COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) CompTuEx and CQ’s Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team (NPMTT) Drills, assessments and the pre-deployment ORSE off SOCAL OPAREA conducted by the NPMTT Team; conducting the Exercise Northern Edge, with CVW-14 CQ’s, en route to Alaska to conduct Exercise Northern Edge 2002, a multi-threat scenario acted out in Alaskan waters in the Gulf of Alaska and JTFEX off the coast of California during FEP-2 and Sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her 1st North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her fifth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment) in support of her 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq (24 July 2002 to 6 May 2003).

1 January 2002 to 6 May 2003

Chapter XV

Part I of III - 1 January to 31 December 2002

Part II of III - 1 January to 5 May 2003

Part III of III - 6 May 2003 - Section 1, 2 & 3


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2002 YEAR END REPORT

Chapter XV, Appendix I, Section I


Abe’s Sixth “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XV, relating to Crew Personnel Stories and Awards, Department and Division, in port crew activities other then arrival or departure articles to ports of call, Chapter XV, Appendix II

Chapter XV, Appendix I, Section 2 of 2 and Chapter XV, Appendix II


“On 6 May 2003, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM John Kelly embarked arrived Naval Station, Everett, Washington, disembarking CVW-14 at San Diego, California, with Captain Kendall L. Card as the Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Douglas K. Dupouy, eighth Commanding Officer, serving from 15 May 2000 to 5 November 2002, ending her sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her 1st North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her fifth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment) in support of her of 5th Operation Southern Watch (OSW), enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, and her 1st Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain in July 1995, moving ashore in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet, reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch. Two fireboats shooting plumes of water faithfully shepherded the ship to Pier 1 at NS Everett as Abraham Lincoln returned from war after a deployment that lasted around nine and a half months (290 days), her longest deployment to date, and an even more difficult and stressful separation for families to endure than her previous cruises. Abraham Lincoln sailed 102,816 nautical miles during the deployment, and recorded 12,700 arrested landings and 16,500 sorties, while aircraft flying from her deck dropped 1.865 million pounds of ordnance during Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Southern Watch. And during the initial strikes over Iraq, Super Hornets often dropped up to four 2,000 pound satellite-guided bombs from each aircraft from above 30,000 feet (for relative safety from enemy AAA and SAMs). Comdr. Penfield noted that pilots programmed global positioning system coordinates into the bombs “and let those Volkswagens go.” Super Hornets also demonstrated their versatility by providing over 3.2 million pounds of fuel to other aircraft during the deployment, including 2.3 million pounds in Iraqi Freedom. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Eastern Pacific en route to Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California from 20 to 22 July 2002, pulling into NASNI to embark CVW-14 on 22 July 2002, departing NASNI on 24 July 2002, visiting from 22 to 24 July 2002, underway in the Pacific conducting Carrier Qualifications from 24 to 26 July 2002 and then steamed to en route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 26 July to 1 August 2002, arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 1 August 2002. Abraham Lincoln departed Pearl Harbor on 3 August 2002, arriving on 1 August 2002, en route to Sasebo. As reported on 13 August 2002, “during its deployment, Abraham Lincoln will be part of the evaluation process that will change the way the Navy handles man overboard situations. A new three-piece system is now in place to take the guesswork out of knowing if a Sailor is possibly in the water. A transmitter the size of a Rubik’s Cube, a receiver consisting of a whip antenna connected to a small box the size of an answering machine, and a direction finder that points out the relative bearing of the transmitter make up the new man overboard indicator (MOBI) system. With MOBI, the Navy is in the process of revolutionizing safety standards aboard ships. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Western Pacific en route to Sasebo, Japan from 3 to 16 August 2002, arriving on the 16th, departing Sasebo, Japan on 19 August 2002, visiting Sasebo, Japan from 16 to 19 August 2002. Three F/A-18C Hornets from VFA-25 flew ashore to Kadena AFB for an air-to-air training detachment during this port period. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Sea of Japan, Western Pacific and South China Sea en route to Hong Kong, China from 19 to 23 August 2002, making a port call at Hong Kong, China from 23 to 27 August 2002, underway in the South China Sea en route to Singapore from 27 to 31 August 2002, and then made a port call at Singapore from 31 August to 5 September 2002 and then headed to the Northern Arabian Sea. During the deployment, the ship hosted command receptions for over 3,000 area civic and military dignitaries in Sasebo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Cmdr. Paul A. Haas, a native of Indianapolis, relieved Cmdr. Victor R. Olivarez as the commanding officer of Fighter Squadron from 31 on 30 August 2002 in a change-of-command ceremony conducted while underway in the South China Sea. Olivarez served as commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 31 since April 2001. During his tenure the Tomcatters filled a critical roll in the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Battle Group, bringing a unique Strike capability with the combination of their Forward Air Controller (Airborne) role as well as their precision strike capability against the most difficult targets utilizing their LANTIRN FLIR capabilities. Under his leadership the Tomcatters enjoyed an enviable reputation through their professionalism and execution. His next duty assignment will be as the operations officer at Commander, Third Fleet. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the South China Sea en route to Northern Arabian Sea via the Strait of Malacca through to the Indian Ocean from 5 to 11 September 2002. The Medical Department spearheaded a series of Anthrax and Smallpox vaccinations. These vaccinations were administered to the entire crew, air wing, and all other ships in the strike group. The Medical Department keenly planned and executed this massive undertaking with minimal impact on preparations for upcoming hostilities. This evolution enabled the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group to enter the Arabian Gulf on 11 September 2002, entering the Fifth Fleet AOR and relieved USS George Washington (CVN-73) on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, on station to support Operation Enduring Freedom, fully combat ready for any contingency that might arise and will also support Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq once arriving in the Persian Gulf. Several ceremonies were held to honor and remember. The Medical Department started the new year with a fairly full and seasoned complement of nine officers and 41 ship and squadron Hospital Corpsmen. Shortly after the carrier entered the operating area, 1,200 crewmembers massed on the flight deck to spell out the words “Ready Now.” Those words have deep meaning. When President Bush addressed the Joint Session in Congress in September of last year, he looked to his Joint Chiefs of Staff and he said, “I have message for the United States military. Be ready.” Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln want the world to know, especially those meaning to do the world harm, we are “ready now.” Later in the day, a solemn ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, attended by Sailors from the ship and air wing, included the folding of two flags, one from the site of the World Trade Center and one from the ship which will be sent to the Pentagon. The two flags were flown over Abraham Lincoln earlier in the day. At the conclusion of the folding, they were presented by CMDMC John O'Banion, the ship’s command master chief, CMDMC Evelyn Banks, the air wing command master chief, to Rear Adm. John Kelly, Abraham Lincoln Battle Group Commander. Capt. Doug Dupouy, Abraham Lincoln’s Commanding Officer, gave introductory remarks. “As Abe Lincoln would have said – ‘it is altogether fitting and proper’ that we commemorate this first anniversary of September 11, 2001. It reminds us of our purpose. It re-enforces our resolve. Continually fueled by the horrific acts of September 11, we’re a nation determined to win this war against terrorism. And never doubt, we will win.” On 13 September 2002, Captain Kevin C. Albright, Commander CVW-14, and Comdr. Jeffrey R. Penfield, the commanding officer of VFA-115, flew the first Super Hornet sorties from the ship as she sailed in the northern Arabian Sea, on a mission against militants in Afghanistan in support of OEF, operations against al-Qāidah terrorists in and around Afghanistan and those who supported them. Penfield later received the Bronze Star for his flights against the enemy during this deployment. As reported on 19 September 2002, the melting pot -- America is known for this because it is a mixture of cultures and ethnicities from every country and continent on Earth. America is home for millions who are either descendents from immigrants around the world, or in many cases, immigrants who just recently arrived, looking for a new home. Abraham Lincoln is representative of the rich cultural diversity found in America. In addition to those from Asian, European, African and Latin American countries, there are also Sailors who were born in and once lived in what is now known as the former Soviet Union. As reported on 20 September 2002,Dental Technician 3rd Class Rebekah Middleton wakes up day after day on the same aircraft carrier and does the same job as most Sailors on board. The difference between Petty Officer Middleton and most Sailors is what motivates her to get up out of that rack, get dressed, and go to work each day. “I think about the people at home living their lives every day, not knowing what we go through out here,” said Middleton. “I am doing what I can to help the Sailors on board, and I am doing what I can so my family can go on living their lives in freedom.” Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Northern Arabian Sea, in support of OEF from 11 to 21 September 2002. At one point during OEF, a Prowler from VAQ-139 accomplished the squadron’s first field landing with night vision goggles, at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. But Catapult Nos 2 and 3 developed leaks due to in service wear and corrosion of a 2 inch trough heating drain, which forced sailors to laboriously repair the gear and return the systems to full operation while underway. In addition, Jet Blast Deflector No. 1 failed due to improper manufacture of an actuator base that opened and closed the deflector. The problem destroyed substantial cooling piping and brass fittings, but sailors restored the vital system within 12 hours. Abraham Lincoln steamed through the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz, into the Persian Gulf from 22 to 25 September 2002, making a port call at Bahrain from 25 to 28 September 2002, and then steamed in the Persian Gulf and commenced combat operations on the 28th in support of  OSW, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq. At about 1330, an aircraft flare dispenser ignited near the bomb farm on the flight deck Abraham Lincoln on 18 October 2002 in the Arabian Gulf. AWSC Randy Horner, the Ordnance Division’s leading chief petty officer, reacted quickly and grabbed the burning cylinder, ran 20 yards to the edge of the flight deck and tossed the device overboard. Normally used with F-14 Tomcats as decoys for heat-seeking missiles, the flares contained 80 internal units that burned at 1,600 degrees. “By the time I reached it, about 20 or 30 of [the internal units] were burning,” Horner recalled. “When I grabbed the handle [of the dispenser], it burned my hands a little, like grabbing a hot pan with the water boiling over.” Shipmates raced over to help the sailor control the potential conflagration. Horner’s rapid reactions averted what could have escalated into a terrible fire, and he received the Navy Achievement Medal for his actions, his sixth such award during the senior chief’s 25 years of service. Captain Kendall L. Card assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard Abraham Lincoln on 5 November 2002, relieving Captain Douglas K. Dupouy, eighth Commanding Officer, serving from 15 May 2000 to 5 November 2002.  Lt. John Turner, a 34-year-old Super Hornet pilot, and Lt. Eric Doyle of VFA-115, flew the first Super Hornet combat live-fire actions from the ship, in Aircraft No. 202 and Aircraft No. 206 on 6 November 2002. The men dropped four Mk 84 (GBU-31 [guided bomb unit] (V) 4, J109 target penetrator) 2,000 pound JDAMs against an Iraqi command and control facility near Tallil, and two surface-to-air missile systems near Al Kut, both locations situated to the southeast of Baghdad, in response to Iraqi provocations against coalition aircraft “Four weeks prior to combat operations in Iraq, a Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) assisted VF- 31 with a short-timeline incorporation of three JDAM technical directives (AVC 4997, AVC 5123, and AVC 5124) on 12 F-14D aircraft. AIMD completed the modification of all 12 APG-71 Digital Display Indicators, Data Processor, and AYK-14 Mission Computers in record time. AIMD's effort provided the Strike Group Commander with long-range F-14 bombing assets that became crucial during critical combat missions over Northern Iraq. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, USA, Commander Central Command, led a troupe of United Services Organization (USO) entertainers on board that included singers Wayne Newton and Neal McCoy, comedian Paul Rodriquez and two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, to share the Thanksgiving holidays with the crew on 26 November 2002. Paul Hamilton sailed alongside the carrier, which also enabled her crew to enjoy some of the entertainment. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command, led a troupe of entertainers featuring Wayne Newton to Abraham Lincoln for a United Services Organization (USO) show on 26 November 2002. Newton is the USO’s Celebrity Circle chairman, and brought country singer Neal McCoy, comedian Paul Rodriguez and two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to entertain the Sailors during the Thanksgiving holidays. More than 3,000 Sailors attended the show and provided a colorful backdrop with a multicolored ensemble of flight deck jerseys, utilities and khakis. Sailors surrounded the stage, sat atop aircraft and looked down from “vulture’s row” on the O-10 level just to get a glimpse. With USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) sailing alongside the carrier, Abraham Lincoln Battle Group Commander Rear Adm. John Kelly took the stage and introduced Franks, who in turn addressed the crew. As reported on 17 December 2002, Country singer and songwriter Trace Adkins came to Abraham Lincoln for Thanksgiving, away from his wife and kids, to be with the crew, and he made his reasoning perfectly clear. “I didn’t come over here as an entertainer,” he said. “I came over here as a grateful, thankful American to say that we miss you, and we’ll be glad when you get back home. Thank you for what you’re doing.” His message also came in the form of a show on 27 November 2002 in front of a full house in the ship's hangar bay. He brought his backing band, and with the help and support of the USO, he brought the equipment to make the night into the closest thing to a real concert you could get on an aircraft carrier in a hot zone. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Fallon, Rear Adm. John Kelly and Capt. Kendall Card made a few quick remarks to introduce the set, and then came the voice that shook the room and rattled the walls. “Good evenin’,” came the voice from underneath a worn, brown cowboy hat. “Good to see ya.” It takes a big man to produce a sound that huge. It also takes a big man to survive being shot in the heart, being run down by a bulldozer, riding out a hurricane while working on an offshore oil rig, and having a finger and his nose reattached in two separate incidents. He’s got four albums out, has played live in front of more than 2,000,000 people since 1996, has been nominated and awarded for all types of music awards, and has appeared on several TV shows such as “Austin City Limits" and “Late Night with David Letterman.” And this is the man who came to the ship on Thanksgiving to say how much he appreciates what the military's doing. “I’m honored to be here,” said Adkins, his first words after getting on stage. “I’ve been looking forward to this for some time. I never dreamed I’d get an opportunity to do something like this. This is one of the best perks - if not the best perk - that I’ve ever gotten since I’ve been doing this for a living. I love every one of you.” After that introduction, he started his show with a mellow, slightly darker, down-tempo #1 hit of his, “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” and from there moved through “I Left Something Turned on at Home,” “Every Light in the House,” the tongue-in-cheek Copenhagen love song, and several others, including an upbeat tune called “Chrome." Between songs during the show, Adkins presented Card with a book of letters from an elementary school teacher in California, received a Fighter/Attack squadron 25 shirt from one Sailor and a coin from another, and gave a hug to Airman Carrie Bousman, whose father had written an e-mail to his Web site. Pacific Naval Air Forces' Force Master Chief, Keith Goosby, visited Abraham Lincoln on 4 December 2003 to talk to Sailors about conditions around the fleet and upcoming programs. Goosby addressed crew members of the ship and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 to offer words of encouragement about the current deployment. “Don’t let your guard down,” he said, emphasizing each word with a verbal punch. “Because when you’ve had a chance to have the kind of successes that you’re having out here right now, it’s very easy for you to get to the point where you let some complacency come in. You don’t do it intentionally. It just kind of creeps in on it’s own. Don’t let getting home and your eagerness to get there spoil what you’re doing right now.” Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf, conducting combat operations in support of OSW, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq from 28 October to 6 December 2002. In December 2002: At one point, a small Class “A” fire broke out in the Socket Pouring Room. The fire damaged overhead lighting fixtures and burned cableway for No. 4 ACE control, indication and stanchions, though sailors controlled the blaze without casualties. As ongoing negotiations with the Iraqis, however, concerning Saddam Hussein and his Ba’ath party cronies, and their abuses of human rights and weapons of mass destruction program (which many analysts at the time perceived as a substantive menace) appeared to deteriorate, rumors circulated across the media that the Navy would extend the ship’s deployment. Sailors struggled with homesickness and longed to share Christmas with families, but anticipated longer separations. “Just focus on the day,” Capt. Kendall L. Card, the skipper, counseled his crew. “Keep your head on the swivel.” As tensions among crewmembers mounted, the captain added “Get over it” to emphasize their commitment to the war. Sailors began to joke about the phrase to momentarily alleviate homesickness, and some started to wear t-shirts sporting the skippers’ expression. After aircraft flew their last Southern Watch mission, the ship came about for the Arabian Sea via Bahrain for a port call. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port call at Bahrain on 6 December 2002. As reported on 7 December 2002, part of the dynamic of a military family is coping with separation. It is simply one of those hard facts of life. One of the hardest jobs in the military is laid at the feet of family members who have to deal with separation, coping with problems alone, dinners with an empty chair at the table, and celebrating birthdays and anniversaries with a missing guest. To recognize the sacrifices of family members, the Department of Defense names Thanksgiving week Military Families Appreciation Week to honor those supporting the service members who defend and protect the nation. As reported on 19 December 2002, Abraham Lincoln’s command Drug/Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) sponsored a “Right Spirit” party on 7 December 2002 at Naval Station Annex Bahrain’s Desert Dome to promote the idea that Sailors don’t need alcohol to have a good time. The two-hour party centered on a talent show, but also included giveaway prizes ranging from 150 T-shirts to three mink blankets, three walkmans and a few perfume sets. Keeping with the theme of non-alcohol beverages, water and soda were available at a stand near the stage at no cost. The “Right Spirit” Campaign, adopted by the Secretary of the Navy in 1996, is designed to deglamorize alcohol use and prevent binge drinking. Abraham Lincoln made a port call at Bahrain from 6 to 10 December 2002, and then steamed to the Persian Gulf, for the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Sea through to the Indian Ocean en route to Fremantle, Australia and then steamed through the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman from 10 to 15 December 2002, to the Arabian Sea through to the Indian Ocean en route to Fremantle, Australia, departing the 5th Fleet operating area on 15 December 2002. As reported on 18 December 2002, “Quartermaster Seaman Jeremy West joined the Navy to see what the world outside of his small hometown of Borger, Texas, had to offer. He graduated high school in a class of less than 250 people and says many of his classmates shared his dream of wanting to leave home. “Most teenagers who live back home talk about getting out of Borger. It usually doesn’t happen, and I didn’t want to be another statistic,” said West. “So I joined the Navy to see the world.” West knew he would meet people from different parts of the world when he joined the Navy. He anticipated seeing different cultures and learning new things, but he didn’t expect to find someone from his neck of the woods serving aboard Abraham Lincoln. That changed when West met Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Timothy Culwell, also a Borger native, standing in line at the ship’s store. As reported on 19 December 2002, every year, the U.S. Navy joins together with hundreds of local, national and international supporters to aid charitable organizations through sponsorship of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This year, Abraham Lincoln Sailors contributed $158,481.00 to the CFC, surpassing last year’s mark by nearly $50,000.00. Ensign Jim Pederson, V-3 Division’s assistant division officer and this year’s CFC coordinator, said that the record numbers reflect the commitment of the Sailors aboard Lincoln. “I think this is just great, it’s really a direct reflection of the kind of people we have here,” said Pederson. “Our efforts are to continually make us an example for others to follow. We have done that here.” CFC helps thousands of local and national charities every year. Many of the funds donated by the Sailors will directly support charitable activities in and around their home port area in Washington. Abraham Lincoln steamed through the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman from 10 to 22 December 2002, en route to Fremantle, Australia via the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, departing the 5th Fleet operating area on the 15th and paid a much deserved port visit to Perth, Australia from 22 to 28 December 2002. During an extended holiday visit, it was rumored the ship could return to the Persian Gulf, yet a course for home was engaged via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Abraham Lincoln steamed from Fremantle, Australia to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 28 to 31 December 2002, when the determination was made to return to the northern stretches of the Arabian/Persian Gulf in C5F AOR. After Perth, readiness preparations were key priorities. Anthrax immunizations were still required by 4,800 crewmembers, as well as Smallpox. Medical responded with shotex's in February after resolving several logistics problems in obtaining the Smallpox vaccine. End result, entire crew accomplished in three major evolutions totally over 15,000 actual sticks. Note: Most of crew received only first and second in the series of Anthrax immunizations prior to our departure from theater. First order of business was a working port visit to Perth, Australia where they took the opportunity to consult several urgent and chronic cases to the local medical specialists—with great results from the local providers under the new TRICARE/International SOS support contract. They attempted to restock on critical shortages, and found most items available. Abraham Lincoln left port healthier than it had been in several months; despite the fact the crew still required several immunizations for the return to operational theater. By the end of 2002, the Air Department continues to be the finest in the fleet, with the hardworking Aviation Boatswain's Mates leading the charge during long work-up periods and to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. This year each division achieved outstanding accomplishments in flight operations and maintenance. Further accomplishments included V-1 and V-3 Divisions conducting 30,857 aircraft moves on the flight and hangar decks and executed more than 1,926 elevator moves. The award-winning Crash and Salvage team responded to 132 actual emergencies this year, with no personnel injuries. Furthermore, V-2 Division maintained an astounding 98 percent equipment availability rate during the ship's deployment work-up period and an Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific deployment and the ship safely completed 12,130 aircraft launches and recoveries by years end 2002; in support of the Tailored Ship's Training Assessment (TSTA) I/II/III, Fleet Evaluation Period (FEP), COMPTUEX, Exercise Northern Edge, Joint Training Fleet Exercise (JTFEX), and Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. V-4 Division expeditiously handled more than 14,153 mishap-free aircraft refueling evolutions resulting in the safe, efficient delivery of 17,007,692 gallons of aviation fuel. Additionally, they received 15,158,646 gallons of aviation fuel during 17 underway replenishments and two Fueling At Sea (FAS) evolutions with USS Paul Hamilton.


“The following accomplishments highlight Abraham Lincoln’s performance in CY 2002:




Air Officer


01 January to 19 July 2002 - CAPT Michael Gnozzio

20 July to 31 December - CAPT (sel) Brian Toon


Assistant Air Officer


01 January to 19 July 2002 - CAPT (sel) Brian Toon

19 July to 31 December 2002 - CDR Jeff Kirby


The Air Department continues to be the finest in the fleet, with the hardworking Aviation Boatswain's Mates leading the charge during long work-up periods and to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. In 2002 each division achieved outstanding accomplishments in flight operations and maintenance.


V-1 and V-3 Divisions conducted 30,857 aircraft moves on the flight and hangar decks and executed more than 1,926 elevator moves. The award-winning Crash and Salvage team responded to 132 actual emergencies this year, with no personnel injuries.


V-2 Division maintained an astounding 98 percent equipment availability rate during the ship's deployment work-up period and an Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific deployment.


The ship safely completed 12,130 aircraft launches and recoveries in support of the Tailored Ship's Training Assessment (TSTA) I/II/III, Fleet Evaluation Period (FEP), COMPTUEX, Exercise Northern Edge, Joint Training Fleet Exercise (JTFEX), and Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.


V-4 Division expeditiously handled more than 14,153 mishap-free aircraft refueling evolutions resulting in the safe, efficient delivery of 17,007,692 gallons of aviation fuel. Additionally, they received 15,158,646 gallons of aviation fuel during 17 underway replenishments and two Fueling At Sea (FAS) evolutions with USS Paul Hamilton.




Calendar year 2002 was marked with tremendous success for Abraham Lincoln’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD). The year began while on COMPTUEX, where AIMD provided support for 70 aircraft in nine squadrons maintaining and flying the nine type/model/series aircraft of Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) and the ships and aircraft of Abraham Lincoln Battle Group.


The department excelled during the 2002 Aviation Maintenance Evaluation conducted by CNAP in which 42 of 43 maintenance programs were identified on-track. This outcome reflected outstanding management of the processes and programs support critical to Naval Aviation Maintenance.


In July 2002, the department transitioned from inter-deployment training to support deployed operations. Highly trained technicians continued to operate test benches that had been groomed and tweaked. This highly skilled and efficient department processed 12,880 repairable aircraft parts in three months and achieved a 71.5 percent repair rate, providing much needed parts resulting in the accomplishment of 10,197 sorties attaining 31,610 flight hours and enabling a sortie completion rate of 96.1 percent. One key element in the battle group's success was the Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity (BFIMA) and AIMD's action as the coordinator.


AIMD coordinated more than 550 support actions, expending 16,000 man-hours in support of 18 aviation units.


AIMD's Administration division processed over 8,000 pieces of correspondence in support of 402 personnel. Production Control provided the direction for 67 work centers, establishing new levels of accomplishment while maintaining a ready for issue rate of 71.4 percent.


AIMD's General Maintenance Division, comprised of 73 personnel, completed the first fleet installation of the new Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI) Test Cell. Abraham Lincoln Sailors worked hand-in-hand with contractor and Naval Air Systems Command representatives to complete the technical and operational evaluation of the new test cell.


Abraham Lincoln became the first carrier certified to operate the FIA-18EF Super Hornet's F414-GE-400 engine utilizing the newest test cell in the fleet. The division issued 41 engines during the year, repairing 21 engines utilizing the JETI test cell.


AIMD Avionics and Armament Division, the largest division in the department with 193 personnel in 15 shops comprised of 37 work centers provided electrical, electronic and armament Abraham Lincoln Battle Group.


AIMD Support Equipment Division having 52 personnel maintained over 1140 items of support equipment and achieved a readiness rate of 98.8 percent, the highest in recent history. There superb efforts supported the high pace of flight deck operations was well as in-depth aircraft maintenance, ensuring zero sorties missed due to support equipment non-availability.


The high level of management and leadership capability illustrated by the above information are illustrated by the selection of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Officer, CDR Ellen Coyne as the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership, a selection made by her peers for outstanding ship-wide leadership. Also the selection of AMl (AW1SW) Messier as the Abraham Lincoln Sailor of the Year for 2002. These accomplishments reflect the Standard of Excellence that the entire department is noted for.




Combat Systems Information Systems is at the forefront of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence support to the war fighter. Throughout the Inter Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) and Arabian Gulf deployment Information Systems has excelled in all areas, delivering consistently high levels of Automated Information Systems and communications support to a myriad of tactical users.


Combat Systems Maintenance Branch provided maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of various Communications, Radar, Navigation, Data Systems, ACLS, Ship's Self-Defense Weapons, Tactical Data Links and Display/Decision systems, ensuring availability of tactical information and self-defense capability for ship's company, embarked Staffs, and Air wing. Aggressive, forward-leaning maintenance philosophy, which included in excess of 1 1,000 PMS checks (23,500 man hours with a RAR of 97.4 percent) allowed Abraham Lincoln to deploy CASREP Free, and efficient use of time and resources resulted in timely voyage repairs to critical systems.


2002 Specific accomplishments include:


a. Combat Systems Telecommunications (CS-1) Division:


1) Implemented Fleet Secure Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNET) Messaging, the wave of the future in message handling and delivery.


2) First Third Fleet carrier to activate dual-channel Super High Frequency (SHF) on the Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS). Efforts ensured reliable tactical communications connectivity during Northern Edge-02 off the coast of Alaska, when commercial Wideband Satellite Program (CWSP) SHF systems were unable to provide tactical coverage due to footprint constraints.


3) Provided the Radio Frequency link for Video Tele-training (VTT). System was used as a Quality of Life (QOL) Video Tele-conferencing (VTC) with family members ashore. Activated using CWSP at 128Kbps and interfacing with shore facilities to bring more than 800 family members out to sea so that fathers could see their sons and daughters for the frrst time, reenlistments, and many other quality of life events.


4) Communications cutovers to the Seventh and Fifth Fleet OPCON were performed flawlessly. Communicators were lauded by COMUSNAVCENT and NCTS Bahrain as "setting the standard" in communications shifts in the AOR.


5) Through intense hands-on leadership and training, the communications Division were achieved a 98.6 percent of Immediate Superior in Command graded comprehensive Communications Assessment. Additionally, the Telecommunications Division was the first to attain M-1 in training readiness and has maintained an M-1 throughout the year.


6) The Automated Digital Multiplexing System (ADMS) has a Quad Synchronous Processor (QSP-12) card upgrade. This upgrade enables activation of individual circuits at rates of 5 12Kbps by providing required clocking.


7) First ship in the Navy to activate Commercial Wideband Satellite Program (CWSP) at E-1 (2.048Mbps) due to DSCS casualty. Initially scheduled to activate in December 02 to support the Naval Fires Network (NFN) architecture.


b. Automated Information Systems (CS-3) Division:


1) Technicians developed the technical specifications for the integration of Navy and Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) computers into Fleet IT-21 Local Area Networks (LAN). Technical documentation was forwarded to NMCI contractors for Fleet wide implementation. Abraham Lincoln was the first carrier to successfully integrate NMCI architecture, migrating over 340 computers to the shipboard network. Efforts saved the navy over $20,000 in contractor costs.


2) First carrier to deploy with fully integrated Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS). Technicians installed and developed employment procedures to fully integrate embarked staffs, 9 embarked squadrons, and Lincoln. System processes through replication, personnel and pay data records for over 5500 personnel.


3) Developed and implemented a Micro Computer Repair and Assistance Team (MAST) that handled more than 3,300 trouble reports, 1,100 software upgrades and integrated more than 700 computers.


4) Upgraded entire network to Gigabyte Ether, increasing LAN backbone throughput from 622Mbps to 1,000Mbps. Additionally, software upgraded to version on all switches.


5) Processed over 3,500,000 incoming E-mails.


6) Upgraded Naval Tactical Command Support System (NTCSS) to Birch Plus in May

2002. Upgrade provided numerous Functional Area Supervisor process enhancements.


7) ISNS LAN software was upgraded to version on all servers and 1000 workstations.


8) Two PKI Local Registration Authority (LRA) workstations were installed in JULY 2002 to support Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certifications ship wide. Over 350 shipboard personnel are PKI certified on the Unclassified LAN.


c. Tactical Automated Information Systems (CS-8) Division:


1) Tactical Automated Mission Planning System (TAMPS) software suite was upgraded to version 6.2.1. Network was completely upgraded from Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) to Ethernet and Desktop computers were refreshed.


2) Naval Portable Flight Planning Software (NPFPS) software suite was upgraded to version 3.1.2. Due to large quantities of data required to support NPFPS data information store was moved to Strike Fighter on Line Servers. At some point NPFPS will need to an upgrade to provide it own data information store servers, Lincoln's current server configuration will not support the over 100 Gigabyte data storage requirement imposed by NPF'PS.


3) TOPSCENE 4000 and 400 software suites upgraded to versions 6.5, Real time software version 3.0b BETA 722, and Silicon Graphics version 6.5.4. Data storage was upgraded to 400 Gigabytes.


4) Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) software suite was upgraded to version 1.0.2. ABETAP and ABEAODB TBMCS servers were upgraded to computer model HP3600.


5) Global Command and Control System- Maritime (GCCS-M) General Service (GENSER) software suite was upgraded to version Segmented Compartmental Information (SCI) GCCS-M JOTS terminals 1, 2, 14, 18 and 19 and GENSER GCCS-M JOTS terminals 1,2,3,4,12,14, 19, and 21 were upgraded to computer model HP3600.


6) Segmented Compartmented Information (SCI) Precision Targeting Workstation (PTW) was upgraded to SCI PTW version 3.2.


7) General Service (GENSER) Precision Targeting Workstation (PTW) was upgraded to GENSER PTW version 4.0.l(p5).


8) Tomahawk Planning System Afloat (TPSA) was upgraded to version 4.1.2.


9) Mission Distribution System (MDS) was upgraded to version 3.6a.


10) Digital Imagery Workstation Suite Afloat (DIWSA) was upgraded to version 3.2.2d.


11) OL-530 equipment received upgrades to existing patch panels and switches that incorporated the ability for JOTS 2 to assume primary JOTS 1 functions.


12) Strike Fighter on-line Training Server (SFTS) installed in March 2002 provides extensive WEB based Strike Fighter Training to pilots onboard. System has a 200 Gigabyte storage capacity that periodically replicates to shore versions of the SFTS. System allows pilots to continue online training regardless of location.


13) Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) was installed in May 2002. Lincoln was the initial test platform to test the systems capabilities at sea. System is used to GPS pinpoint downed pilots. System was removed upon completion of testing during


Exercise Northern Edge-02 and JTFEX-02.


14) Coalition Wide Area Network "A" (COWAN-A) was installed in May 2002. System is comprised of 2 NT servers, 6 Laptop computers, a CISCO 2000 series router, a 24 port ALCATEL switch and KG-175 TACLANE. A total of 11 drops were run throughout the ship to support coalition network connectivity ISO deployment. Additionally, coalition collaboration at Sea (CAS) website is hosted onboard and replicated ashore. The system is attached to the lOBase2 Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) topology for connectivity off ship.


15) Linked Operations/intelligence Centers Europe (LOCE) was installed in September 2002. System is comprised of two NT workstations, two CISCO IP Phones, a CISCO 2000 series router, a 4-port switch, and KG-175 TACLANE. A total of two drops were run to support coalition liaison Officers while deployed. The system is attached to the 10Base2 Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) topology for connectivity off ship.


16) NIMA Product Server (NPS) was upgraded to version 2.2, along with processor and hard drive upgrades to 160 gigabytes.


17) NITES 2000 received hardware and software upgrades, 2 additional servers, one NITES I1 workstation, 3 NITES I workstations, 1 unclassified NITES I workstation, and one Omni stack 24 port Ethernet switch.


18) Tactical Exploitation System-Navy (TES-N) or Naval Fires Network (NFN) demonstrator was installed in June 2002. System consists of 9 GENSER servers, 9 GENSER workstations, 2 SCI servers, and 3 SCI workstations. System operates on an internal ATM network that connects to SIPRNET for off ship connectivity through ADNS. Operating systems include Solaris 2.5.1, Solaris 2.6, Solaris 2.7, Solaris 8, DEC Unix, IRIX, Windows 2000, and Windows NT 4.0. The system has a 568-gigabyte storage capacity. This is the one stop shopping software package for intelligence information processing. Future connections to JSIPS-N, PTW, SIPRNET, SCINET, and CDL-N.


d. Information Systems Security (CS-10) Division:


1) Researched, tested and deployed central Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) that logged server and 7 IDS sensors. Technicians built this system using onboard resources and vastly improved overall network Intrusion detection.


2) Developed an Access Control List (ACL) for Non Secure Internet Protocol Routing

Network (NIPRNET) proxy server and effectively blocked more than 1,500 unauthorized websites.


3) Researched and published an Information Systems Security Weekly, improving overall command awareness on Operational Security, Information Security, and Computer security.


e. External Communications Maintenance (CS-2) Division:


1) Completed voyage repairs to AN/WSC-6(V) main receive and test receive cables. Troubleshot and identified two damaged heliax cables (main receive and test receive) in the AN/WSC-6(V) SHF system. Corrected RF interference problems and restored SHF capabilities.


2) Repaired damage from a cable fire in the ANJSRC-47 causing extensive damage throughout the Flight Deck Communications System. To date have troubleshot and repaired 9 of 21 faulty circuit cards in 18 C-10907 Base stations and have restored full functionality to entire ANISRC-47. Awaiting parts necessary to repair remaining 12 circuit cards that will restore loopercent operation to system.


3) Developed a method to configure the Flight Deck Crash alarm from the 5MC to broadcast through the ANISRC-47 Flight Deck Communications System, increasing the safety of personnel working on the flight deck.


4) Replaced two 15 foot HF transmit 7-30 Mhz antenna's with new antenna's ensuring broad band HF communications would be at optimal operation during deployment 2002.


5) Isolated and replaced a faulty TWT Final Amplifier Assembly and damaged wave guide section in ANJUSC-38 EHF Terminal #I. Ensured full EHF capabilities were available for deployed staff use during deployment 2002.


6) Installed Dual-Net Multi-Frequency Link (DNMFL) and troubleshot several cable faults providing dual net link capabilities for battle group use during deployment 2002.


7) Troubleshot and repaired HF Narrow Band Transmitters (replaced faulty control cards) that ensured full spectrum of frequencies were available to use for HF LINK circuits during deployment 2002.


8) Conducted complete UHF suite alignment (over 40 transceivers), verified all RF cables and replaced four OE-82 preamps to provide optimum UHF LOS and SATCOM capabilities throughout deployment 2002.


9) Provided assistance in the installation and removal of the INMARSAT antenna in support of embarked media personnel (CNN).


f. Combat Systems Internal Communications (CS-5) Division:


1) Troubleshot and repaired a long-standing Satellite Television (TV-DTS) ensuring availability by close coordination with the ISEA, obtained and installed upgraded Low noise amplifiers.


2) Aggressively pursued training to support maintenance for newly installed TFCC (Tactical Flag Command Center) Video Wall, ensuring 100 percent availability for embarked Commander and Staff.


3) Provided excellent telephone support and connectivity for ship's company and embarked Air wing through advanced training exercises and Arabian Gulf deployment.


4) Developed capability to utilize onboard VTC (Video Teleconference) capability for hundreds of battle Group Sailors, to interview their families in real-time, enhancing Quality of Life.


5) Troubleshot and repaired the ship's interior radio station broadcasting equipment.


g. Combat Systems Radar/Navigation (CS-6) Division:


1) Upgraded the ANISPS-64 to the ANfSPS-73 Surface Search Radar and two SAOP consoles, greatly enhancing navigation and collision avoidance capability, and corrected casualty to SPS-73 following card cage fire with no outside technical assistance.


2) Installed more that 1500 feet of cable for the WESMAR Swimmer Defense System, providing enhanced anti-swimmer capability in support of Force Protection initiatives.


3) Corrected 8 SPS-49 casualties, including replacement of the IFF antenna and main reflector, ensuring reliable 2-D Air Search Radar capability.


4) Corrected 14 SPN-41, SPN-43, and SPN-46 casualties, ensuring reliable and safe operating environment for embarked Air wing aircraft.


5) Impeccably maintained GPETE item: maintained an overall in-calibration rate of 97 percent for a total inventory of 661 individual test equipment items.


h. Combat Systems Weapons Systems (CS-7) Division:


1) Conducted two NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System Live-Fire Exercises, excellent planning and rehearsal resulted in effective and safely executed missile firings.


2) Conducted 7 CIWS PACFIRES and 1 Towed Drone Unit (TDU) shoot safely and efficiently, ensuring 100 percent operability while completing advanced training exercises and while deployed.


3) Completed NSSMS certification 3 months ahead of schedule.


4) Provided CIWS and NSSMS Technical Assistance to Battle Group units, including USS Reuben James, USS Paul Hamilton, USS Camden.


5) Troubleshot and installed a TAS Rotary Coupler.


6) 2M Repaired 114 Jobs saving $210,000 OPTAR dollars and averting 5 CASREPS.


7) Uploaded approximately 21,000 of 20 mm CIWS ammunition and 24 RIM-7 NATO Seasparrow missiles in preparation of pending training cycle and deployment.


4. CASREP tally:


a. CASREPs for technical assistance 14

b. CASREPs for parts 40+

c. Total CASREPs 54


5. Combat Systems Department continued to support the test and evaluation of new technologies.


ALBG was the first battle group to deploy with the new Man Overboard indicator (MOBI) system. Combat Systems Department achieved 100 percent ORM qualification. Excellent support of all Combat Systems directly contributed to Abraham Lincoln’s superb performance in COMPTUEX, JTFEX, Exercise Northern Edge, and continued success while deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.


6. Personnel information:


a. Enlisted advancements - 67

b. Non-Judicial Punishments appearances - 2

c. ESWS qualifications - 86

d. EAWS qualifications - 3 1

e. Command Advancements awarded - 2

f. Seaman-To-Admiral selections - 2

g. Sailors-of-the-Year selections - 1

h. Junior-Sailor-of-the-Quarter selections - 2

i. Officer promotions - 4




Deck Department consists of three divisions under the leadership of the First Lieutenant, CDR Rick Holt. His primary assistants are the Assistant First Lieutenant, LTJG Katie Sheldon; Ship's Boatswain, ENS Troy Rose; and departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer BMC (SW) Simmons.


There are 122 personnel assigned, responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the ship's sides and over 100 spaces. The department also maintains and operates 8 underway replenishment stations, 4 ship's boats, numerous capstans and winches, the Boat and Airplane Crane, and two anchor systems.


Third Division's crane maintenance team worked closely with PSNS workers to repair and groom the ship's B & A Crane prior to deployment. These efforts and the division's excellent maintenance practices provided the Abraham Lincoln with a key piece of equipment that proved invaluable during an extended stay at anchor to prepare the ship to return to C5F. The crane control cable broke at a connection point inside the cableway sheath. The crane technicians did a superb job of trouble shooting and restoring the crane to full use in four hours.


The crane loaded stores, parts, mail, flight deck contractor equipment and material and air wing maintenance support equipment while in Perth, Australia. Over 200 commercial connex boxes full of these materials was loaded aboard and was key to the ship's successful maintenance period in which selected areas of the flight deck was resurfaced. The crane crew worked 13 of the 14 days while in port contributing to the ship's combat readiness. The crane remains fully operational and in the highest state of readiness.


Deck Department conducted over 30 at sea replenishments transferring over 6000 pallets of stores and ammunition and 50 million gallons of jet fuel in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.


Deck Department anchored 9 times during the year 2002. All these operations were completed without personal injury or serious damage to equipment while maintaining the highest state of readiness.


Deck also assisted Reactor and Engineering Departments as well as BGIMA fly away teams in making repairs to pumps, motors and compressors by providing expert rigging support services. The department has had an excellent year earning Deck Battle E. 24 people have earned Enlisted Warfare pins and four officers have earned Underway OOD Qualifications. A total of 32 Sailors were advanced during the year! All equipment is at peak material condition of readiness as we continue to fight the war on terrorism.




1. The year ended with a 96.07 percent overall Dental Department readiness for the combined 3,100 Ship's company and 1,990 embarked Air Wing personnel. Also achieved was a 36.36 percent dental health index for CVW-14 and 39.71 percent dental health index for Abraham Lincoln.


These figures represent an 11 percent increase in dental readiness and a 3.15 percent increase in dental health for the embarked air wing and the highest overall dental health of any carrier in the Pacific Fleet.


2. During 2002, there were 14,875 patient visits to the Dental Department. These visits encompassed the full gamut of dental services. Treatment included 3,705 dental cleanings, 2,366 fillings, 108 root canals, 1,626 extracted teeth and the fabrication and delivery of 124 crowns. The value of these services and others totaled in excess of $3,030,282.00 and were essential to maintaining the operational readiness of Abraham Lincoln and CVW-14.


3. The Dental Department augmented Medical on watch, quarter, and station bills during all General Quarters and Mass Casualty drills. Dental also supported the Ship's Surgeon during medical emergencies and provided a certified Basic Life Support instructor to teach and certify Lincoln Sailors in CPR. Dental personnel on the Medical Training Team (MTT) conducting training in CBR Defense, First Aid, and safe transportation of patients.


4. During “WestPac 2002, the Dental Department made 3 deployments to other ships: the USS Mobile Bay, the USS Shiloh and the USS Fetcher. These three deployments allowed 157 patients to receive otherwise unavailable dental services in theater while underway in the Persian Gulf. These were deployments within a deployment and were truly appreciated by the crew and especially by independent duty corpsmen who are faced with dental pain patients that they either can't cure or lack the facilities to treat.


5. As a department, Dental received numerous personnel awards and recognition for outstanding achievements such as warfare qualifications, Sailor of the Quarter selections and a meritorious advancement. Details of these achievements are listed below:


a. Command Advancement Program:


(1) DT3 Rebekah A. Middleton


b. Sailor of the Quarter/Year:


(1) DT3 (SW/AW) Carlos Valverde (JSOQ, Fourth Quarter)


(2) DT3 Rebekah A. Middleton (BJOQ, Second Quarter)


c. Enlisted Surface/Aviation Warfare Specialist(s):


(1) DTl (SW/FMF) Michael T. Parker (ESWS)

(2) DTl (SWlAW/FMF) Troy R. Moravec (ESWS, EAWS)

(3) DT2 (SWlAW) Charles Mewshaw (EAWS)

(4) DT3 (SW/AW) Robert A. Willis (ESWS, EAWS)

(5) DT3 (SWlAW) Hermon Tolbert (EAWS)

(6) DT3 (SW) Aaron A. Boothby (ESWS)

(7) DT3 (SW) Yvonne R. Cronin (ESWS)

(8) DT3 (SW) Julia Sampsel (ESWS)

(9) DT3 (SW/AW) Steve A. Colon (ESWS, EAWS)

(10) DT3 (SW) Jose L. Rocha (ESWS)

(11) DT3 (SW/AW) Carlos M. Valverde (ESWS, EAWS)

(12) AN (AW) D' Monte Blackrnon (EAWS)






At the beginning of 2002, the Machinist Mates of Auxiliary Division dedicated themselves to improve upon a strong tradition of exceptional Abraham Lincoln’s combat readiness. Throughout the year standards were continually raised through sustained top-quality performance during the initial stages of the inter-deployment training cycle, COMPTUEX, Joint Task Force Exercise, Exercise Northern Edge, and culminated with “WestPac2002. Through their hard work and dedication, the 120 officers, chief petty officers, and sailors of Auxiliary Division significantly increased the combat readiness of Abraham Lincoln to meet or exceed all mission requirements.


Auxiliary Division started off the year in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard building on the technical and teamwork skills of the Engineering and Damage Control Training Teams while maintaining and overhauling equipment through and extensive shipyard and ship's force work package. Numerous members of Auxiliary Division additionally attended important schools, acquiring expertise in laundry, galley maintenance, air compressor maintenance, 02N2 plant operations, pump shaft alignment, air conditioning and refrigeration repair. Once the shipyard period was completed, the majority of the efforts of Auxiliary Division became focused on operational training and maintenance.


Auxiliary Division's Hydraulics workshop, EA0l, significantly impacted the combat readiness of Abraham Lincoln by resetting the speed of travel to normal specifications on all aircraft elevators and calibrating the port and starboard steering rudder position indicators at all control stations - locally, at the trick wheel, auxiliary conning station, and on the bridge.


The hydraulics work center additionally spearheaded several equipment overhauls including the number 1 stanchion bank clutch assembly, the linkages for number 4 aircraft elevator platform locks, number 1 aircraft elevator accumulator bank by-pass valve, and number 4b accumulator bank cut-out valve limitorque assembly. These jobs are normally designated for shipyard personnel to complete. Prior to deployment, EA0l also complete an intensive pre-deployment groom of all four aircraft elevators. During “WestPac 2002, the Hydraulics shop continued an intensive approach to supporting flight operations by repairing all 12 aircraft elevator stanchion banks and the hydraulic power units for the ship's steering system. Their expertise and technical knowledge in hydraulic systems ensured Abraham Lincoln was able to continue and complete her assigned mission.


The Galley and Laundry Maintenance shop, EA02, also made remarkable contributions to Abraham Lincoln’s readiness especially in the areas of shipboard quality of life and support. Solid teamwork and close cooperation between Supply Department and Engineering Department's Galley Maintenance shop resulted in Abraham Lincoln receiving the Navy's coveted Ney Award in 2002. Close cooperation between maintenance and laundry personnel lead to preventive and corrective maintenance actions that included rebuilding both dry cleaning machines by overhauling the auxiliary boiler and float tank, overhauling five laundry presses and overhauling all washing machines and dryers by replacing internal and external doors and steam coils. Similar support with galley equipment included removal and replacement of three scullery machines and garbage grinders, replacement of eight reach-in reefer skids, installation of four new ice machines, and overhauling of the aft thaw box which included replacing the compressor, unit cooler, thermal expansion valve and salt water regulating valve.


A direct result of this award winning cooperation and pride in ownership has been maximum equipment readiness and a high level of crew morale experienced during extended operations throughout Abraham Lincoln’s deployment to the Middle East and Western Pacific.


Auxiliary Division's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shop, EA03, made their mark on Abraham Lincoln’s readiness by performing maintenance that previously was unheard of for a deployed carrier. Prior to entering the extreme environment of the Arabian Gulf EA03 technicians chemically cleaned all air conditioning plant condensers while underway. The hard work and foresight resulted in a significant reduction on the overall work load of all air conditioning units which, in turn, increased cooling capacity for critical combat systems and aviation operations planning equipment, supported mission readiness, and improved crew comfort. Prior to commencing this task, Abraham Lincoln’s AC & R technicians also developed a cleaning procedure that integrated operational risk management techniques into the process and ensured maximum efficiency while mitigating any risks.


EA03 technicians also worked hand-in-hand with Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department to take advantage of Abraham Lincoln’s organic testing capabilities to re-institute oil analysis for air conditioning compressor lubricating oils. This inter-departmental collaboration has established a practical program for monitoring contaminants in order to prevent air conditioning compressor damage. The work center additionally submitted a feedback report recommending a change to the PMS requirements for oil sampling and recommended that the change include changes to the Joint Oil Analysis Program Manual (NAVAIR 17-15-50.4) to provide support for ship refrigeration oil and troubleshooting guidance for air conditioning technicians to increase compressor service life. Finally AC & R technicians provided assistance for Air Department in conducting emergent repairs to tubing sections on an arresting gear engine restoring it to full operation capability. For their efforts, work center personnel received personal recognition from the Commanding Officer who presented each member with a CO's coin.


Auxiliary Division's Cryogenics oxygen and nitrogen (02N2) production shop, EA06, supported intensive aviation operations throughout the inter-deployment training cycle, workup exercises, JTFEX, Exercise Northern Edge, and operations in support of operations during deployment. Early in the deployment casualties rendered the forward O2N2 plant out of commission, Cryogenics workshop technicians single-handedly renovated the older Cosmodyne GB2AS production plant by repairing the number 1 regenerator, replacing all thermocouple devices, turbo-expanders and turbo-expander inlet valves.


These actions not only restored production capacity but improved production levels to match the much newer and advanced GEECO Liquid 02Nz plant, assuring redundancy in aviation support. EA06 personnel also took on the added responsibility of managing and leading Abraham Lincoln’s Filter Cleaning Shop, EA40. The process of centralizing cleaning efforts and having a rotating pool of fan coil filters decreased the turnaround time required for filter cleaning and ultimately improved ventilation cleanliness. Auxiliary Division's Outside Repair shop, EA08, also positively impacted Abraham Lincoln’s operations by instituting a comprehensive training strategy for vertical package conveyor operators and safety observers.


The vertical package conveyor training program resulted in zero accidents or injuries throughout 2002 and increased the overall safety of all cargo handling operations. Additional training efforts have included close cooperation with Supply Department cargo handlers and breakout personnel in proper methods for provision breakouts and storage. This awareness ensured proper storage of fresh fruit and vegetable as well as other frozen and refrigerated stores, increasing storage life and reducing load on refrigeration equipment. Outside repair technicians also positively impacted crew morale in repairing or replacing over 200 faucets, scuttlebutts, showerheads, and other service amenities throughout the ship throughout the year.


The technicians also overhauled several fire pumps and plastics processing units. EA08 personnel also took on the added responsibility of managing Abraham Lincoln’s trash disposal program and processing rooms. In addition to improving the overall material condition of each trash processing room, EA08 personnel instituted significant procedural changes that increased the amount of trash, garbage, and plastic processed by the ship supporting the Navy's regulations regarding environmental protection. Technicians in Abraham Lincoln’s Catapult Steam workshop, EA10, continued exceptional support for Abraham Lincoln’s primary mission of conducting flight operations and projecting power ashore.


In addition to providing steam support for catapult launches, the technicians of EA10 conducted voyage repairs on the steam system blow down piping in both 1 and 2 catapults, a job normally carried out by depot level technicians. In carrying out these repairs, the machinist mates of EA10 worked hand-in-hand with fellow engineering department Hull Technicians to conduct intensive research into the steam system designs, piping and repair strategies, and exact quality assurance procedures to ensure the highest quality repairs were conducted. These, and other similar types of repairs, enabled Abraham Lincoln to remain on station and continue flight operations to support flight operations throughout an extended deployment. Prior to deployment the workshop also calibrated all catapult gages and switches that would have come due during deployment to ensure uninterrupted operations while on station.


Finally, Catapult Steam workshop personnel were instrumental in the replacement of approximately 3 feet of 3" piping on both catapult trough heating piping in Cat 2 Fwd Trough Heating Room and Cat 3 Aft Trough Heating Room. In addition to top quality preventive and corrective maintenance efforts, Auxiliary Division leaders endeavored to improve the professional knowledge and capabilities of its sailors by mentoring juniors and counseling them on career development. Throughout 2002 fifteen Auxiliary Division sailors qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. At the end of 2002 over 80 percent of Auxiliary Division sailors were warfare qualified. Four Auxiliary Division sailors went beyond the minimum and proved themselves extraordinarily dedicated professional knowledge by becoming dual qualified as Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialists.


As a result of the added professional knowledge gained from warfare qualification and coupled with personal mentoring and guidance from senior leadership, eighteen Auxiliary Division sailors were advanced to their next higher pay grade. Finally, because of the high quality of life in Auxiliary Division and Abraham Lincoln, strong divisional leadership, and the advantages of tax-free pay fourteen Auxiliary Division sailors reenlisted for further service to the United States Navy.


2002 marked a significant year in the life of Abraham Lincoln’s Auxiliary Division. Strong improvements in material condition, increased levels of professional training, and marked enhancement of the professional knowledge of Auxiliary Division's sailors factored into the successes of Abraham Lincoln. The end 2002 found the machinist mates of Auxiliary Division exactly where they should be, at sea deployed at the tip of the spear in support of protecting our nation's goals and interests.




During the year 2002, the Electricians and Interior Communications Electricians of Electrical Division worked hard at maintaining the tradition of excellence established by their predecessors. Through dedication, hard work, and professional expertise the 90 members of Electrical Division excelled as they completed the final phases of the workups, a pre-deployment availability, and during deployment on “WestPac 2002.


The year brought numerous challenges, the most significant being constant repair of equipment:


AESS stations, deck edge doors, elevator stanchions, galley equipment, air conditioning units, K circuit, motor controllers, steering gear, vertical package conveyors and degaussing coils. Also, numerous class "C" fires were extinguished and damage repaired expediently. This excellence significantly increased the readiness and capability of Abraham Lincoln’s to fulfill any mission assigned her. The following is a summary of major events of the year 2002.


January - February:


1. Completed PEPSI (Predeployment Electrical Power Survey and Inspection) and Infrared Survey of various critical power panels, distribution boxes, motor generator sets and fuse boxes.


2. Submitted CASREP on incinerator motor after foundation bolts broke loose and the motor winding was damaged.


3. Distribution work center personnel flown to USS Shiloh (CG-67) to aid in troubleshooting and repair of SH-60B AESS station.


4. Troubleshot and repaired problems with 1MC amplifier.


5. Completed rewind of #3 garbage grinder motor.


6. Participated in loss of power drills during Reactor Department's Operational Reactor Safeguard Evaluation (ORSE) inspection.




1. Aided reactor department in correcting MCAP discrepancies in ship's main machinery spaces.


2. CSRR inspection on all MG sets and degaussing.


3. Supported CEMAT assist visit for AFFF Station and load center breaker replacement.


4. Completed rewind of MMR #2 Dirty Tank Pump Motor.


5. Supported the Reactor Department in the power restoration in two Dual-Down drills.


6. Conducted Shipboard Sound Analysis on various main machinery and auxiliary machinery.




1. Scheduled and completed CEMAT/NAVSEA assist on vital electrical equipment including: Deck edge Doors, Degaussing, Cathodic Protection, Aircraft elevators, Steering Gear, CMU's, AFFF, AC units and CHT System. Load tested all AESS stations and M/G Sets


2. Completed rewind of V-4 Fuel pump motor.


3. Repaired Degaussing "M and FI-QI" Coil.




1. Supported a successful SMI (Supply Management Inspection).


2. Provided Tech Assist to Combat Systems by replacing defective controller components in Whip Antenna.


3. Repaired problematic CKT "K”, RPM indicator.




1. Waterline Security lights refurbishment completed by TODD Shipyard


2. Incinerator Supply and Exhaust Vent Motors overhaul by PCE.


3. Industrial wash of SFMG's by PSNS Litton Industries.


4. Assisted with security cameras install by contractors.




1. Assisted with installation of new Self Serve Washing Machine and Dryers


2. Technical assistance from CEMAT to prepare AESS stations for deployment. Replaced cable heads, cables, and push button switches. Load banked all AESS stations and 400HZ M/G sets. Cleaned and overhauled all limit switches on all deck edge doors.


3. Conducted CEMAT/NAVSEA assist on various vital electrical equipment: Deck edge Doors, Aircraft elevators, Steering Gear, CMU's, AFFF, AC units and CHT System.


4. Deployed on “WestPac.




1. Provided electrical power in support to Command Receptions.


2. Aloft to replace burnt navigation light filaments.




1. Completed rewind of USS Fletcher Vent Supply motor




1. Troubleshot and repaired rudder split problems.


2. Assisted "A" division with Nr. 9 AC repairs.


3. Completed rewind of A/C Compressor motor from USS Rueben James.




1. Repaired NR. 10 A/C Compressor Motor.


2. "C" Fire on #7 JP-5 Transfer Pump Motor Controller. Overhauled and repaired.


3. Degaussing Coil "FI-QI" power supply CASREP.


4. Vertical Package Conveyor assist visit completed.




1. Provided CENTCOM VISIT and US0 SHOW with power supply requirements on the Flight Deck.


2. Class "A" fire in Socket Pouring Room: Replaced overhead lighting fixtures and replaced burned cableway for Nr 4 ACE control, indication, and stanchions.


3. Repaired 1B 400 Hz Motor Generator.




Damage Control Division hit the deck running in 2002 and never looked back. After building on the strong foundation fostered during the Basic Training Cycle, Damage Control training rapidly intensified during the first half of 2002. Total ships Force qualification reached an unprecedented high with 85 percent of the ships force and airwing personnel completing Basic DC and 25 percent of the crew finishing advanced DC qualification.


COMPTUEX Phase I & 11, JTFX and Northern Edge provided an opportunity to challenge crew/airwing integration in combating asymmetric battle scenarios. Damage Control training maintained an obscene pace in July with the start of Abraham Lincoln’s deployment to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and then continuing onto the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. While deployed in these hostile waters the Damage Control Training Team planned, briefed and executed 14 complex General Quarter's scenarios completing over 150 repetitive exercises. Each drill flexed the ship's ability to effectively respond from bow to stern to casualties affecting multiple mission areas. As a direct result of the safe and effective training conducted by the Damage Control Training Team, all Competitive Exercises graded by outside activities received an average score of 96.2 percent or better.


CBR readiness and issue has reached new highs during the Arabian Gulf deployment with the outfitting and issue of over 5200 Advanced Chemical Protective Garments. Innovative training was developed to involve the ships company in CBR training by using site TV, Damage Control Fairs / competitions, DCPO's and increased personalized hands on training conducted by DC Division personnel.


With the introduction of the Damage Control OSI Management System (OSIMS) and complete renovation of all Repair and Unit lockers, material condition and inventories have been maintained at their highest level receiving high praise during the Operational Reactor Safeguards Exam noted with deficiencies.


Additionally, the At Sea and In port Fire Party has continued to remain active responding to only 10 casualties, a significant decrease from the past two years due to an aggressive training and Fie Marshal Surveillance program identifying and eliminating many potential hazards throughout the ship.




Repair Division is comprised of six work centers and 56 personnel in the Hull Maintenance, and Machinery Repairman ratings. The Repair Officer, LTJG Jay Henson, is responsible for ensuring Lincoln meets all requirements IAW JFMM 4790.3 CH-5. The Repair Officer is responsible for all Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity (BFIMA) repairs, as well as implementing a QA program that ensures all work accomplished by Repair Division meets the material and workrnanship requirements of approved plans and specifications. Repair Division LCPO, HTC Cook, is responsible for the coordination, planning, and tracking of all repair efforts aboard all vessels currently in Lincoln's battle force.


Training, certification and proficiency in the Craftsman's specialized skills are tracked, and adjustments are made to ensure Lincoln can render assistance to any vessel in need. Each workcenter in Repair Division has a Leading Petty Officer that has been screened to ensure they have the cognitive ability and qualifications necessary to provide a quality product of service. Calendar year 2002 for Repair Division began with wrapping up PIA 2001 and getting Lincoln ready for an arduous inter-deployment training cycle and work-ups leading to her most important role since commissioning; Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. Repair Division made tremendous contributions to the success of the deployment.


From correcting over 100 trouble calls weekly on habitability issues, and major repairs to ship's equipment and nonsafety of flight repairs to aircraft both on Lincoln and other ships in the battle group. Repair's capabilities are without limits, from simple engraving requests that number in the hundreds monthly, to carpentry and fine wood working used in awarding individuals and distinguished visitors alike. Emergent jobs have only honed the skills of our bright technicians, who have repeatedly made DEPOT level repairs to systems that have catastrophically failed due to life cycles and improper design and fabrication of systems and components. Included, is identifying the source of those failures as quality assurance representatives for evaluation and referral.


The Pipe/CHT shop, whose responsibility is to keep the CHT system operational at all times, maintained a vigilant attention on every problem associated with the sewage system. The shop accumulated over 5,000 trouble calls before and during deployment. The shop completed major overhauls to all 4 CHT Eddy pumps. After analyzing costs of seal cartridge replacements and frequency, the decision was made to seek out possible causes of advanced wear. It was found that the seal to shaft tolerances were outside of the limits, Pipe shop sleeved the pump casings and performed a weld buildup and machining of the shaft to bring tolerances within specification.


Pipe shop/CHT personnel completed the rebuild of 24 fire main pressure reducing stations to incorporate ceramic seats and Teflon body assemblies. This 100 percent rebuild of all reducers on Lincoln enabled an excellent grade on the recent INSURV. Because of Lincoln's commitment to improve the life of reducer it was picked to be the test platform for NAVSEA studies. Their ability to rebuild their own reducing stations also reduces the costs from $3,700.00 to only $460.00. The Pipe/CHT shop also replaced 10 mercury type float switches while underway in order to restore the CHT system to full automatic operation. In order to save costly man-hours and materials, Pipe shop designed a program of stringent qualifications and Operational Risk Management (ORM) to allow Lincoln to perform DEPOT Level Hydro blasting Processes.


This process has saved over $500,000.00 annually, and enhanced the working operation of numerous piping systems onboard to include forward and aft sculleries, galleys, and all drainage systems in ALRE spaces frequently clogged by grease and non-skid. The design of the ORM briefs for CHT Sensor Change out, Hydro blasting and CHT maintenance has effectively reduced occupational injuries and made aware the hazards associated with CHT maintenance. Pipe shop currently maintains 8 qualified Brazers to support the fabrication, installation and corrective maintenance on all brazed shipboard-piping systems.


The Ship fitter, Sheet metal, and Weld shop is the work horse of Repair Division with regards to self-help space improvement projects, welding on critical piping systems, hull structures and pump shaft repairs. The weld shop has completed over 1250 ships force and DEPOT level maintenance actions. The shop is directly responsible for the completion of CASREP repairs to Catapult #3 launch valve hydraulic piping assembly during Operation Northern Edge, the piping was improperly targeted during PIA 2001, and had become severely sprung to the extent that new pipe had to be flown out and welded in place.


During deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Catapults #2 and #3 developed leaks due to in service wear and corrosion of a 2 inch trough heating drain. Both Catapults were taken down and repairs were made with the help of the Machine Shop manufacturing all of the parts in accordance with ASME standards. During in port upkeep maintenance availability in Perth, Australia the Weld shop performed CASREP repairs to Catapult #1 accumulator drain piping, normally performed at DEPOT level, they were able to install a 3 inch long radius elbow using permanent backing rings within 12 hours of receiving the part. Weld shop personnel replaced a welded backstop on Aircraft Electrical Service Station #2 ballistic hatch.


The hatch is manufactured form High Yield Carbon Steel and requires stringent welding controls and qualifications to maintain its brittle fracture limitations as a primary flight deck structure. In accordance with a new Xerox contract for the replacement of all photocopiers on the ship, the weld shop manufactured and installed all mounting hardware to permanently install the copiers and ensure compliance with all warranty requirements. The Machine shop recently designed and manufactured two lockers for over 700 pounds of weight lifting and aerobic equipment needed for the new fitness and weight loss programs sponsored by the ships MWR office. The Machine shop is an MA level facility that has the ability to manufacture parts allowed by specifications. They have completed over 450 ships force and DEPOT level maintenance actions. Included is the manufacture of many Non-Safety of Flight parts for various aircraft and support equipment throughout the ship, battle group, and Carrier Air wing squadrons.


From manufacturing a part from raw materials to detailed repairs of critical and vital pieces or components for the Reactor, Engineering, Air, Weapons and Deck departments, the Machine shop's ability to turn out a quality product is a cornerstone in supporting the material condition of the ship. The Machine shop was instrumental in the manufacture of a salt water booster pump motor shaft for #2 Emergency Diesel, as well as several other pump shafts to include a JP-5 transfer pump shaft, and the manufacture of 3 separate shafts for aircraft elevator #1 stanchion bank. Their ability to work with precise tolerances is phenomenal, after machining wearing rings for a dirty water pump on 3 separate occasions, the Machine shop supervisor had the entire pump assembly rigged into the machine shop to troubleshoot why the pump continually seized in place.


After exhausting attempts at balancing and truing the pump casing and mounts, it was found that the pump was actually misaligned with the motor. The Machine shop dismantled the entire assembly and brought all tolerances within specifications, then successfully reassembled the pump and motor. During a maintenance availability in Perth, Australia, the Machine shop assisted a DEPOT repair team that was flown in from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the rebuild and replacement of components of #4 Main Engine Attached Lube Oil Pump. Without the services of the Machine shop, the DEPOT level repairs would not have been successful, and the Main Engine would not have been restored to full operational capability.


The Engraving shop performed over 3,600 engraving requests for the ship as well as supporting other commands in the battle group. Their expertise ranges anywhere from nametags and nameplates for plaques to operating instructions for equipment and signs for passageways and doors. In particular, the shop provided extensive support in preparation for the NEY inspection and Lincoln winning the NEY competition.


The Carpenter shop is responsible for mass-producing wooden plaques modeled after Lincoln, as well as many other fine wood products including shadow boxes, photo boards, picture frames, and podiums. They have completed over 100 ships force and DEPOT level maintenance actions. They are responsible for the fine woodwork on both the Captains Gig, and the Admirals Gig. The day-today operations in the shop are usually of high visibility, and require a level of quality exceeding standards.


The Locksmith shop is comprised of two highly trained and motivated Machinery Repairmen who have been hand selected to attend civilian schools to learn the art of locksmithing. They have completed over 800 ships force level maintenance actions. They have specialized training in various types of lock mechanisms to include armored locks, security containers, GSA approved locking devices, and CIPHER electronic locking mechanisms. The locksmiths have a unique specialty in the field of safe combination cracking and disarming. They have been trained and given the tools to disable and disarm any safe or secured container in the U.S. Government.


The Repair Officer and Leading Chief Petty Officer implemented a daily program to personally inspect all 103 heads onboard Abraham Lincoln to address and correct significant quality of life issues. This program ensures proper operation and service of the CHT system, 470 sinks, 193 urinals, 399 water closets and 334 showers on board the ship. They were also able to identify a systematic removal of urinals while identifying which ones were inoperative and in need of removal.


Repair Division takes exceptional pride in personally recognizing it's most valuable asset, Repair Personnel. Divisional personnel received the following awards throughout calendar year 2002: 2 NC's, 5 NAM's, and 22 FLAG LOC's.


Additionally and most notably was the qualification achievement rate established by the Repair division.


*EAWS - 5

*ESWS - 9

*3-M - 100 percent

*DC - 95 percent through 3 13

*DCSSP - 100 percent

*DCWS - 100 percent of those eligible


HTC Cook has developed a curriculum and an extensive training program for the division that facilitates learning on the job as well as reinforcing the required theory and shop mathematics.


He constantly challenges his workforce with complex practical training that they can apply towards most of the quality projects they produce. This has proven effective in dramatically enhancing the advancement for junior sailors.


Total number of advancements this year: E-6 (I), E-5 (9), E-4 (20).


The welders and brazers maintain a rigorous qualification and training program, which includes special qualifications across a myriad of materials and processes. It is our goal to maintain the highest standards of welding and inspection capability. Repair division maintains 9 coded welders 8 brazers and 2 non-destructive test inspectors certified in every process available to the Navy.




The year 2002 brought forth many new challenges for the personnel of Maintenance Division in support of Abraham Lincoln’s mission readiness. The division provided technical and logistic support during the final stages of the 2001 PIA that led to a successful certification and qualification period, followed by “WestPac 2002.


The ship's 3M work center was instrumental in the administration of the ship's maintenance plan. Below are some of the work center's specific initiatives and accomplishments:


1. Implemented a shipwide Cross-departmental 3M assessment program for 17 departments and 162 individual work centers in an effort to maintain our current outstanding material readiness status.


2. Facilitated professional command indoctrination training to over 1900 newly reporting junior and senior personnel.


3. Documented over 129,200 PMS checks shipwide, not including Damage Control equipment maintenance checks.


4. Reviewed and uplined 43,749 Work Candidates.


5. Transitioned from NTCSS Version "Grape" to "Birch", improving system performance and allowing the ship to use enhanced procedures for trouble calls and ordering supplies.


6. Successfully implemented the ordering of all parts (repair and consumable) through OMMS-NG, the first Pacific Fleet ship to do so.


7. Worked closely with Maintenance Manager in the populating and screening of work candidates to various availabilities for the upcoming DPIA.


8. Completed Combat Readiness Inspections, the ship's tailored version of 3M Zone Inspections, on over 2600 spaces.


9. Processed 97 Customer Feedback files from CNAP into OMMS-NG.


10. Processed 35 ASI's (Automated).


Maintenance Support Center (MSC) continued to build on its reputation as the "Best MSC in the Pacific". The year started with MSC receiving an itemized list from COMNAVAIRPAC of over 3800 configuration changes that were never entered into the OMMS-NG database during PIA-01. MSC personnel validated these items and researched all APLIAEL's for supporting information. This data was entered into the system more than one month ahead of TYCOM's estimated timeframe. Over 14,000 other database entries and corrections were made throughout the year as a result of shipboard validations.


MSC also incorporated 1200 new ship's configuration drawings and 9000 changes to existing drawings on file. 800 new technical manuals, including 1400 changes to existing manuals, were added as a direct result of PIA-01. 3000 new manuals and changes were also ordered and incorporated as these discrepancies were identified.


The ship's Quality Assurance office upheld its task of promulgating and upholding the standards of fleet maintenance. They processed 88 Controlled Work Packages on reactor, propulsion, and various other systems including aircraft catapults, JP-5, and 02N2 production systems. This included the opening, closing, and testing reviews for technical accuracy and compliance with all specifications. Other accomplishments include:


-- implementing an audit and surveillance program to monitor in-process controlled work, ensuring that quality maintenance was being performed at all times.


-- increased the confidence of all welding brazing completed by training, testing, and certifying all NDT inspectors, welders, and brazers on board.




The Legal Department experienced considerable personnel changes in 2002. There was almost a complete turnover in the legal office this year with ENS Marvin Boone reporting aboard as the Assistant Command Judge Advocate in March, LNC Roger Otte reporting aboard in January as Leading Chief Petty Officer, and LN1 Stanley Ivey and LN2 Nefertiti Horton reporting aboard in June. PNl Marla Matt was assigned to the Legal Department in April 2002 to assist Legal Department with tracking Abe's UA Deserter personnel.


The Legal Department managed a significant military justice caseload during the “WestPacDeployment and Inter-Deployment Training Cycle. The department spearheaded a robust command disciplinary program, maintaining good order and discipline through the expeditious processing of more than 800 report chits, 8 Special Courts-Martial, 20 Summary Courts-Martial, and 100 administrative separations.

The Command Judge Advocate provided Legal Assistance counseling to over 250 crewmembers, and with the assistance of NLSO Northwest attorneys, provided estate planning documents including wills, living wills, medical care directives and durable powers of attorney to over 200 crewmembers, saving hundred of dollars for each client in legal fees.


Under the leadership and guidance of the Command Judge Advocate, the Legal Department spearheaded a shipwide predeployment legal readiness program, providing over 3,500 wills and powers of attorney to the crew and their families.


Through its commitment to legal service excellence, the Legal Department actively recruited and registered more than 200 voters at biweekly command indoctrination. Additionally, the Legal Department assisted in administering expert legal services to Abraham Lincoln and embarked AIRWING Sailors, providing notaries, powers-of-attorneys and naturalization and immigration documents. Finally, an aggressive Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with Electronic Filing (ELF) capacity was established to aid crewmembers in filing 2001 federal and state income taxes, saving Sailors thousands of dollars in filing expenses.




The Medical Department welcomed aboard a new senior medical officer, ship's surgeon, general medical officer, physical therapist, psychologist, two independent duty corpsmen, eight new HMs and three new squadron corpsmen attached to Carrier Air Group 14. Nine thousand, four hundred and seventy-six patients were seen during sick call. Smoking cessation classes were given to over 120 personnel and nutrition classes were given for 70 personnel. The surgeon performed 42 inpatient surgeries and 298 outpatient surgeries.


There were 23 medical evacuations for further treatment, including one bacterial meningitis, two personnel treated for falling overboard, 78 admissions and over 100 medical emergencies. The medical emergencies included five personnel treated for head injuries from running through passageways one which was medevaced for possible spinal cord injury, one crewmember falling off of an aircraft and one falling from scaffolding when an aircraft was improperly tied down.


There were seven cases of dehydration during manning the rails evolutions accounting for three medical emergencies. We had 64 medical evacuations to the ship from other ships in the battle group. Physical Therapy saw 1,822 patients for various musculoskeletal ailments/injuries. The Pharmacy filled 23,448 prescriptions and the Laboratory performed 25,658 studies. Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Department consulted 636 patients. Psychology was at their highest ever evaluating and treating 2450 patients from the ship and the Battle Group.


The ship and Battle Group had 950 pairs of glasses and over 400 gas mask inserts made, also completing 74 PKP screenings, 573 eye exams, and 32 foreign body removals. During Birth Month Recall 2,546 ship's company were seen for an update of immunizations and scheduled for periodic examinations. The ship's Walking Blood Bank is being maintained at 357. Over 1,876 Physical Exams were completed. Preventive Medicine was extremely busy inspecting the ship and food stores. They also saw 5,700 patients for various programs and completed 23 Food Service Attendant courses.


The Department had four HMs promoted to the next higher pay grade and two HMs were selected for Chief Petty Officer. 18 qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare, one person qualified Enlisted Air Warfare, 12 qualified Air Warfare as a second warfare, three requalified ESWS and five officers qualified SWMDO. The Medical Department had the Ship and Battle Group Senior Sailor of the Quarter for 4" quarter 2002.



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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)


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