters of the Mediterranean
On April 8, seven days after leaving the Norfolk Navy base, the US Navy aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and ships of his Carrier Strike Group affected the area of operations of the US Fleet VI. Units will operate in the Mediterranean before they reach the Persian Gulf.
In addition to the aircraft carrier, the Ticonderoga USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) missile cruiser and DESRON 2 destroyer squadron entered the waters between Europe and Africa. The strike group will eventually operate in the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean before reaching its new home port in San Diego. USS Abraham Lincoln changes the home port after the renovation completed in half the time is in full operation.
- Abraham Lincoln's strike group worked hard to prepare for our operations in the US Fleet VI. We are ready to carry out our mission - said USS commander Abraham Lincoln, Rear Admiral John Wade. The group was also joined by the Spanish Navy - Alvaro de Bazan frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F104) as its support.
Launched in 1988, the USS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz type ship. He participated in a number of operations, including Southern Watch, Infinite Reach, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. During its 30 years of service, it has undergone many renovations, maintenance and modernizations. The last, related to achieving half of the planned life, concerned the replacement of many components and refueling.
The US Fleet VI is a US Navy operational union stationed in the Mediterranean and reporting to the US Navy Command in Europe. The headquarters of fleet VI is located in the Naval Support Activity military complex in Naples, Italy. The official task of this operational union is to conduct a full range of maritime operations and theater security activities in cooperation with allied forces to increase stability and security in Europe and Africa. The current commander of the 6th fleet is Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti.