Story Number: NNS140218-18Release Date: 2/18/2014 8:58:00 PM
From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Less than a year after USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) arrival into Newport News Shipbuilding for a 42.5-month refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), Combat Systems department marked a successful milestone with the installation of the AN/SPS-49 radar tower, Feb. 11.
The AN/SPS-49 radar tower was installed on the flight deck near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier's island.
Cmdr. Christopher Haden, Lincoln's Combat Systems Officer, emphasized the quality work involved in the removal of SPS-49 and the installation of the tower.
"The reinstallation is a significant milestone as it signifies the beginning of the rebuilding phase of the RCOH," said Haden. "Once the main structures are put into place, then it will be ready to bring on the electronic equipment and bring the Combat Systems portion of USS Abraham Lincoln back to life."
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kyre Carter, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is assigned to Lincoln's Combat Systems department and is responsible for maintaining the AN/SPS-49 radar.
"To have the tower on the ship signifies that I will begin the maintenance to do my job here in RCOH," said Carter.
Carter is just one of two Sailors on board Lincoln out of 2,500 Sailors who is directly responsible for the maintenance of AN/SPS-are49. She reflected on the skill needed to maintain this vital asset for the ship's defense.
"Just to know that it is on me to maintain the AN/SPS-49 and for me to do my job is a good feeling for me personally," said Carter, who recently completed a four-month AN/SPS-49 V(8) "C" School in San Diego, Calif., graduating with a 93 percent grade average. "It does feel good to know that I have the skill set required and am a necessity to the ship to maintain the AN/SPS-49 radar."
Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.
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