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080905-N-7981E-845 Indian Ocean (September 5, 2008)- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) leads ships from the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group in formation as they transit the Indian Ocean. Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, covering 52 million square miles, with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (RELEASED)