Ninth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, on her ninth Indian Ocean deployment during which time ships and aircraft from Carrier Strike Group 9 and the Republic of Singapore Navy will conduct a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) while underway near Singapore, her 1st Gulf of Oman deployment in support of Exercise Khunjar Haad, consisting of air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency, a four-day multinational exercise, on her seventh Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment), where she will relieved USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) operating in the Persian Gulf in support of her 2nd 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 and her 1st Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect off shore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her second North Arabian Sea in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 (13 March to 12 October 2008).

Chapter XXII (13 March to 12 October 2008)

Part I of III - 13 March to 27 May 2008

Part II of III - 28 May to 11 October 2008

Part III of III - 12 October 2008


Ninth “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XXII, 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 XXII, Appendix I



Lincoln MWR Offers Added Excitement in Singapore


“From wild nights at a safari to fun-filled days exploring Singapore, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department arranged everything necessary for a good time during the ship's port visit from 16 to 20 April 2008. During Abraham Lincoln's first port visit of its Western Pacific deployment Sailors had the opportunity to enjoy the various sights of Singapore through tours coordinated by MWR. Lt. Calvin Cunningham, material control officer for Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 47 "Saberhawks" enjoyed the Night Safari tour. "My favorite part of the evening was the fire dancers," Cunningham said, "especially the part where they would bring up someone from the audience to help them perform."

A tribal dance group from the Borneo rainforests known as the Thumbuakar Tribal Dance Group put on an display of acrobatics, blow pipe demonstrations and fire-eating displays. Among other attractions available at the night safari, Sailors were able to attend the creatures of the night exhibit and have their pictures taken with exotic animals. Guests were also able to ride the tram and have a guided tour through the park or head out on their own on the walking trails to get a closer look. For Sailors looking for something different, a bird's eye view of Singapore's countryside was offered.

Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) 1st Class Tanya McCarlson,
Abraham Lincoln's Weapon's Department, said her favorite tour was the Singapore Flyer, a 165-meter Ferris wheel that overlooks Singapore, because she wanted to try something new. "I've gone up into the Statue of Liberty and things like that, but I've never been on a Ferris wheel where you get to stand in a little compartment, walk around, and look out to see three or four other countries over the ocean," McCarlson said. "It was very relaxing inside those little compartments. It was air conditioned, they had music, and you were with a bunch of other people.


They sit about eight people per car. You get to sit and talk with people, and take pictures of each other for about half an hour." While many enjoyed big attractions like the flyer, Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Micky Stump, a calibration lab technician aboard Abraham Lincoln also enjoyed the experience of learning about Singapore's many cultures during the day long, Four Cultures tour.


"My favorite part was going to Arab Street and Chinatown to check out the shops and going to the market places," said Stump. "I liked the mosques, they were incredible.


The artwork inside, the details, the massiveness of the building itself made it seem very imposing." Many Sailors, including Stump, found it easy to find keepsakes to send to their loved ones. "The Chinatown and Arab Street portion of the tour provided all my souvenirs," Stump said. "It really helped to have someone show you where to go and our tour guide was informative on where to get the best deals." The tour provided McCarlson a view of Singapore not often seen.


"Seeing one of the new temples in Chinatown being built is something I liked to watch," McCarlson said. "We always see the old mosques and old temples that were built, but they were just building a new one and it was being built in the old style of ancient China. It was kind of cool to see a brand new building being built in this era that way." Stump noted one of the highlights for many Sailors on the Four Cultures tour. "Watching people learn how to eat with chopsticks was funny.


Some had to use both hands, it was pretty entertaining." The tour gave Sailors like Stump a taste of the many cultures of Singapore. "I suggest, in the future, more people go on these MWR tours," Stump said. "There were a lot of places I would've never thought to go if I hadn't been on a tour” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080422-01 - Release Date: 4/22/2008 9:38:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SINGAPORE (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Give Back to Singapore


“More than 170 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gave back to the Singapore community during community relations events while in port from 16 to 20 April 2008. Lincoln's religious ministries department coordinated nine projects for the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and six of those projects were for Abraham Lincoln and its crew. From gardening and cleaning up to spending time with senior citizens, Sailors spent some of their liberty leaving a lasting impression. "COMREL (community relations) is important because it leaves a positive difference in the communities we visit," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist (SW) Ronald Roberts, leading chief petty officer for Abraham Lincoln's religious ministries department.


"It's also important because it provides an opportunity for Sailors to participate in an event that is personally rewarding, which ultimately enhances their deployment experience." Abraham Lincoln Sailors assisted Singaporeans at the Riding for the Disabled Center (RDA) by re-leveling the riding arena. According to Roberts, RDA is an organization that provides horse-riding therapy for disabled children. It is a no-cost service for all disabled children. "Our team shoveled sand into wheelbarrows and distributed it throughout the arena; then we used rakes and hoes to level the area," Roberts said. Roberts added that many participants said they enjoyed being able to give back to the community through their efforts.


"The best part is knowing that we are helping to enhance this organization's ability to provide such a worthwhile service to all the disabled children throughout Singapore," Roberts said. Another group of volunteers helped clean up one of Sentosa Island's beaches by picking up garbage and debris that washed up onto the shore. Participants picked up plastic bottles, fishing line, trash and fallen leaves. "You're giving something back," said Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Jerome Faluk, the beach cleanup community relations organizer. "Singapore is so gracious in letting us come over and enjoy great liberty here. We're just giving a little something back, which builds friendships and partnerships. It's outstanding to be able to do something like this."

Abraham Lincoln Sailors arrived at the Salvation Army's Peacehaven to spend some quality time with disabled senior citizens. Members from Abraham Lincoln's full gospel choir sang "Amazing Grace" and other songs while volunteers spent some one-on-one time with the elderly residents. "This COMREL was simply about sharing some of our culture and personalities with a group of elderly people...," said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Sean Schreiber. The Abraham Lincoln port visit to Singapore is part of a their current deployment as they transit to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080424-05 - Release Date: 4/24/2008 11:29:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SINGAPORE (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Help Beautify Singaporean School


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors contributed to U.S. Navy tradition and helped beautify a school with gardening and landscaping during a port visit from 16 to 20 April 2008, in Changi Naval Base, Singapore. Deep in the heart of Singapore, far from the bustling night life and shopping centers, lies the Archdiocesan Commission for Migrant & Itinerant People, or ACMI, a school that provides livelihood skills training to more than 200 men, women, and children from Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka. During the port visit Abraham Lincoln Sailors went to ACMI to help beautify a school building.


They gardened, pulled weeds, trimmed hedges and moved heavy rocks and old furniture. "I feel good. I do yard work back home. It's fun to get a little sweat going," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Eric Szabo, of air department's V-2 Division. "It helps build relations between the countries. That's why I'm doing it. It's the first time I've done it. I'll remember this for a long time." The U.S. Navy has a long history of repeatedly coming back to ACMI and helping out. Numerous carrier strike groups have passed through here and have left their mark on the building's infrastructure.

"The Navy started doing work here about seven to eight years ago. Whatever you see here is actually the work of previous ships that came here, and helped out, and did some volunteer work," said ACMI project manager, Fabian Anthony. Anthony said in one year the school has about four to five visits from the U.S. Navy. In the past, the Navy has painted the school and cleared clogged drains, which eliminated the school's mosquito problem. "I feel very touched, because before the guys actually give their names to volunteer they know what is expected, what has to be done. They really enjoy what they do here.


I suppose it's a bit of therapy for them, because being at sea for so many months, they like to get in touch with nature. They smile, and they sing, and they dance while they are doing it. They enjoy themselves here," Anthony said. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) Airman Kevin Vavreck, of Abraham Lincoln's V-1 Division, also participated in the community relations project. "I felt like I should come out and help the community, do something, other than walk around and do tours," Vavreck said.

Anthony said the school sees the Navy as a unified group that works together to do community work and help with self-improvement.

"It shows the country a different side of us, they see that we want to help. I'll just always remember that I did help out," Vavreck said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080424-04 - Release Date: 4/24/2008 11:28:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class R.J. Moraida, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SINGAPORE (NNS)).


Lincoln Celebrates Day of Prayer


“Seven weeks into their seven-month deployment, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors made time to celebrate the National Day of Prayer by gathering together on 1 May 2008, for a special breakfast on the forward mess decks.

As people across America celebrated a National Day of Prayer to commemorate unity in belief and spirit, so did Sailors aboard ships halfway around the world in the
Persian Gulf.


With nearly 100 personnel attending, Abraham Lincoln's Full Gospel Choir sang songs of hope and freedom. Abraham Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall kicked off the commemoration by offering a few words on the history of the day and some encouraging thoughts.

"From our nation's humble beginnings, prayer has guided our leaders and played a vital role in the life and the history of the United States of America. Many different faiths share the profound conviction that God listens to the voice of His children and pours His grace upon those who seek Him in prayer," Hall said, adding, "I think this is an important event you can remember for the rest of deployment, even for the rest of your life."

Headlining the prayer breakfast was guest speaker Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Rear Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, who reminded Lincoln's crew of the impact that this day has on America. "Prayer still is at the forefront of our country's emergence and where we find ourselves today," Van Buskirk said. "The power of faith, the power of prayer, and the power of words should never be underestimated."

The ceremony continued with songs of devotion by the Full Gospel Choir and Chief Electrician's Mate (SW) Marvin Quiambao's acoustic guitar. Sailors demonstrated their own faith by joining in and also offering up words of personal prayer.

After a short video presentation, showcasing a few of the things Sailors pray for, Van Buskirk closed the morning's gathering with a stirring vision.

"Wouldn't it be great if the National Day of Prayer was without boundaries and if it were a global day of prayer instead," Van Buskirk said. "Now that would be a harbinger for progress"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080506-03 - Release Date: 5/6/2008 9:52:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean Gallagher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).


USS Curts, Pakistani Navy Participate in Officer Exchange Program


“Officers from USS Curts (FFG-38) and the Pakistani Navy participated in a personnel exchange as part of Exercise Inspired Union that occurred in the North Arabian Sea from 11 to 21 May 2008. This exchange allowed junior officers to experience life first hand and discover the cultural and professional differences on board various Pakistani and U.S. ships.

"I wasn't sure what to expect during my stay on the Pakistani ship before I went," said Ensign Patrick Moore, who spent five days aboard PNS
Badr (D-184). "It was very interesting to see the Pakistani Navy at work and I enjoyed it very much. It's always easier to work together when you've spent some time getting to know your counterparts in other navies."

The U.S. and Pakistani bilateral exercise included training scenarios ranging from visit, board, search and seizure, to anti-submarine warfare and air defense and strengthened the ability of U.S. personnel to work more coherently with Pakistani forces.

"Inspired Union helped
Curts' Sailors to understand the culture of this country," said Cmdr. Yvette Davids, Curts commanding officer. "When we understand our coalition partners better, we're that much better at integrating forces and completing operations. We've definitely formed relationships with the Pakistani navy and developed a cohesive working relationship." Curts made two port visits to Pakistan as part of the exercise and was the first U.S. ship to visit Karachi since September 2006.

"Being in the country of Pakistan as well as being able to interact with their navy first hand was a great experience for everyone involved," said Storekeeper 2nd Class Jason Matteson. Pakistani forces including PNS
Badr (D-184), PNS Shahjahan (D-186), PNS Nasr (A-47) and Pakistan Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal participated in the bilateral exercise along with Sailors from Curts, USS Ross (DDG-71) and members of Destroyer Squadron 50 and Combined Task Forces 54, 55 and 57.

Curts, homeported in San Diego, is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and is on deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct Maritime Security Operations, which are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity.

These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attach or to transport personnel, weapons or other material” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080602-12 - Release Date: 6/2/2008 3:01:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Bryan Boggs, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs - USS CURTS, At Sea (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailor, Native Hawaiian, Teaches Hula to Shipmates


As reported on 28 May 2008, “a USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor and native Hawaiian teaches hula to shipmates in preparation of the ship's celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month on 5 June 2008. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW/SW) Michell Kalima-Marion, a native Hawaiian from the Big Island of Hawaii and assigned to Air Department's V-3 Division aboard Abraham Lincoln, sees her Hawaiian heritage as an inspiration to carry on her daily life while deployed aboard Lincoln in the Persian Gulf.

Movies in Hollywood have portrayed the hula as exaggerated hip-swaying girls in grass skirts, coconut bras and colorful plastic leis. Many Hawaiians contend this is not a true representation of the native dance. And, Hawaiians, whether they are enforcing maritime security operations in the
Persian Gulf or serving as goodwill ambassadors in Asia, or fighting terrorism in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, are spreading the spirit of the dance. Marion volunteers two hours of her time every night teaching hula to other Sailors.

"The pride and respect for my Hawaiian culture is within me deep to my core," said Marion, who left Hawaii for the first time 17 years ago to join the Navy. "I am proud to say that I am Hawaiian and everything I can offer to those around me, I will. Even if it means to share with those willing to learn the hula; my culture is a blessing that many take for granted. I'm as motivated to helping carry out the ship's mission as sharing my culture."

Marion hopes that when she and her students put on their dancing costumes and step on stage next week, to commemorate
Lincoln's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the audience will develop a better understanding of her culture. "There's more meaning to dancing the hula," Marion said. "The dance interprets the movement of nature like rainbows, mountains and palm trees.


The dancer has to reflect that she is part of a nature's movement and her spirit should be swaying if she's interpreting a palm tree, or high if she's interpreting a mountain."

Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Briana Bruno admires the native Hawaiian dance form and is excited to have signed up for lessons. "It's a dance that allows anyone of any shape, race or ethnicity to learn," Marion said. "Everyone's invited to learn it."

A two-hour celebration June 5 on the ship will feature other cultural dances, and include an Asian and Pacific Islander meal and a cake-cutting ceremony” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080528-03 - Release Date: 5/28/2008 4:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage


“A USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) chief petty officer served as guest speaker for June 5, 2008 Asian-Pacific American heritage celebration. The celebration included dance and songs from Asian and Pacific islands, which Lincoln Sailors rehearsed for more than one month. As an Asian-American growing up in the South, Chief Aviation Electronic Technician (AW/SW) Lawrence Foster sought out his Asian roots from his mother, a native of Kyoto, Japan.


"As a young child, my mother pushed me extremely hard to succeed in life and to be proud of my Japanese ancestry," Foster told the hundreds of Lincoln Sailors in attendance. Foster noted that this was his first-ever Asian-Pacific American heritage event in his 19-year career in the Navy. "I am glad to be a part of this celebration." A cake-cutting ceremony on the Lincoln forward mess decks kicked off the celebration and a special dinner of Asian cuisine dishes including lumpia, roast pig and yakisoba, among others.


In Hangar Bay 2, Sailors had the chance to explore Asian-Pacific American heritage with martial arts demonstration, and song and dance exhibitions from Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii and the Philippines. The show also featured photos all the performers as well as their family members back home. Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW) Sonya Bejines, assigned to Reactor Mechanical division was one of the performers. She said group members have logged in more than 50 rehearsal hours for nine performances.


"That's how strongly we feel about supporting the event," Bejines said. "I was able to meet new people and share with them not only the beauty that surrounds this culture, but the bonds that are created. This is one of the most fulfilling experiences [I've had] since I've been on board. I encourage everyone to partake into our fellow [Sailor's] cultures, and discover the beauty and mystery of each."

Their repertoire consisted of a bamboo dance called tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines; the Sasa, a playful or flirtatious dance from Samoa; the Haka, a dance with aggressive movement that draws on Maori and Fijian culture; and a graceful hula dance with live music. Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) (AW/SW) Glenn Apacible, a member of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Council and
Lincoln's Heritage Council, shared his heritage with other Sailors.


He explained event was a unique opportunity to not only share the cultural offerings for those of Asian-Pacific heritage, but also to honor the accomplishments that Asian-Pacific Americans have made in America's history. "As an Asian American, I am extremely pleased with the Navy's recognition and celebration of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.


This type of recognition is not only befitting but a genuine acknowledgement of the countless contributions of the Asian-Pacific Americans in shaping this great nation and in making what America is like today. On the other hand, I view the celebration as another way of conveying to the American people the significance and benefits of living in a well-diversified society."


This year's Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month theme, "Pursuing Excellence Through Leadership, Diversity and Harmony," recognizes the achievements Asian-Pacific Americans have made in defending the nation as U.S. service members and their contribution in shaping America's identity” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080618-09 - Release Date: 6/18/2008 1:45:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs  - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS)).


Lincoln Quartermaster Lends Expertise


“On loan from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a quartermaster (QM) returned from a two-month additional duty assignment to USS Shoup (DDG-86) to assist the guided-missile destroyer on 7 June 2008. Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice Keren Figueroa of Lincoln's Navigation Department was selected for a temporary assigned duty (TAD) aboard Shoup and assisted the ship and obtained in-rate qualification training. While Lincoln is supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf during her seven-month deployment, the carrier sometimes sends Sailors on temporary duty to other strike group ships in need of assistance. As a quartermaster, Figueroa's duties include navigating the ship, as well as the maintenance, correction and preparation of nautical charts. She is also responsible for navigational instruments, clocks and the training of ship's lookouts.

"While on was I on the destroyer, I acquired most of my basic qualifications that I need before I can be a qualified quartermaster," Figueroa said. "My main goal was to become well-rounded in all areas of my rate, so when I returned to
Lincoln, I could help out my [Navigation] division with tasks such as chart corrections and even help teach my fellow QMs some new 'tricks of the trade' that I have learned." Senior Chief Quartermaster (SW) Dex Watson, leading chief petty officer of Lincoln's Navigation Department, explained Figueroa was selected to go to Shoup to provide QM rating assistance. "USS Shoup is undermanned in several rating areas and quartermaster is one of the ratings needing help," Watson said. Watson said life on a naval destroyer is much different than daily life on an aircraft carrier. "Life aboard other ships as a QM is much faster paced because of the low number of QMs and their requirement to be engaged command-wide," Watson said.


"Lincoln has sent a vast majority of QMs TAD to assist other ships in order to gain additional experience." Figueroa noted how different naval ships operate and accomplish tasks. "Being on a small ship definitely makes it a lot easier to learn skills in my rate because I stand so many watches and everyone is so willing to help you out," Figueroa said. Aboard Shoup, teamwork is crucial, Figueroa explained. "When we set the navigation detail on Shoup, we do not just have quartermasters as bearing takers, we have hospital corpsmen and Navy counselors helping out," Figueroa said. "When we have [underway replenishments], it is an all-hands working party. On the Shoup, you have chiefs and officers helping out with stores and moving supplies about the ship," Figueroa said.


Figueroa enlisted in Navy under the National Call to Service (NCS) program, a two-year enlistment program. "I am NCS, so my short time in the Navy would have not allowed me such an awesome opportunity if it wasn't for Senior Chief Watson sending me here," Figueroa said. "I have found some of the most motivated Sailors here aboard USS Shoup, and the experience has definitely been rewarding and humbling. It's one experience that I will take with me." Shoup is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support MSO” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080610-10 - Release Date: 6/10/2008 2:05:00 PM - By Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Ashley Houp, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS)).


Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Carly Hardin, assigned to Health Services Department, assists Lt. Cmdr. Lewis Diulus, ship's surgeon, during a hernia repair surgery.


080603-N-5617R-062 - PERSIAN GULF (June 3, 2008) - Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Carly Hardin, assigned to Health Services Department, assists Lt. Cmdr. Lewis Diulus, ship's surgeon, during a hernia repair surgery in the operating room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo (Released)


Lincoln Surgeon Critical on Deployment


As reported on 9 June 2008, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Health Services Department's general surgeon has completed 80 surgical operations since the beginning of deployment and 168 since he reported for duty on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. "My main job here is to assist in case of surgical emergencies," said Lt. Cmdr. Lewis Diulus, Lincoln's surgeon general. "In situations here in the ship, the common surgical emergency that usually happens is an appendicitis. So, what we do is perform the surgery and remove the appendix when it occurs.


They don't have to transfer the patient off the ship, we are always ready and we make sure the patient that needs surgery is taking care of. We are here to save that person's life." Diulus, who reported aboard Lincoln in July 2007, said the department also needs to be prepared for trauma. Being on a big ship like the Lincoln, there is a lot of opportunity for trauma to occur, he said. The Medical Department also addresses less-traumatic concerns. "Anyone who has lumps and bumps in their arm, neck and back, we can remove it for them," Diulus said.


 "Whether it's a cyst or mole I would take those out. I've probably done almost 100 of those cases." Diulus noted that working in a hospital is more stressful compared with a ship. In a hospital, 80 hours must be completed each week. He explained when he began his medical career, he worked 110 hours a week during his first few years of residency in a hospital. "I would say that my job here is more laid back; it's more relaxed," Diulus said.


"There are major differences working in a hospital and a ship. We have limitations of what we can do in a ship as far as equipment, personnel and other support systems like radiology and pathology." "Being here on board doesn't limit the surgery that I can do," Diulus said. "It limits the way I can do certain surgeries." Other surgical cases that Diulus has performed include hernia repair, vasectomy, colonoscopy. "Having a surgeon on board helps keep the ship in a readiness condition," Diulus said.


"If someone needs to have emergency surgery, we can take care of it here rather than send the patient off the ship. This is just one more way to keep the ship mission ready." Being on a ship also has a timely advantage; Sailors don't need to wait long to be scheduled for surgery compared with shore hospitals that have long waiting lists for surgical procedures.


"I enjoy being able to help Sailors get simple procedures done; it would probably be more challenging for them to get it done when they're on shore," Diulus said. "Performing surgery is a team work effort, I need a corpsman and nurse anesthetist to get the job done."


Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080609-04 - Release Date: 6/9/2008 10:08:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD, (NNS)).


Destroyer Momsen Celebrates Independence Day


As reported on 12 July 2008, “Sailors aboard USS Momsen (DDG-92) celebrated on 4 July 2008 with a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony and prize giveaways. Independence Day coincided with Momsen's Half-way Day Celebration, marking the mid-point of the ship's seven-month deployment. The celebration commenced with the Declaration of Independence skit, performed by 10 Momsen Sailors. These actors not only donned white scarves neatly tucked into their Navy all-weather coats, but they also used makeup and other props to create the appearance of the nation's forefathers during the late 1700s.

"The skit was a great chance for us to show our enthusiasm and appreciation for our country's dream of Freedom," said Lt. Allison Berg,
Momsen morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) officer. "It also was a nice way to kick off Momsen's Independence and Half-Way Day celebration." The opening scene started with a background narrative delivered by Hull Technician 1st Class (SW) John Parkin. "With conviction and poise, each actor recited a portion of the Declaration of Independence. Some Sailors even recited their lines from memory. Their energy and passion reflected the spirit of colonies in their quest for independence," said one on board.

Following the historical presentation, the crew enjoyed a delicious "independence cake." That was not the only treat, however. Throughout the day,
MWR gave away valuable prizes, announcing the names via loudspeaker. Prizes included several phone cards, IPODs, portable DVD players, portable gaming systems, designer watches, handbags and digital cameras. The commanding officer then drew the grand prizes, including 16 liberty chits along with two-week parking permits in the executive officers's parking spot, located directy in front of the ship. In port Everett, Sailors normally walk almost 30 minutes from their designated parking lot to the ship. In total, 46 Sailors received gifts, including Information Technician 1st Class (SW) Tina Cain. "Receiving a prize is always a great thing.

I think MWR is doing an awesome job, keeping the morale of all the Sailors on board high during our long deployment," Cain said. The celebration concluded with an officer auction. Many junior officers were loaned to the highest bidder in return for a few hours of chore work. The auction raised more than $5,800.00, which will fund Momsen's upcoming holiday party in December, said Momsen Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Sparks. "The Fourth of July provides Sailors an opportunity to celebrate the freedom that their service protects," Sparks said. "The MWR teams did a great job infusing history into the celebration along with fun"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080712-20 - Release Date: 7/12/2008 11:22:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Courtney Thraen, USS Momsen Public Affairs).


Abraham Lincoln Health Services Implements First-Responder Process


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Health Services Department developed a new first-responder process on 8 July 2008 to improve emergency services aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

"Medical emergency, medical emergency" is an announcement Sailors often hear over the 1MC aboard
Abraham Lincoln. For [the] Health Services department this announcement is critical. Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Russell Cole is one of the senior corpsmen who coordinates the medical emergency response teams.


He explained the department developed a new process of responding to medical emergencies to reduce the amount of 1MC announcements in the event of a simple case and not an actual emergency. "We developed a process to send a first responder to the scene," Cole said. "In the past, the entire response team would rush to get to the location. Now, if we receive a phone call saying there's a medical emergency, we send one person to respond to the scene with a radio and response bag, which contains [a] first aid kit used for trauma. He or she will examine the situation and report back to medical if it's a true medical emergency."

Cole explained once they get the report and it's determined an emergency, they call the boatswain's mate of the watch to make the announcement over the 1MC. As the first responder leaves medical, the response team is assembled in the event they need to head to the scene. Each team consists of five corpsmen and one care provider. They bring a trauma bag, airway bag, defibrillator and stretcher if they are called to respond. "It is important to understand how to read tac numbers because that's how we identify and locate the spaces," said Cole.


"Then it's important to know what to do because you'll never know what you're going to walk into. [You] make sure the space is safe, and then check for ABCs [air, breathing and circulation]." Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Amiel Guerrero, a member of the medical response team, carries a first response kit. "When I hear the medical emergency whistle, I drop anything I'm doing," said Guerrero.


"I go to the station, find out the location and grab the gear, then start heading to the location; at the same time, I try to figure out the easiest route." When they call medical emergency away, it's important to get to the location right away, noted Guerrero. They refer to this critical time period as the "golden minute," about 5 to 10 minutes to get to the location.


Guerrero noted the Sailors aboard are cooperative and helpful when a medical emergency is called out. "The ship's role when they call a medical emergency is to stand by and clear the area," said Guerrero. "A lot of times there are shipmates that help us; they direct us to the exact location. Sometimes they would be a stretcher bearer and carry the patient back to medical." Guerrero explained that serving as a member of the medical response team is challenging but rewarding.

"It's a great honor for me to be part of the team," Guerrero said. "It represents being part of something greater than myself, because it's just not me saving my shipmate's life but all of us on the team. I remember what my Hospital Corpsman 'A' School instructor said after my graduation, 'Ours is but a sacred duty'"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080715-10 - Release Date: 7/15/2008 4:52:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Lincoln Sailors Tapped to Join Blue Angels


As reported on 12 July 2008, “two Sailors from the combat-proven "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, embarked with Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), were selected to be a part of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team 2009. Most of the selectees for the Blue Angels team had a background working with the F/A18 Hornet. Aviation Electronics Technician (AW) 2nd Class Meredith A. Ansley and Aviation Machinist's Mate (AW) 2nd Class Zackary J. Gruwell from the "Lancers" were the only selectees from the EA-6B Prowler community. Ansley has been interested in the Blue Angels since she was a child. She spent childhood summers vacationing in Perdido, Fla., close to Naval Air Station Pensacola, where she vividly remembers watching the Blue Angels practice and perform shows. From that moment on, she knew she wanted to work in aviation when she grew up. She reported to the "Lancers" in September 2004 as an airman.


Ansley's selection came at a pivotal time in her career. Before being selected to join the Blue Angels, she was not sure about her future in the Navy. She did not know whether she should stay in. She knew, however, that she wanted to make a difference. After speaking with some senior "Lancers," she learned the Blue Angels were accepting applications for the 2009 Team. With a bit of encouragement from the same "Lancer" leadership, she submited an application package. Ansley learned she was accepted by the Blue Angels May 29 when she received an e-mail from her future Blue Angels leading petty officer (LPO). "I was expecting to find out through an official Navy message," Ansley said. "I had to double-check the e-mail address to make sure it was a certified Blue Angels e-mail address and not from someone on the boat goofing around or pulling my leg." Ansley is re-enlisting to execute her orders and is now eligible for a re-enlistment bonus.


In addition, she is going closer to home to fulfill a high-profile duty in Pensacola. Similar to Ansley, Gruwell also did not know whether he wanted to stay in the Navy or go back home to Lusk, Wyo., to help on the family farm after his tour with the "Lancers." Gruwell discovered through the "Lancer" Plan of the Week that the Blue Angels were accepting applications. Some of the criteria he found were that the applicants must have no non-judicial punishments, no financial problems, no physical fitness assessment failures and no visible tattoos when wearing Summer Whites. He met all requirements, so he decided to fill out the application package. Gruwell found out that he was accepted to the Blue Angels when he got an e-mail from his Blue Angels LPO June 3rd. "I am looking forward to showing people what naval aviation is all about, what the jets can do and making a difference, even in a little way for somebody," Gruwell said” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080715-24 - Release Date: 7/15/2008 10:03:00 PM - By Lt. Christian Dumlao, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Lincoln Makes Retention Honor Roll


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made the retention honor roll for the first time in years on 20 July 2008. This career milestone has set the standard for Lincoln and her crew of more than 5,000 Sailors, as first-term Sailors aboard Lincoln decided to 'Stay Navy,' and re-enlisted. Commands who meet the Navy's quarterly standards for retention and attrition receive the Retention Honor Roll Award. A command must have 48 percent or higher of its first-term Sailors re-enlist.


Lincoln attained 65.6 percent. Lincoln received an honor roll pennant that the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier can fly until the results of next quarter's retention honor roll. "I think that the award itself is fantastic and is a representation of a lot of hard work of the folks on board Abraham Lincoln," said Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AW/SW) Wynn Young of Rogers, Ark., Lincoln's acting command master chief.


"The award is really an indicator of how we're doing as a command and as a Navy in retaining the Sailors that we want to retain." If Lincoln receives retention honors for fourth quarter, fiscal year 2008, the carrier then will then earn the Retention Excellence Award. Winning that award would allow Lincoln to fly the pennant year-round and paint the ship's anchors gold.

"We have achieved a goal that we have been working toward for quite awhile on board
Abraham Lincoln. We have to focus on what we're doing in the next quarter to maintain or improve upon where we are now. We have achieved a goal we were looking for, but we still want to improve and do better." Lincoln's junior Sailors have stayed Navy more today than in the past three years noted Young. Incentives offered by the Navy contributed to this success.


The Navy has an array of incentives that benefit Sailors and make their decision to 'Stay Navy' an easy one, according to Navy Counselor 1st Class Theresa Pierson of Fayetteville, N.C., one of Lincoln's command career counselors. "The number one incentive Abe Sailors are taking advantage of is re-enlisting in a tax-free zone. We encourage Sailors to take advantage of the selective re-enlistment bonus (SRB) entitlement while we are operating in a tax-free zone."


SRB is money paid for a particular rate or Navy enlisted classification code, which Sailors may hold. It's an incentive to re-enlist. Depending on the Navy enlistment classification award level, a Sailor's SRB can range from $5,000 up to $100,000. Lincoln Sailors received more than $1.7 million in SRBs during the third quarter, Pierson noted.


Although hefty re-enlistment bonuses are a draw for some Sailors, others re-enlist for different reasons. "Personally, it was for my daughter. I got a good re-enlistment bonus but that wasn't the deal, it was simply because of my daughter. I know she's taken care of, thanks to the Navy," explained Operations Specialist 2nd Class Kevin Law of Manteca, Calif.. Education benefits also convince Sailors to 'Stay Navy,' like Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Levett Ruffin of Long Beach, Calif., from the supply department.

"I came in and completed my associate degree, on my way to completing a bachelor's degree, so that's one of the main perks for me staying in." Divisional, departmental and command career counselors work each day to help Sailors make the best choices for their Navy careers. "As career counselors, our job is to keep Sailors Navy," Pierson said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080723-02 - Release Date: 7/23/2008 4:25:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Roderick Jessie, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Lincoln Sailors Experience New Zealand Ship


As reported on 3 August 2008, “ten Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) visited the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana (F-111) during a crew exchange.


During their time aboard Te Mana, they were able to tour the ship, enjoy lunch and gain an appreciation of how the New Zealand Navy operates.


“Visiting Te Mana was a great experience,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Zachary Lind, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., assigned to Deck Department’s 1st Division. “This was my first time to cross-deck to another ship, and it was very exciting.”


Leading Electronic Technician Darryl Hanson and Leading Marine Technician Richard Te Nana, were two of the Royal New Zealand Sailors who gave a tour to the visiting Lincoln Sailors.


“I think it’s cool to have other Sailors aboard,” Hanson said. “From my point of view, it’s good to take advantage of the opportunity to visit another Navy’s ship. It’s a good chance to compare and contrast the differences and gives us a chance to talk to other people and see our common interests.”


While aboard Te Mana, Lincoln Sailors explored the engine room, flight deck, sickbay and living spaces.


“I was able to see what other countries have and compare it with what we use on Lincoln; it’s amazing to compare the two ships’ technology side-by-side,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Aaron Frost, a native of Winnemucca, Nev. “I think we should give Sailors a chance more often to cross-deck”” (Ref. Lincoln Sailors Experience New Zealand Ship August 3, 2008 - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN).


Former Olympian, Lincoln Sailor Shares Dreams of Gold


As reported on 9 August 2008, “on the eve of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) learned one of her Sailors, a native of Ghana and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, competed in the 1996 games in Atlanta and the 2000 games in Sydney, which opened up a whole new world for the one-time Olympic sprinter.

In August 1996 Albert Agyemang competed for the Ghana National Team in the Atlanta Summer Olympics in the 200-meter and 400-meter relays. Jump ahead 12 years and Agyemang is a personnel specialist 3rd class assigned to the administrative department aboard Abraham Lincoln.

Agyemang works in personnel division's customer service area, updating records for all of
Lincoln's crew. As a personnel customer service representative, Agyemang uses the same determination and professionalism that got him to the Olympics.

At the age of 16 in 1993, Agyemang, a native of Accra, Ghana, began running competitively, becoming one of the West African country's quickest and most determined runners. During the 1995 African Games, the Ghana National team beat out the superior Nigerian team in a thrilling upset.

"We go [to the African Games] and beat Nigeria, a really good team and the Olympic Committee was so impressed that they moved us to Germany to begin training full-time," Agyemang said.

Qualifying to compete for his home country came by chance. Agyemang's usual race was the 100-meter, but after a poor showing, he didn't qualify. On a whim, Agyemang tried the 200-meter race and made the Olympic qualification time. After failing at the 100-meter, I took a chance at the 200-meter and punched my ticket for Atlanta," Agyemang said.

Agyemang made it to the quarterfinals in Atlanta finishing fifth in the 200-meter race. His relay team made it to the finals in a match against the United States in the 400-meter relay. The Ghana team was disqualified on a misinterpretation of the rules, Agyemang said.

"We were so excited to make it that far and to be going up against the Americans was unbelievable," Agyemang said. "It's a shame that we weren't able to compete on a technicality." Agyemang, whose fastest 200-meter run time was 20.64 seconds, was also invited to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, only making it through preliminary.


In Agyemang's home country of Ghana, sports are not as popular as in the United States. Citizens there believe a man is wasting his time on sports when he could be furthering his education, Agyemang explained. ith that going against him, Agyemang's father pushed him to attain a scholarship in the United States.

"My father read a lot about the United States and it being the land of opportunity," Agyemang said. "He made me promise to pursue the highest education possible." With little chance of earning a scholarship in Ghana, Agyemang wanted to further his education so he took his father's advice.

"My father said, 'Use your legs,'" Agyemang said. He soon earned an athletic scholarship to Southern University in New Orleans, and later transferred to Middle Tennessee State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. After completing four years of school, Agyemang set out to make a life for himself outside of running. He soon married Stella Benson and took a sales job at a retail department store.

"I had finished my bachelor's and was working a standard sales job, making a good living," Agyemang said. Agyemang's decent living was soon over. His company needed to save money, so his hours were cut along with his medical coverage. Now supporting a family, Agyemang needed to make a choice.

"I did research on the U.S. military and realized all the benefits were just what I needed," said Agyemang. The steady income, education, leadership opportunities, medical benefits and travel made the military an easy choice. "Having that peace of mind with a paycheck always being there, I wouldn't have more anxious moments," Agyemang said.

Agyemang joined the Navy in December of 2004 and became a U.S. citizen in February 2005. After completing Personnelman "A" school in Meridan, Miss., Agyemang transferred to Navy Operational Support Center in Avoca, Pa. and later transferred to Lincoln during this deployment.

"The military has given me a lot of paths to choose from, first and foremost education," Agyemang said. "I plan on using the education benefits to fulfill the promise I made to my father"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080809-01 - Release Date: 8/9/2008 5:08:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Blake, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Airman Recognized as CCSG's BJOQ


As reported on 13 August 2008, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 announced the Bluejacket of the Quarter (BJOQ) for second quarter, 2008.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AW/SW) Jason Rowe, a native of Niceville, Fla. was selected as BJOQ.

"I did a lot of things to better myself on this West Pac (Western Pacific deployment) and just this last quarter," Rowe said. "The dual designators have had a lot to do with it."

Rowe earned both air and surface warfare designators in three months, displaying a great achievement and initiative. Rowe uses that initiative every day. As an airman, he supervises night check workers and ensures that all damage control evolutions are being carried out correctly.

Rowe is also a qualified workcenter supervisor as well as 6K forklift operator, EE forklift operator and a team member for ordnance qualification certification program.

Chief (Sel.) Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Erin Kness, from Casa Grande, Ariz., said Rowe is an excellent choice for BJOQ.

"Rowe has been an ever-changing Sailor for the better and is always prepared to do the hard jobs," said Kness. "He is currently working and studying to become a team leader. This job is usually reserved for more senior personnel but is available to those that are trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable on weapons assembly. This is a certification that carries a greater responsibility due to the fact that he will be in charge of a 10- person or more team."

Rowe's father, Jessie James Rowe III, from Jacksonville, Fla., and a retired Air Force officer, was proud of his son's recent honors.

"Nothing could make my wife and me prouder." he said. "As a retired officer and former enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force, I know the importance of the enlisted corps. Since I know the high caliber of the young men and women in the U.S. Navy, it humbles me to know that my son, Jason, is being honored as one of the best of the best in Carrier Strike Group 9!"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080813-04 - Release Date: 8/13/2008 3:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Roderick Jessie, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Six Figure Salary Surpassed in Favor of Blue and Gold


As reported on 15 August 2008, “after working 16 years as a division manager, managing 214 deli departments for a major supermarket chain, making $150,000 a year, a man from Ajo, Ariz. decided to quit his job and join the Navy at age 32.

Personnel Specialist Seaman (SW) David Bigbey now works aboard
USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72), Personnel Department assisting Sailors coming into the Navy and preparing Sailors for the transition back into the civilian world.

"The fact is I can do anything, but I chose to do this job," said Bigbey. Serving in the military is something Bigbey has wanted to do since high school. "After high school, things came up and I never got to join," said Bigbey. "I continued to earn more money as life moved progressively quicker. The next thing I knew, I blinked and it seemed as if time had flown by." With the company closing three of the stores in his region, Bigbey had to let go of a few employees, and wanted to make sure they were set for their next jobs.


Explaining what the military had to offer opened doors for his employees, as well as himself. "I wanted to make sure my employees were taken care of after they were let go," said Bigbey, "so I took them to talk to a few military recruiters. I wanted to make sure they had a job and got an education. In the process, I found out I was still under the age limit for joining the Navy. The cutoff age limit was 33, and I was 32. I was definitely interested and wanted to join."

Bigbey's employer laughed when he told them he had joined the Navy. "My employer was shocked when I told them I had just signed the paperwork to join the Navy," said Bigbey. "They laughed and didn't believe me. I pushed the paper in front of them to prove to them. At the same time, I realized I was walking away from my job and everything I had."

Confused about whether his decision was a good one, Bigbey trusted his instincts and made a commitment to naval service. "At first I thought, 'Am I doing the right thing?'" said Bigbey. "I always tell people to live without regrets. My regret was not joining the Navy, so I knew I had made the right decision. If you're going to do something, do it on your own terms."

Bigbey came from a military family and lived in a small town where a majority of the people served in the military. "My dad and grandpa were in the Marines, my brother and one uncle were in the Air Force, two of my uncles were in the Army and two of my uncles were in the Navy," said Bigbey” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080815-03 - Release Date: 8/15/2008 10:21:00 AM - By Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Ashley Houp, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).


Sailors Aid Less Fortunate at Thai Social Center


“Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took time on 13 September 2008 from their recent port visit to Pattaya, Thailand, to bring a little joy to children affected by HIV and AIDS at the Camillian Social Center Rayong. "This has been amazing," said Yeoman 3rd Class Margaret Ueberlauer, of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2. "This was truly an eye-opening experience. It feels so good to know that I helped make a small difference." The 15 Sailors took the half-day community relations project seriously. From an in-depth tour of the center to handing out much-appreciated toys, books, games and candy, the volunteers immersed themselves in the world of the care center.


"These kids are so full of joy," said Senior Chief Gunner's Mate (SW/AW) Regina Hawley of Lincoln's Weapons Department. "I feel so blessed to be able to come be a part of this today." The center is home to 26 children who have been orphaned by HIV and AIDS, and several of the children are infected with the diseases themselves, according to an informational pamphlet about the center. Since the center's opening in early 1996, its staff and volunteers have cared for approximately 1,300 people affected by HIV and AIDS. The men, women and children who are cared for at the center receive proper medication, hygiene and nutrition on a daily basis, making all the difference in their quality and length of life, said Douglas Paul Baird, a volunteer at the center.


"The medicine they receive here is a matter of life and death," Baird said. "If they can get the medicine, they have a chance to live. How long they live is varied, but at least this gives them a chance." Baird gave the Sailors an in-depth tour of the care center taking them on a small informational tour to the nursery, the medical and dental clinics, the three main treatment areas and the craft center. "We are trying to give these children some life skills. Our goal is to make sure they can not only survive out in the world, but that they are happy and well cared for," Baird said.

The USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, homeported in Everett, Wash., is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7
th Fleet area of responsibility. Operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets covering 52 million square miles, with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080918-22 - Release Date: 9/18/2008 5:47:00 PM -  By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinn Liford, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - Pattaya, Thailand (NNS)).


Abe Sailor Reunites with Family While Deployed


“One USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor reunited with his family on 15 September 2008 during the ship's recent port call to Thailand, visiting Laem Chabang from 12 to 15 September 2008.


Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Norrandt Sutakul of Lincoln's Combat Systems Department, born in Bangkok, was able to visit with his uncle, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Fleet Adm. Prawit Srisukwatana. Sutakul was given a tour of a local Royal Thai Naval Base, Viharna Sien (a Buddhist museum) and enjoyed dinner, karaoke and old-fashioned family time.

"I was really surprised to get the call that he wanted to see me," Sutakul said. "I'm very happy and excited. I haven't seen him in eight years." Sutakul moved to the United States when he was six years old, but during his early childhood he spent a lot of time with his uncle and his cousin.

"He has a daughter my age, so we spent a lot of time playing at his house," Sutakul said. "But, since moving to the United States, this is only the second time I've seen him. It's a very special experience." Sutakul joined the Navy when his grandfather passed away.

"He was a commander in the Royal Thai Navy, and I wanted to join in honor of him," he said. Srisukwatana said the visit was a great experience as well. "It's a great feeling," Srisukwatana said. "I'm very proud of (Sutakul). I love the U.S. Navy. Every time a U.S. Navy ship comes to Thailand, I feel thankful. Thailand and America have very good relations."

Srisukwatana said the U.S. Navy has made the Royal Thai Navy better. "The largest exercise in our area is between the U.S. and the Royal Thai Navy, the Cobra Gold exercise," he said. "We take what we learn from the U.S. and apply it to our navy to make it better."

Sutakul said he loves Thailand, but he's proud to be a United States Sailor. "[Thailand is] a great place to visit and have fun," he said. "I've kept my roots, but I'm happy where I'm at."

Sutakul, who recently re-enlisted and plans to apply for the limited duty officer program, is currently deployed with
Lincoln in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080924-04 - Release Date: 9/24/2008 6:42:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (NNS)).


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