Analysis by PMOI/MEK
May 22, 2019 - The US Central Command, CENTCOM website reported that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG), along with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted joint operations on May 17-18.
Following the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln CSG to the Middle East region in response to credible threat indicators, the operations highlight the ability of the U.S. Navy to quickly mobilizing assets and cumulative different platforms with a variety of operational capabilities.
“The exercises and training we are doing with Amphibious Squadron Six, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and USS Kearsarge are aimed towards increasing our lethality and agility to respond to threats, and deterring destabilizing actions in this important region,” said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander, Carrier Strike Group 12.
During the exercises, the Abraham Lincoln CSG and Kearsarge ARG conducted numerous joint training evolutions designed to improve operational tactics in several warfare areas. Exercises included air-to-air training, steaming in a formation and maneuvering, and establishing joint communications to rapidly enable a command and control environment.
The training featured extensive coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps, the Navy’s natural partner at sea, at a time when Department of the Navy leadership has increasingly emphasized Joint Forces integration and interoperability.
The joint operations between Abraham Lincoln CSG and Kearsarge ARG are a demonstration of the steadfast commitment of the US Navy to protect the United States, deter conflict and preserve strategic interests around the world. The Abraham Lincoln CSG and Kearsarge ARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region.