Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began moving tanks of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) on board the ship Jan. 14, achieving another key milestone in moving the ship out of refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
AFFF is an extinguishing agent used for fire suppression. AFFF provides a layer of foam which prevents the escape of fuel vapors and excludes oxygen from fuel source while providing limiting cooling effect. AFFF is the primary firefighting agent used in combating petroleum fires, also known as Class B fires.
Moving AFFF on board is an important step to increasing the ship’s readiness, and the Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln’s Engineering Department set aside time before the evolution to ensure that the on load went as planned.
AFFF is an integral part of shipboard firefighting, and is the main firefighting agent aboard Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, the ship will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a strategic asset in the nation’s defense.
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