The US Navy’s fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), along with its crew, has completed its no-load testing on catapult one as a part of its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) programme.
The Lincoln crew cooperated and coordinated with their counterparts at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) to support the upgrading of the carrier’s aircraft launch and recovery (ALRE) equipment.
During the test, which started on 7 December last year, all the hydraulic, air and steam systems were filled and charged to allow 20 catapult shots with no more than five minutes of recovery time between shots.
Lincoln commanding officer captain Ron Ravelo said: "No-loads are conducted every single day by operational carriers in order to warm up the catapult in anticipation of launching aircraft.
"I look forward to when we are once again operational and firing no-loads in advance of actual flight operations."
A no-load testing is undertaken to assess operation functionality of a catapult fitted to the ship while launching the aircraft, and following the test the ship is awarded with an interim certification to launch aircraft.
USS Abraham Lincoln is undergoing the RCOH programme at NNS, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The crew of the aircraft carrier attended a cableway improvement course last year at the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC).
Image: USS Abraham Lincoln transiting to the neighbouring pier during a flooding dry dock. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rusty Pang/Released.