The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln successfully completed the largest planned incremental availability (PIA) on time to support mission tasking, while moored at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego during an unprecedented and historic pandemic.
A PIA is critical to prolonging the life-span of a ship and maintaining material readiness. During this maintenance period, repairs and upgrades were completed that could not be accomplished while deployed and operational. ‘We expect these ships to last 50 years,’ said Capt. Walter Slaughter, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln. ‘This kind of maintenance is critical to repair the wear and tear on the ship after a long deployment and also to upgrade and modernize our systems to bring them up to current standards.’
Abraham Lincoln's PIA planning took approximately two years to piece together, resulting in an all-hands collaboration between the ship's crew, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) workers and multiple civilian contractors. The focus was on updating multiple systems, improving structural integrity and rehabilitating living quarters for the crew.
The entire crew of a ship, characterized by the participation or contributions of all individuals in a group.
All Hands was a monthly published magazine of the United States Navy for its sailors.