News: Lincoln completes RCOH milestone: Reinstalls arresting gear engines
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brenton Poyser
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully reinstalled arresting gear engines three and four, July 19. The reinstallation was performed by Lincoln Sailors alongside Newport News Shipbuilding’s (NNS) O-73 division.
The reinstallation process took just over three hours and was made possible by the use of cranes and outstanding teamwork of Sailors and shipyard workers.
“The reinstallation of our number three and four arresting gear engines marks a major milestone in Lincoln’s Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) and eventual return to operational service,” said Cmdr. Christopher Martinez, Lincoln’s Assistant Air Boss.
The arresting gear engines underwent a year-long overhaul in Lakehurst, N.J., before being returned to Lincoln.
“The overhaul process in New Jersey is a very tedious procedure,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Lehi Juarezmedina, the Lead Petty Officer in charge of the arresting gear engine installation. “The arresting gears appear to be in like new condition and will service Lincoln well throughout the rest of her days as a warship.”
Arresting gear engines one and two are slated to be reinstalled in September 2014, using the same installation process as engines three and four.
“The reinstallation of Lincoln’s remaining two engines in just over a month from now will be another major step towards flight deck certification,” Martinez said. “It will allow Air Department’s ‘Green Shirts’ to begin training to operate the arresting gear engines at sea.”
To reinstall the arresting gear engines, two holes measuring approximately 45 feet long by 15 feet wide were cut through the flight deck. Then, an NNS crane was used to meticulously lower the engines into their precise resting place on the first deck of Lincoln.
“Installing the arresting gear engines on time is one of the most important measures taken in the RCOH process,” said Juarezmedina. “This was a major accomplishment, and the shipyard workers and Sailors aboard Lincoln should be very proud of the progress they are making.”
Lincoln is currently undergoing RCOH at NNS, 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.