The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) has commenced air operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) as part of CENTCOM counter-terrorism operations in the region.

Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW 7) has carried out air support operations and defensive counter-air support operations as part of the activities.

The ABECSG passed through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Arabian Gulf earlier this month. The ABECSG has been operating in the US 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) since May as part of its commitment to the free flow of commerce, regional maritime security and freedom of navigation.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the flagship of ABESG.

USS Abraham Lincoln commanding officer Captain Walt Slaughter said: “The Lincoln team is on station and supporting the combatant commander upon arrival due to the diligence and professionalism of our crew and strike group counterparts.

“As we navigate throughout the theatre, we will exercise our vast capabilities and interoperability with international partners, as a mobile and lethal force.”

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The US 5th Fleet AOO, covering approximately 2.5m m², includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The AOO comprises 20 countries and includes three choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb in Yemen.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to the US 5th Fleet AOO to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and the three strategic choke points.

The strike group assets include staff, ships and aircraft of CSG 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and CVW 7.

CVW 7 commander Captain William Reed said: “Today’s operations are a testament to how carrier air power can project well beyond the shore. It has tremendous reach.

“The carrier strike group as a whole provides a robust military capability in the region, and CVW 7 remains ready to deliver that capability at any time if called upon.”