USS Abraham Lincoln

Newport News Shipbuilding, along with the US Navy, has successfully reinstalled the AN/SPS-48 primary air search radar antenna on the aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

This new development is part of the ongoing refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH).

Combat Systems Department division officer lieutenant Loudon Westgard said: "Installing the radar on time is one of the most important measures taken in the refuelling and complex overhaul process.

"This was a major accomplishment, and the shipyard workers and sailors aboard Lincoln should be very proud of the progress they are making."

The long-range, three-dimensional air search radar AN/SPS-48 a for 360° coverage. It is also capable of dectecting the height of a target above the surface of the water.

"This was a major accomplishment, and the shipyard workers and sailors aboard Lincoln should be very proud of the progress they are making."

In 1960s, the radar system was deployed as the primary air search sensor for anti-aircraft warships, while currently the predecessor of the Aegis system used on other navy ships.

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The SPS-48 antenna is the second antenna to be installed on the Lincoln’s island.

USS Abraham Lincoln will receive additional antennas for navigational, communications and aircraft landing functions over the next few months.

Westgard added: "The next few months will be a crucial time for us as the ship starts to bring the systems online and begin the testing process."

Started in 2013, the RCOH process will see the shipyard refuelling the ship’s reactors, painting the ship’s hull, modernising systems, and performing a complete recapitalisation of the entire ship.

Image: The US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Photo: courtesy of photographer’s mate third-class Jordon R Beesley.