US Navy's USS Abraham Lincoln completes RCOH programme
The US Navy's USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier has completed its four-year long refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding facility in Newport News, Virginia.
The carrier has now embarked on a four-day sea trial following its official fast cruise in the shipyard. It will be redelivered to the navy fleet this month after the trial's completion.
The fast cruise was the US Navy vessel’s last training simulation, and was conducted in preparation for its transit to Naval Station Norfolk.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) training officer lieutenant commander Paul Henderson said: “The fast cruise helped us to solidify team work and processes within our damage control, engineering and medical response teams, as well as identify and repair any defects within our operating systems.
“Our ship is ready to return to the fleet, but what is even more imperative is that our sailors are ready to get underway and respond to casualties to protect our ship and our crew.”
The vessel’s crew will undergo multiple training scenarios and qualification evolutions during the sea trials in order to evaluate the ship’s performance following the extensive maintenance period.
US Navy aircraft carriers programme executive officer rear admiral Brian Antonio said: "Our team has worked hard to get USS Abraham Lincoln ready to redeliver to the fleet.
"She has undergone significant combat systems modernisation and will also be the first CVN capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II.
"This RCOH enabled the ship to meet future missions and continued service life requirements for many years to come."
USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to complete RCOH, and is expected to continue being a vital part of the nation's defence for an additional 25 years.
Image: The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Herbst / Released.