Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) recently took advantage of training opportunities while the ship continues its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).
Due to an extended period of time in a shipyard environment, the RCOH process allows few oportunities for SAR swimmers to exercise their skills. Temporary assignments to warships that are getting underway can help facilitate necessary training.
While the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) worked to certify their ship’s surface rescue swimmer, the opportunity became available for two Abraham Lincoln Sailors to participate in SAR training.
Once Sailors complete SAR swimmer training, they stand ready to respond to life or death situations while their ship is out to sea.
Abraham Lincoln is currently undergoing RCOH at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
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