USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group to Deploy 
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Three ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Momsen (DDG 92), and USS Shoup (DDG 86) -- will get underway Sept. 7 from Naval Station Everett for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

The mission of the Lincoln Strike Group while deployed will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

"Security and stability lead to peace and prosperity. Lincoln Strike Group is ready to deploy worldwide as a force for peace in support of our nation's global interests," said Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander Lincoln Strike Group.

The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operating in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces.

"There are 5,000 men and women on this ship that are excited, prepared and determined to make a difference in the world. We're ready," said Capt. John D. Alexander, Commanding Officer, USS Abraham Lincoln.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 consists of flagship USS Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers Momsen and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104), which will get underway from Naval Base San Diego in the near future.

For more information on CSG 9 and the USS Abraham Lincoln, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/ or www.facebook.com/usslincoln.
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