Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington from 16 April 2009 to 13 January 2010
Part I of III - 16 April to 26 August 2009
Part II of III - 27 August 2009 to 12 January 2010
Part III of III - 13 January 2010 & Appendix I
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2009 YEAR END REPORT
Chapter XXIV, Appendix I
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington and pulled in for a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington, commencing PIA on 16 April 2009” (Ref. 76).
090411-N-0774H-121 - PACIFIC OCEAN (April 11, 2009) - Hull Technician Fireman Craig Weyer and Machinist's Mate Fireman Daniel Harris respond to a simulated fire in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). A smoke machine is used to simulate limited visibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron Hubner/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=70525
Abraham Lincoln Embodies Navy Ethos to Ensure Mission Readiness
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) have worked side-by-side since the ship began its Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) on 16 April 2009, to ensure that Lincoln is ready to accomplish its mission at sea. To achieve this goal, shipyard workers and the ship's crew must coordinate in many areas. The rehabilitation team works with PSNS contractors in a coordinated effort to completely strip crew berthing and refurbish them back to new.
"The PSNS shipyard workers give us direction on how to properly take apart and put back together everything inside the berthings," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Sean Moore, rehabilitation team member. "The Sailors on the rehabilitation team are the ones who carry out the work and help carry up all the old racks and scrap." PSNS contractors provide technical assistance. In the case of the rehabilitation process, contractors help with electrical issues.
"The leading electrician is a civilian contractor who has Sailors work with him and deal with all the electrical isolation issues," Moore said. "Before we can start cutting out anything with lighting, we need to wait for the electricians to make sure the space is good to go." There is also a coordinated effort involved in the issuing and disposing of hazardous material. "We take care of all of the hazardous waste on board," said Susan Vogelsang, a PSNS contractor working in Lincoln's hazardous waste disposal center, HAZ-world.
"We also assist in helping out Sailors from Supply Department fill out any paperwork pertaining to hazardous material if they have any questions about it." For Sailors and contractors working in HAZ-world, attitude goes a long way in accomplishing daily tasks and handling issues. "We are one big team separating waste and getting it ready to ship" Vogelsang said. "They are not just Sailors, they are our team members working together closely." Of course with all the coordination involved between Sailors and shipyard workers, safety remains the top priority.
"Being in constant contact with the ship's safety department, we are able to work together to contact the right person and figure out a solution to the many safety and health issues occurring on the ship," said Brooks Walpole, environmental safety and health manager. Walpole is in charge of Code 106, which is the civilian equivalent of the ship's safety department. Code 106 and the Safety Department do a daily walk-through of the ship to ensure jobs are performed safely, in accordance with rules and regulations.
"If someone from Code 106 sees a Sailor doing something unsafe or not wearing the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), they will let us know about it," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Glenn Apacible, leading chief petty officer, Abraham Lincoln Safety Department. "Sharing information, we are both able to know what is happening out there and if there are any lessons learned. "We are out there to find and fix hazards," said Walpole.
"If there is a question about a rule or regulation and we don't know it, we can always find the answer." Every other week Lincoln recognizes both Sailors and shipyard workers for their day-to-day hard work in making the overall coordinated effort a success. "The main goal is really to find the person or people who provide a continuous positive example because it is those people that will make Lincoln's '09 PIA a success," said Terry Brown, deputy project superintendent. "We feel our employees, such as civil service and ship's force contingent, are the most vital asset we have, and we want them recognized for that"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090615-02 - Release Date: 6/15/2009 9:10:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Patrick Bonafede, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46176
Lincoln Takes Stock in Advance of Earth Day
“The Navy is celebrating the 39th anniversary of Earth Day on 22 April 2009 by ensuring disposables are recycled properly and incandescent light bulbs replaced for energy conservation. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) follows strict guidelines when it comes to the proper disposal of trash and managing recyclables. Sailors on board have the responsibility of making sure those guidelines are met. "During our last deployment, Lincoln recycled approximately 22,000 pounds of plastic waste-pucks, about 80,000 pounds of incinerator and pulpable trash," said Chief Machinist Mate (SW) Ramon Mota, repair chief from Chicago. "I feel we do an awesome job in protecting [the earth] and making sure plastics get to shore." Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Claudetta Rhaburn, a Chicago native and leading petty officer in the Engineering Department, said the primary reason for the prohibition on plastic waste-disposal at sea is to stop the harming of marine life.
Plastic causes a special problem since it neither sinks like glass and metal nor disintegrates like (biodegradable) garbage, paper and cloth. It also causes hazards to ships by fouling propellers, clogging seawater-intakes and evaporators, all of which cause engine failure. The task of separating trash for recyclables is an extensive job but each department starts the process of separation in their respective shop due to the large amounts of disposables to work with. A compressing melting unit (CMU) aboard Lincoln compresses, melts and shrinks plastic, turning it into seven to 10 pound pizza-sized pucks, later to be recycled once the ship pulls into port.
Not only has Lincoln taken part in properly sorting and recycling her disposables, but she's making strides with conserving energy-cost and reducing gas-emissions by replacing incandescent light bulbs for fluorescent ones. In accordance with the "Energy Star Operation Change Out - The Military Challenge" campaign, Lincoln has followed suit with the Navywide demand for conservation and becoming more environmentally friendly by swapping out its lights. Energy Star Operation Change Out is a joint effort from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. [The Change Out] is the first national, military-focused, energy-efficiency campaign encouraging service members to save energy, money, and protect the environment by replacing the inefficient, incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star-qualified light bulbs.
As of April 1, 12,358 incandescent bulbs have been replaced with "Energy Star" qualified, fluorescent bulbs on more than 20 Navy bases, saving over 3.4 million kilowatt-hours. Over the life of the bulbs the Navy saves $238,173 in energy-costs, and reduces greenhouse gases by 5.2 million pounds. With the Navy's emphasis on the importance of environmental conservation, Lincoln plans to continue being at the forefront” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090420-22 - Release Date: 4/20/2009 4:24:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Colby K. Neal, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - Bremerton, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=44508
“USS Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN-72) three leadership Award winners visited the nation’s Capitol from 26 to 29 April 2009, for an up-close look at how their government works. The Stennis Center for Public Service hosted Liberty Award winner Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handling 1st Class (AW/SW) Brian Turner, Union Award winner Senior Chief Quarter Master (SW/AW) Dexter Watson, Statesman Award Winner Lt. Joseph Gilmore, and Lincoln’s Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall for two full days in Washington, D.C. The Sailors and their families spent their time seeing the sights and interacting with key decision-makers” (Ref.
090604-N-2143T-002 - PORTLAND, Ore. (June 4, 2009) - Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) as the ship arrives to help celebrate Portland Fleet Week festivities during the city's 102nd Annual Rose Festival. Navy warships have been coming to the City of Roses since USS Charleston's visit in 1907, and are considered a highlight of the festival. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko/Released)
Lincoln Chief Maximizes Distance Learning Options, Flexibility
As reported on 5 June 2009, “one Sailor aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in distance-learning courses and used a personal digital assistant (PDA) to complete them in his free time.
Certain colleges have given students the choice to complete coursework on a PDA. These courses provide all the tools of an instructor-based course with the freedom to 'attend' the class whenever they have time and in the location of their choice.
"It has lectures, quizzes, videos, anything you would receive in an instructor-based course," said Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Russell Cole, of Lincoln's health services department and Raceland, La., native.
"It was more convenient for me to use the PDA. I could take it home or to lunch. I would even take it on the bus ride to work." Similar to the PDA, courses are available where iPODs, also provided with the course materials, have educational video and audio files preloaded. These self-paced distance-learning courses were initially set up with submariners in mind. Without the ability to have a classroom or take classes online, these courses are an effective tool for continuing education.
Cole was provided, at no cost, the PDA, equipment and materials for the course from Lincoln's educational services officer once he had completed his registration. After completing the open-book tests and final exam, he returned the PDA and was allowed to keep the book.
"I have taken two self-paced courses without the PDA and two with the PDA. By far, the PDA gives you more structure because it has a timeline you have to follow," said Cole. Even if a student has enough credits from other sources, most colleges require the student to establish residency by taking a small amount of credit hours.
Sailors have access to colleges offering PDA-based courses, such as Central Texas College, Coastline Community College and Saint Leo University. iPOD-based courses can be found with colleges like Dallas Tele College. "I chose Coastline Community College other over colleges because it gave the most credits for corpsmen work experience," said Cole.
Cole will find out if he receives his associate degree in health and science technology once his grades post mid-June” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090605-26 - Release Date: 6/5/2009 7:59:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kirk Putnam, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Media Department - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailor Helps Bring Closure for Families Four Decades after Helo Crash in Vietnam
As reported on 5 June 2009, “a USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor volunteered for a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) mission to Vietnam, in part because of his language skills and personal ties to the Southeast Asian country. JPAC is a military organization responsible for recovering the remains of U.S. troops who went missing in combat during any of the nation's past conflicts.
Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) Quang Dang, of Tacoma, Wash., born and raised in Vietnam until age 21, felt he would be the perfect choice for the mission since he could speak Vietnamese fluently. "I asked my master chief if he thought it was a good idea for me to go, and he said yes," said Dang. "So I volunteered and was accepted." Dang was flown to the JPAC headquarters in Hawaii where he was given an introductory course in the proper way to excavate a crash site.
"We had to be taught how to dig," Dang said. "If you don't dig the right way, you might miss something or damage anything you find." After mastering the technique, Dang and his team boarded cargo planes to begin their journey to the crash site. Once in Vietnam, the JPAC team realized their mission was not going to be an easy task.
Dang and 14 others were charged with trying to find out what happened to a U.S. Army helicopter crew 44 years earlier. In 1965, in the Gia Lai Province of Vietnam's central highlands, a U.S. Army helicopter failed to return from a routine mission. Rescue aircraft spent months scouring the jungle, looking for traces of a crash and the four Soldiers who had been on board. The crew was never heard from again and was presumed dead. The mountainside's dense jungle made Dang's team's recovery efforts impossible.
The mountain was so remote and so thickly covered in jungle, trucks couldn't be used to bring supplies to the team. The only way to get on or off the mountain was by helicopter. A landing zone at the mountain's top was created by the team who blazed a trail to the bottom. Before work at the crash site could begin, the teams built two camps. One, at the base of the mountain, housed the 60 locals hired by the JPAC team to assist in the excavation.
The other camp, closer to the actual crash site, housed the team throughout the dig. A grid was designed over the crash site in four-by-four, square-meter sections. Dang's team started in the middle of the grid. Every shovelful of dirt was poured into a bucket, the full bucket taken to a screening station and dumped onto the top of the screen. Then carefully, the dirt was sifted through the screen, leaving the dirt on the bottom and any remains on the top.
The remains were then cleaned, labeled and cataloged. As each square in the grid was finished, the team moved outward until remains were no longer found. "It's a little like looking for a needle in the ocean," said Dang. "Every bit of dirt we dug had to be sifted." In the end, the team dug and sifted 6,000 square meters of dirt in 37 days on the mountain.
They recovered remains and artifacts of all four Soldiers including Army air assault badges, aviator badges, dog tags and teeth. The remains were placed in flag draped coffins and flown to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Team members wore their dress uniforms and performed the solemn ceremony to honor their fallen comrades. "These guys have been waiting, in a jungle they didn't belong in, for 44 years to come home," Dang said.
"Their families have been waiting and wondering. The wound never really healed for them, and to be able to find them, identify their remains and bring them home is beyond my feelings. I am happy and sad for the families – happy that we are able to finally give them answers, but sad at the same time." The remains were turned over to JPAC's identification laboratory for analyzing before being returned to the family members.
According to JPAC, there are more than 88,000 American service members listed as missing in action from previous wars, and more than 1,780 of them are from the Vietnam War. JPAC and volunteers like Dang will continue to search for those service members until everyone has been found” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090605-33 - Release Date: 6/5/2009 11:28:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Kathleen Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Media Department - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
CCSG-9 Focuses on Sailors' PIA Concerns
“The commander of Carrier Strike Group 9 visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) to meet with Sailors and hear their concerns on 9 June 2009 during the ship's Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton. During the visit, Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift answered questions from 50 Sailors taking part in Lincoln's yard period and observed the ship's PIA progress. Swift talked to Sailors about many topics ranging from the importance of communication to the challenges of the daily commutes from Everett to Bremerton. "One of the challenges we face is having an understanding of what the [crew's] concerns are," said Swift. "It is important to communicate."
Swift stressed that the Sailors are an integral part of the ship's PIA success and they need to take care of themselves to be successful. "I really believe that Sailors are our most important resource," said Swift. With a daily commute taking buses, ferries and cars from Everett and other regional cities to Bremerton, Lincoln's commuting crew spends approximately half of a normal working day (four hours) just getting to work, not allowing for much liberty throughout the work week. "Time is the most precious resource we have as individuals," Swift said. "I encourage you [all] to carve some time out in the week [for yourselves]."
Storekeeper 2nd Class (SW) Ferdinand Bautista, of Lincoln's Safety Department believes Swift meeting with the Sailors shows he has a vested interest in them. "The part that made the greatest impression on me was when we talked about his concerns for us with the long commutes," said Bautista. "I make the commute from Whidbey Island, so it meant a lot to me." According to Lincoln Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Eric Schmidt, Swift's visit speaks volumes about how much he cares about the ship and its crew” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090616-10 - Release Date: 6/16/2009 3:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - NAVAL BASE BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
090611-N-1745W-013 - FREMONT, Wash. (June 11, 2009) - Sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) patch a bursting water pipe during a wet trainer simulation held by Fremont Maritime Services. Lincoln is being overhauled in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick M. Bonafede/Released)
090611-N-1229B-051 - NAVAL BASE KITSAP BREMERTON, Wash. (June 11, 2009) - Sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) take part in a simulated flight deck fire drill aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 61). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick M. Bonafede/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=72916
Lincoln Sailors Stay Sharp in Damage Control
“Twenty-three Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in an immersive, one-day damage control trainer on 11 June 2009 in Seattle to sharpen their damage control skills during the ship's Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).
The trainer, run by Fremont Maritime Services for 20 years, has trained military and civilians alike in combating shipboard emergencies.
The Sailors, after a few hours of classroom instruction, broke into groups to train on various damage control techniques. Soon after, they began training scenarios in a mock-up ship where they responded to a range of dangerous conditions.
Preventing progressive flooding from a hatch, attaching patches to bursting water pipes, and dewatering flooded spaces are just some of the things students learned.
"We're as rough as it gets," said Cory Caulk of Kirkland, Wash., instructor with Fremont Maritime Services. "We spare nothing to make things as real as they need to be for our participants."
According to Jim Whitsett, of Port Orchard, Wash., instructor and firefighter with Poulsbo's Fire Department, Fremont Maritime's staff of enthusiastic career firefighters and prior military members sets it apart from other training facilities.
"[Sailors] look like whipped pups when they first walk in," said retired Damage Controlman 1st Class Steven Bay, of Salem, Ore., instructor and recently detached from Lincoln. "But when they're all done we ask who wants to go back in, and everyone raises their hands."
To instructors like Caulk and Whitsett, introducing students to intense emergency simulations benefits them tremendously since actual shipboard emergencies can grow to extreme proportions. Other training services will only crank the heat up to a certain extent to preserve their facilities, but Fremont holds nothing back from showing their students what a real emergency would appear to be like.
"It's the most interactive class I've ever been in," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Ervin Ramirez” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090620-04 - Release Date: 6/20/2009 9:41:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SEATTLE (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46327
Aircraft Carrier Uses Innovative Ideas for Realistic Training
“Sailors from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Air Department found a unique training platform to use on 11 June 2009, while Lincoln's flight deck is being refurbished.
Crew members will use decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) during Abraham Lincoln's Planned Incremental Availability.
"I was trying to think of something outside of the box," said Lt. Kent Davis, Abraham Lincoln's air boatswain. "I made some calls to the shipyard a few months before we got here to see what we could do."
This enabled Lincoln to use Ranger for fire drills, keeping Sailors refreshed in fire fighting techniques.
"It is important to freshen up on what we do at sea and keep everyone up to speed," Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW/SW) Joel Izaguirre said.
"There are also a lot of new Sailors that have arrived since the last deployment, and it is good for them to experience this kind of training."
"We don't want to lose our sharpness while we're here in Bremerton," Davis added. "We're going to be training on everything from SCBAs (self contained breathing apparatuses) to stretcher barriers and hose handling."
With such a wide variety of training, Sailors will be up to speed when Lincoln makes her way back out to sea.
"The advantage of having Ranger as a training platform is the availability of water," Davis said. "We got approval for the use of live hoses and we are also going to use smoke machines and speakers to make these drills seem as real as possible."
The first day on Ranger was a learning experience.
"I found it to be productive training and I am looking forward to being back," Izaguirre said. "I think it's a really good plan that the air boatswain has for all of us."
"I've never seen another ship do this," Davis concurred. "It is kind of cool to see what a conventional ship looks like. This is an opportunity to do a lot of things which we couldn't do back on the Lincoln"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090621-14 - Release Date: 6/21/2009 4:38:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Patrick Bonafede, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46322
090615-N-1229B-024 - SILVERDALE, Wash. (June 15, 2009) - Aviation Electrician's Mate Senior Chief Gregory Sterling from Leesville, La. shakes hands with players from the Kitsap Bluejackets during military appreciation night for the Bluejackets. Senior Chief Sterling threw out the ceremonial first pitch during the pre-game festivities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick M. Bonafede/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=73142
Lincoln Sailor Throws First Pitch for Kitsap Bluejackets
“A Sailor from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) helped kickoff the baseball team Kitsap Bluejackets' military appreciation night at the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton on 15 June 2009.
As part of the pre-game festivities, Aviation Electrician's Mate (AW/SW) Senior Chief Gregory Sterling, who recently returned from an individual augmentee (IA) assignment in Iraq, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"It was a great honor to be out there on the mound," Sterling said. "Most of us that come back from an IA aren't even thought of except by those that we serve with, so to be thought of by those that we effectively serve as deserving some type of recognition makes it worthwhile."
The Bluejackets are made up of college athletes and are part of the West Coast League. The West Coast League is a summer league made up of eight teams from the states of Washington and Oregon.
"The great thing about the Bluejackets is that it has a minor league feel to it, but with amateur players," Kitsap Bluejackets General Manager Rick Smith said. "It is a very festive atmosphere when the game gets going. The fans get into the game, and everyone has a good time."
The Bluejackets are averaging about 750 to 800 people a game so far this season. Located on the Kitsap Peninsula, it is convenient to all the local Naval bases.
This was the first of three scheduled military appreciation nights that the Bluejackets are hosting to thank the many service members that live on the Kitsap Peninsula.
"This is an activity that doesn't involve a lengthy commute to either Seattle or Tacoma," said Smith. "It is a wonderful place to enjoy a day for both Sailors and families"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090628-02 - Release Date: 6/28/2009 9:43:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (AW/SW) Patrick Bonafede, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46561
090623-N-1229B-009 - BREMERTON, Wash. (June 23, 2009) - Interior Communications Specialist 3rd class Shawn Davidson, from Las Cruces, N.M., removes the deck surface during a berthing space restoration aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is undergoing an overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick M. Bonafede/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=73116
Diversity Council Promotes Unity on Lincoln
“USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Diversity Council met on 24 June 2009 to brainstorm ideas on promoting awareness and strengthening unity among Sailors of different ethnicities.
The council's goal is to let Sailors know that they can accomplish anything in the Navy, regardless of their rank, gender or race.
The council sponsors events to honor different ethnicities, such as celebrations honoring Hispanic-American and Asian-American month, to help promote awareness among the crew.
"Diversity is not only about removing barriers for someone, it's about creating opportunity for all," said Cmdr. Michael A. Whitt, Lincoln's diversity officer. "Diversity utilizes the full potential of the Navy's most treasured resource, its Sailors, in order to achieve the common goal of mission success. It also plays a vital role in support of the commanding officer's guiding principles. It fosters equal opportunity and creates an open, positive and satisfying work environment."
Although the Lincoln's schedule in the shipyards doesn't provide much room for illustrious events, Lt. j.g. Adrian Young, assistant diversity officer, still plans to organize celebrations for the command.
"One current idea is to combine the heritages we celebrate every month into one 'diversity day,'" Young said.
The Lincoln's diversity council has already held numerous diversity celebrations in 2009, to include African-American history month celebration, a women's history month celebration and a bi-centennial celebration for Abraham Lincoln.
The bi-centennial celebration consisted of a diverse, guest panel, including Representatives Norm Dicks and Rick Larson; three college professors, David Blight of Yale University, Adam Green of the University of Chicago and Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College; Robin Read, the president of the National Foundation for Women Legislators; and retired Army Gen. Donald Scott” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090627-07 - Release Date: 6/27/2009 3:43:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon C. Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46563
Lincoln Sailor Tours with All-USA, Navy Basketball Teams
As reported on 3 July 2009, “A Sailor from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recently returned from playing basketball with the All-Navy and USA Basketball teams in Europe during May and June.
Air Traffic Controlman 1st Class Jarred Haynes of Donaldsonville, La., competed against teams from Germany, Greece, Korea, China, Lithuania, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Italy and took home a bronze medal at the Conseil International Du Sport Militaire World Military Basketball Championship (CISM) tournament in Lithuania.
"I heard about the All-Navy Basketball team in 2000 from my first command," Haynes said. "When I came to the ship, they had a mini-camp in Everett where I was selected to go to training camp."
From there, Haynes was sent to Millington, Tenn., where 23 Sailors from various commands competed for the 12 available spots on the team. Upon making the team, he then practiced with the team twice a day, three hours at a time, in Ramstein, Germany, against professional German teams.
Afterward, he was accepted on the USA team and competed against countries Germany, Greece, Korea, China, Lithuania, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Italy.
After taking home the Bronze medal at the CISM tournament, Haynes will next go to Belgium where he will play in another tournament in November called "Shape." He will continue to play for the Navy and USA teams for the remainder of his Navy career, as long as the commands he is stationed with can support him.
"All the other countries are made up of professional players that play for their country. Greece and China had their original Olympic teams," Haynes said. "It is a great experience to play at that level. I loved it"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090703-21 - Release Date: 7/3/2009 11:55:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46713
Senior Chief Re-enlists on Historic Bremerton Landmark
“A Sailor from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) re-enlisted in the machinery room at the top of a historic 2,400-ton crane at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton on 8 July 2009. Machinist's Mate Senior Chief (SW) John R. Davis re-enlisted for the last time before becoming eligible for retirement. "I'll never forget that re-enlistment. All my others were wherever I was working at the time. It was a nice surprise Lt. Brent Miller sprung on me," said Davis. Miller had toured the crane once before when stationed at PSNS and decided it would be the perfect location for such an event. "Davis has done so much for Lincoln during his tour that I wanted to make his re-enlistment memorable. He has been instrumental in planning and executing this planned incremental availability. I owed him a lot and wanted to do something special for his last re-enlistment," said Miller. Kenneth Haines, the crane operation manager for PSNS, guided the Sailors through the crane for the re-enlistment ceremony.
The Hammerhead Crane was purchased from the Dravo Corporation from Pittsburgh in April 1933. The crane was built by the iron workers that had just completed the Empire State Building at the start of the Great Depression. The 500-ton revolving crane is fitted with two 125-ton main hoists that can be independently loaded or coupled together to accommodate lifts up to 500-tons out to a radius of 115 feet. "When the crane is rotated, it is a sight to see and will take up to six minutes to complete the rotation, but it still operates and feels as smooth as silk," said Haines. The Hammerhead Crane served the fleet during World War II but was primarily designed to handle large 14- and 16-inch guns of battleships and heavy cruisers. The crane also had a role in the installation of aircraft carrier elevators to handle F-14s and other major structural modifications. The crane continued to support the fleet well into the nuclear age and was used to transport nuclear fuel via cargo shipments between Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and PSNS.
It was used in active production until April 1996 when it entered a period of refurbishment and preservation as a national historic landmark. "It was nice to be up there, and I thought it was great that Lt. Miller went out of his way to make my last re-enlistment special. It was my last go out where I could bring all the crew with me," said Davis. After the ceremony, Davis and his re-enlistment attendees were treated to a tour and were permitted to walk out on the legendary arm of the machine. "I have seen lots of locations for re-enlistments, from old carriers or in helicopters to halftime at Qwest Field. It was appropriate for a machinist's mate to re-enlist in the machinery space of the old crane. It was great that Ken Haines let us in and gave us a tour knowing all about the crane and had even operated it once upon a time," said Miller” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090719-06 - Release Date: 7/19/2009 2:04:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kirk T. Putnam, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
College Opportunities Benefit Lincoln Sailors
As reported on 13 July 2009, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) have taken advantage of the many college degree opportunities offered by the Navy while the ship is undergoing a major Planned Incremental Availability in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS).
Through programs like Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education, 18 Lincoln Sailors are pursuing graduate degrees while still meeting the ship's requirements for work.
For one Sailor, the four-hour commute across the Puget Sound from Lincoln's homeport, Naval Station Everett, Wash., to PSNS has become an excellent time for studying and course work.
"Most of my time studying is accomplished while riding the ferry from Everett and Bremerton," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Christopher A. Leigh, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, IM-3 Division leading petty officer, and Dallas native. "It's a nice, quiet environment that's conducive to studying. It's a productive way to spend four hours of my time that would otherwise be wasted."
Leigh is pursuing a doctorate in business administration through the TA program, which pays 100 percent of tuition for active-duty Sailors.
"I really enjoy being a student and constantly challenging myself to reach higher," said Leigh. "More importantly, by continuing my pursuit of higher education, I hope to be a role model for Sailors around me. A successful Navy career and a degree can both be achieved at the same time."
College degree opportunities benefit the individual Sailor personally and professionally.
"If you know how to study for a college course, you now have a nimble mind to study for damage control, maintenance or your advancement exam," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Richard J. Greenlee, administration department's and education service office's leading petty officer, and Belvedere, Ill., native” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090713-14 - Release Date: 7/13/2009 4:49:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=46893
Lincoln Sailor Applies Life's Lessons to Navy Career
As reported on 13 July 2009, “a Sailor stationed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recently had the story of his journey from Ghana to the United States published in a book entitled "A Journey to the United States of America." The book chronicles the life of Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Christoph K. Ankuvie from childhood in a Ghana village to his coming to the United States to realize the American dream. Ankuvie, the eighth of 12 children, was born Nov. 17, 1970 in Dodi-Papase, a village in the Volta region of Ghana, Western Africa. His father was a cocoa farmer and believed in the old adage, "Spare the rod, spoil the child." Ankuvie and his siblings were required to assist their father on the farm in order to go to school. They learned fast that listening and respecting those around them would provide the support network they needed.
"You can either better or worsen your plights depending upon your initiative," Ankuvie says in his book. "Nothing comes easy in this life until you decide to make it easy for yourself." After living in Ghana his entire life, attending school and teaching French for three years, Ankuvie was given the opportunity to come to America. With the help of his brother, Dr. Ankuvie Augustine, Ankuvie left his home for Chicago, July 4, 2000. Within only a couple of days of arriving in America, Ankuvie had a job at the Ritz-Carton Hotel, working nights as a housekeeper. But soon he set his sights higher. After seeing a commercial advertising the G.I. Bill and other educational opportunities Ankuvie joined the Navy. Since joining the Navy in October of 2000, Ankuvie has gone on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Colorado Technical University and is currently working toward a master's degree.
Ankuvie's book has had a positive effect on those around him. "It's like a trail in a way that for some people the trail is easy and there are shortcuts, and sometimes the trail is hard," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Denis D. Mamaril, his former work center supervisior who immigrated here from the Philippines in 1991. "But the goal is still the same, to reach the top." Ankuvie believes there are many other people out there that share similar circumstances to the ones he has faced in his lifetime, and that's what stands at the core of his book. "I hope readers read my book and are inspired to persevere through their own hardships," Ankuvie said.
"When people say that life is difficult, I want them to read this book and see how difficult life is in other countries." He is currently working on a second book detailing his views on world affairs. Ankuvie one day hopes to go back to his native country and share his experiences with his people” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090713-22 - Release Date: 7/13/2009 10:47:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Jimmy Cellini, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
Lincoln's Deck Department Beats Anchor Chain Deadline
As reported on 15 July 2009, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Deck Department successfully refurbished 720 feet of its anchor chain in June, finishing three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule.
For three weeks, eight Sailors from the ship's Deck Department's 1st Division, sanded, painted and greased each individual link of the 60-fathom anchor chain, working diligently to beat their goal dates.
The accomplishment caught the attention of Capt. Patrick Hall, Lincoln's commanding officer, who visited their job site July 6 to congratulate them on a job well done and hand out coins.
"I believe the commanding officer was impressed with the overall job," said Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) Antonio Young, who escorted Hall. "He, as with most people, was surprised that so much was accomplished in such a short amount of time."
To Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Nathaniel Kramer of Sperry, Iowa, conducting the 36-month maintenance on the anchor chain was an opportunity for him and his shipmates to get in touch with their inner boatswain's mate.
"Being part of Deck Department, doing something like working on the ship's anchor is really enjoyable for us," Kramer said.
The crew used a portable 5x5 foot tent to avoid spreading sanding dust from getting into the air or nearby water. They also ensured hazardous materials were properly handled and disposed of.
"The anchor must be ready to go when and where we need it to," Young said. "This maintenance ensures that the anchor is ready the first time, all the time."
With their long and tedious maintenance out of the way, 1st Division Sailors are able to move on to preservation of other areas of the ship” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090715-23 - Release Date: 7/15/2009 3:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
090716-N-6736G-443 - EVERETT Wash. (July 16, 2009) - Members of USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Aviation Ordnance Association clean a stretch of Interstate I-5 that they have adopted. Lincoln is currently being overhauled in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, away from its homeport of Naval Station Everett. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean P Gallagher/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=74367
Lincoln Aviation Ordnancemen on Target with Environment
As reported on 29 July 2009, “fifteen Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Aviation Ordnanceman Association (AOA) gave back to the local community on 16 July 2009 by helping clean and preserve a three-mile stretch of highway I-5 in Marysville.
For five hours, the AOA members, dressed in bright orange vests and yellow hard hats, walked along the three mile-long stretch of interstate from exit 199 through exit 202.
"The community has given much to us, so our goal was to give back in some way," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Daniel Wickersham, vice president of Lincoln's AOA. "This really helps the community look cleaner, and it really benefits the pride of the people who live here."
Using familiar skills from foreign object damage (FOD) walk downs on the ship, the teams lined up and picked up pieces of trash one by one, putting them into bags for safe disposal. The community loaned cleaning equipment to the Sailors for the project.
"I'm doing this to help out the people of Marysville," said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Anthony Coke, an AOA member. "The community helped us out when we needed it, and now we're just doing what we can to give back."
The AOA adopted the length of road around two years ago when a member of the team suggested they help out the local area. The association cleans it once a month to ensure that the interstate maintains a state of excellence, said Wickersham.
"It's always nice to get together with the other aviation ordnancemen and feel that camaraderie," said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AW) Reneé Evans, an AOA volunteer. "I know that the other 'ordies' always have my back, and this was the perfect way to demonstrate how we work together even off the ship"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090729-06 - Release Date: 7/29/2009 4:32:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Gallagher, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs - MARYSVILLE, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47191
CSG-9 Hosts Midshipmen for Summer Cruises
As reported on 22 July 2009, “Ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 hosted more than 40 first class and second class midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs from colleges across the country as part of the midshipman summer training program.
USS Ingraham (FFG-61), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) and USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) hosted the program to enhance the professional development of the midshipmen. The future naval officers learned about the jobs and responsibilities they will assume upon their commissioning in the Navy. First class midshipmen are students entering their senior year of college.
For them, this cruise was the culmination of three years of studying. Each student was placed with a junior officer in their field of study and was given a role similar to what they will fill as a naval officer. Many stood bridge watches and learned how to fill the role of a junior officer in the wardroom. Second class midshipmen are students beginning their junior year in college.
They were assigned a petty officer to shadow in order to learn and understand the life and work of an enlisted Sailor. They joined their sponsors divisions and did the same work as any member of that division. Ingraham welcomed six midshipmen to accompany them during their four-week composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise in May.
The ship participated in several major exercises, including an anti-submarine warfare exercise, numerous expanded maritime interdiction operations, an air defense exercise and exercises involving counter-targeting and defense against fast attack crafts. "The midshipmen learned what it means to stand proper watches in a simulated combat environment," said Ingraham's Ens. Todd Chen, Ingraham's public affairs officer.
One of the watches they stood involved driving the ship as a conning officer and being able to solve maneuvering board problems. "In addition, all the midshipmen had the opportunity to interact with the other watchstanders on the bridge and learn how to work together as a team," said Chen. Almost a dozen midshipmen joined Shoup for an appearance at the Portland, Ore., Rose Festival as well as participating in sonar exercises off the coast of southern California.
While at the Rose Festival, the 11 midshipmen acted as ambassadors for the Navy through their interactions with the public. More than 2,000 festival goers were given tours of Shoup each day, which gave the midshipmen the opportunity act as tour guides and show what they learned while on board, said Ens. Jacob Norton, a junior officer on Shoup.
Midshipmen joined Rodney M. Davis for a 12-day submarine escorting exercise and ship handling training off the coast of southern California. They were also given the opportunity to tour other Navy ships including Shoup and Naval Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19). The midshipmen were given a taste of their futures in the Navy as commissioned officers before heading back to their respective school to complete their educations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090722-03 - Release Date: 7/22/2009 4:07:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)).
Lincoln Hosts Domestic Violence Prevention Seminar
“To promote a better understanding of domestic violence among the crew, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a domestic violence stand down on 16 July 2009, in the Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, gymnasium. The seminar-style stand down consisted of presentations of general domestic violence awareness by Command Chaplain, Cmdr. John A. Swanson and legal ramifications by Abe's Judge Advocate General Lt. Cmdr. David C. Peck. The presentation was highlighted by guest speaker Lyn Smith from Fleet and Family Support Center, Smokey Point, who spoke of the consequences and severity of domestic violence and where to receive support if needed.
During the stand down, Sailors were encouraged to seek proactive approaches to resolving domestic disputes. "You're going to have problems in any kind of relationship. You must be professional at home as well as at work. You must know how to get help if you need it, or how to walk away. You teach your Sailors: 'Hey, if you see a situation escalate, walk away, come back and talk about it later,' you have to do the same thing at home," said Family Advocacy Representative Senior Chief Interior Communications Specialist (SW/AW) Marc H. Oden, of Cleveland. "We want to ensure Sailors are educated to make the right decision to walk away from certain situations before they escalate."
During the stand down, Smith spoke of resources available to Sailors for dealing with domestic issues. Family Support Centers are available to offer programs and classes on financial management, transition assistance, and counseling. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a command support program which provides a coordinated response to domestic problems with support from military law enforcement, medical staff, Family Center personnel and chaplains. For domestic violence intervention, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. To learn more about these and other resources, contact the Family Center staff, or a FAP representative.
Lincoln Sailors learned domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. "Family violence is unacceptable and incompatible with the high standards of professional and personal conduct expected and required of members of the Navy," said Swanson during the stand down. "It violates our core values and is an example of bad character. Each of us has a responsibility to foster an environment that does not excuse, tolerate, or mitigate family violence"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090726-02 - Release Date: 7/26/2009 8:44:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - Bremerton, Wash., (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47190
Lincoln Recognized for Performance Excellence with National Award
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received the 2009 Franklin Covey Leadership Greatness Award on 27 July 2009 at Naval Station Bremerton for improving operational excellence while maximizing quality of life and work for Sailors. The award was presented to Capt. Patrick D. Hall, Lincoln commanding officer, for significant and dramatic improvement in leadership, conduct and climate aboard Lincoln during a two year period. "Many of the nominees for the Covey Leadership Award include S&P 500 companies," said Cmdr. Dominic Gaudin, senior leadership program advisor for Covey. "Based on our success, I've heard other companies want to try the program to mimic our success," said Gaudin, a native of Houston.
The Franklin Covey Leadership program provides tools aimed at building leadership and goal setting skills. Information Systems Technician Master Chief (SW/AW/PJ), Brian M. Polanski of Minneapolis, Minn., one of more than 50 consultants and facilitators trained aboard Lincoln, believes the program has benefited the entire crew.
"The beauty of the program is that every Sailor, from the newly reported seaman recruit to the commanding officer has direct input into the process and helps Abraham Lincoln has achieved an impressive number of WIGS, since Hall took helm as commanding officer of Lincoln in 2007, the overall numbers continue to climb in a strong upward trend.
"It really is an acknowledgement of the visionary leadership of Capt. Hall and the entire crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln," said Shawn D. Moon, general manager of Franklin Covey Government and Educational Services. "You're the model ship among Naval Air Forces," he said. Following the 2008 Western Pacific deployment, Lincoln had a 33 percent reduction in non-judicial punishments over the previous year, a 61 percent reduction in alcohol-related incidents and a four-fold increase in advanced education with a 98 percent completion rate. More noticeably, Lincoln also beat the Navywide Zone "A" Navy retention goal (48 percent) for two consecutive quarters (67 percent in 3rd quarter and 52 percent in 4th quarter), allowing Lincoln to fly the retention flag for the first time in five years.
Other post deployment improvements include a reduction in attrition for three successive quarters from 9.3 percent to 6.0 percent to 2.0 percent, and a full category improvement in Physical Fitness Assessment scores from an average of "good medium" to "good high. "I think the award is proof that we are doing the right thing and that the Lincoln Leadership program is making every Sailor a better person both professionally and personally," said Polanski. "The trend I see is for operational excellence to continue in 2009"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090728-01 - Release Date: 7/28/2009 4:55:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Randolph, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - BREMERTON, Wash (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47231
Lincoln Sailors Benefit From Laser Eye Surgery
As reported on 29 July 2009, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are benefiting from corrective eye surgery at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB), one of only seven refractive surgery centers throughout the United States capable of providing Navy personnel with vision correction procedures.
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Gustafson, a member of Lincoln's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, recently received laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), at NHB. "Before the procedure my vision was 20/400, now I'm reading 20/20 after 30 days," said Gustafson. Gustafson also said the NHB refractive surgical team was professional and competent.
"After setting up an appointment with the optometry clinic, you'll get a very extensive eye exam to determine eligibility. If eligible, the team will educate you on the risks and different procedures available," said Gustafson. Currently the Navy uses two refractive procedures, LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), both available at NHB.
With LASIK, the cornea is split with a blade to form a flap. The inside of the cornea is then treated with an excimer laser. PRK combines the use of a surgical blade and the excimer laser to remove tissue from the surface of the cornea. Although both procedures may seem painful, they are, at most, mildly uncomfortable.
"I wouldn't say there's any pain with LASIK," Gustafson said. "Before surgery, you'll get a post-op appointment where medication will be prescribed, and they'll go over procedures about exactly what will happen during the surgery." Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Dennis M. Capiendo works in Lincoln's Health Services Department as an aviation medicine technician.
Capiendo says he usually provides between 2-3 people a week with information regarding the surgery. "Over the past three weeks, roughly 30 personnel have picked up a handout, but less than 10 have actually turned in their paperwork and are scheduled to have the exam done," said Capiendo.
Corrective or refractive eye surgery aims to correct visual acuity, with the objective of reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contacts. The surgery not only corrects vision, but also increases mission readiness by eliminating the risk and hassle of wearing glasses in high-risk areas such as the flight deck” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090729-09 - Release Date: 7/29/2009 4:38:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Adam Randolph, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
Group Sail Sharpens Critical Skills Necessary for Mission Accomplishment, Global Deployment
“Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 set sail on 20 July 2009 for a three-day group sail off the coast of Washington to hone skills Sailors need when executing the nation's maritime strategy.
Comprised of USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Ingraham (FFG- 61), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) and numerous Navy surface and subsurface vessels, aircraft squadrons and Coast Guard commands, the group sail provided an opportunity for crews to focus on teamwork and communication.
"Our goal was to conduct squadron-level training at sea in support of the nation's maritime strategy," said Lt. Timothy Satrom, DESRON 9's submarine liaison. Through numerous surface warfare exercises, the crews were able to increase proficiencies by operating in a team-building environment designed to forge the squadron into a cohesive fighting unit.
Exercises included training in anti-submarine warfare, undersea warfare, anti-air warfare, maritime interdiction operations, fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft, division tactics, replenishment at sea, deck landing qualifications and small boat operations.
"During group sail, we saw naval sea power at its finest," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class (SW) Jason Maurer, a Sailor on board Ingraham. "It was an excellent training opportunity to track and fire on target with the gun. All the hard work and dedication from the Sailors made the group sail a successful event."
The Sailors involved sharpened their skills while on the open water and engaged in some friendly competition with the other ships.
"This time we enjoyed the company of our squadron and maneuvering together on the high seas against gusty winds and rolling seas," said Ensign Andrew Meyer, a junior officer on board Ingraham. "It was awe-inspiring to be executing precision formations and movement, commencing naval gunnery exercises in close proximity and occasionally battling the massive swells and white caps while riding small boats between vessels."
The ships returned to their homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., July 23 to continue on to the next step of their training” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090803-09 - Release Date: 8/3/2009 3:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - EVETRETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47341
090728-N-9860Y-003 - SEATTLE, Wash. (July 28, 2009) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92), based at Naval Station Everett, Wash., maneuvers through Elliot Bay to the Port of Seattle to participate in the 60th annual Seattle Seafair. Fleet Week activities afford the opportunity for U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guard personnel to experience what the local community has to offer as well as promote awareness of the maritime forces through tours and presentations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=74590
Momsen, Shoup Shine in Seafair
“Sailors from USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86) got to show Seattle-area civilians a little bit about life aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer from 29 July 29 to 2 August 2009 during Seattle's Seafair Fleet Week.
The ships hosted free tours, taking guests from the flight deck to the navigation bridge, demonstrating how to properly don a firefighting ensemble and the uses of different radars.
For Momsen tour guide Storekeeper 1st Class (SW) Michael Hamm, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., participating in fleet week meant an opportunity to demonstrate the hard work that goes into running a ship for Momsen's Pacific Northwest neighbors.
"It's a great experience, just getting to show the public what we do," Hamm said. "We're all proud of the ship and the work that goes into keeping it operating at a high level. We want people to see what we're out here doing every day.
"The people who come here to fleet week, they see how we work," Hamm said. "It's great. They also see that we're just like everybody else, but our job is just a little different."
Bev Pickton, of Renton, Wash., toured both Momsen and Shoup. Pickton said she was impressed with the professionalism of the crews. "The crews really know what they're doing. They're enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It's impressive," she said.
Pickton also said her favorite part of the day was getting to tour the bridge. "That's wheMomsen guide, Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Apprentice Cassie Dorau, of Bonham, Texas, said she was as excited to be at fleet week as the people who came for the tours.
"It's just a lot of fun. The weather's good, the people are glad to be here, and I get to tell them all about our ship. It's just been a good experience, and the people get to learn where their tax money goes," Doran said. Hamm said he hopes the people who tour his ship come away with a greater appreciation for the work it takes to run a Navy vessel.
"I hope people see our work, our dedication," Hamm said. "That's really the reason we're out here, so they can see how hard we work"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090807-13 - Release Date: 8/7/2009 2:51:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brad Wages, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SEATTLE (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47497
Program Provides Free Federal Certification to Sailors
“USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) held a class on 5 August 2009 to inform Sailors about the benefits of the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).
The program allows Sailors to earn a federal journeyman certification administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for free.
USMAP helps Lincoln Sailors take advantage of their work experience, whether it is in the shipyards or underway, by tracking their hours to earn a government certification to use in a resume or a career outside the Navy. All active-duty Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel with a high school diploma or general education degree are eligible to register for USMAP.
"It's a great program because you don't have to do any more than what you do during a normal work day," said Aviation Ordnance 1st Class Benjamin M. Herman, USMAP class instructor. "It is something you can take advantage of for your future. Some rates are so broad, you can choose a specific trade to become certified in. Each trade also requires a certain amount of working hours."
USMAP requires Sailors to log all on-the-job training (OJT) hours to get credit for their work. Registered members may choose to record their hours online or through paper records by request. Online or paper reports must be submitted to their records account on the Web site or by mail weekly, monthly and semi-annually. Each report requires a signature from someone in the member's chain of command verifying the hours.
Naval Education and Training command (NETC) recommends interested Sailors to sign up as soon as possible to receive credit for their OJT hours. Higher-ranking Sailors signing up to USMAP can receive a waiver to receive up to 50 percent of their OJT requirements. According to the Department of Labor, every 2,000 OJT hours equals 144 hours of classroom instruction. Certain certifications require 2,000 to 10,000 hours of OJT. An average Sailor doing a usual eight-hour work day five times a week can complete 2,000 hours every year. Some vocational oriented colleges offer college credits for completed apprenticeships.
"Everyone should take advantage of the program because it's like getting college credit, without classes taking up your time. There are no tests, and it doesn't take any money out of your pocket," said Herman. "If anything, you're putting money into your pocket because it can help your career outside the Navy” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090814-08 - Release Date: 8/14/2009 8:57:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentic Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).
090807-N-5019M-001 - YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 7, 2009) - Chief petty officer selectees run in formation during an early morning fitness session at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Chief petty officer induction prepares chief selectees to preserve the credibility of the chief petty officer community and prepares them for leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael R. Mulcare/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=74968
Lincoln Sailors Visit Seattle Children's Hospital, Offer 'Caps for Kids'
“USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Sailors of the Year and Sailors of the Quarter visited the Children's Hospital of Seattle on 11 August 2009 to deliver gifts to more than 100 children and families.
Sailors presented sick children with Lincoln command baseball caps and gave them certificates designating them "honorary crew members."
"The Sailors brought smiles and excitement to the kids. It brightened their spirits and took their minds off their illnesses, if just for a few hours. They felt very special to receive real Navy hats and certificates making them honorary Sailors. We also gave them photographs of the ship, patches and coins." said Cmdr. Michael Barber, said Lincoln's chaplain.
The kids were certainly excited to see Lincoln Sailors, but it may have been the Sailors who felt the greatest impact from the visit.
"We felt honored to be invited into the children's playroom, where we met a number of sick children. It made us feel good to bring some joy to these kids' lives. One young boy said Lincoln looked even better than the ship on 'Transformers,'" said Barber.
Crew members gave away 42 baseball caps to children too ill to walk during their visit. They also gave photos and patches to the brothers and sisters of the sick children. Whether the child was in minor or critical condition, staying for a day or an extended period, parents and children both seemed to enjoy the company Lincoln Sailors provided.
"A number of parents thanked the Sailors for serving as we left," said Barber.
Caps for Kids is a Navy Office of Community Outreach program that provides baseball caps to sick children in hospitals throughout the nation” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090828-08 - Release Date: 8/28/2009 5:00:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SEATTLE (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47938
Lincoln Planned Availability on Track at Halfway Mark
“USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) reached the halfway point of its Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) Bremerton, Wash., by August 21st, 2009. Although the crew and shipyard is on track to finish the availability on time, the upcoming months are critical for a successful PIA.
From May to August, maintenance teams have been put in place to ensure Lincoln reaches its 50-year longevity mark in good condition. Lincoln Sailors and PSNS shipyard workers have been working diligently on the removal of corrosion, rehabilitation of crew living spaces, tiling, painting and cabling.
Topside, the ship's catwalks, safety net and island are undergoing preservation, to include the replacement of numerous bridge windows. Lincoln's Deck Department also refurbished 720 feet of anchor chain. Completing the preservation three months ahead of schedule helped ensure the ship's rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) were overhauled in time for Lincoln's next deployment.
At the half-way point, the tile team has replaced decking in 50 spaces covering almost 7,000 square feet. The paint team has completed 161 jobs, with roughly 160 to go. The cable team has pulled 1,500 feet of dead-end cable.
"Sometimes the paint and tile teams are slowed down due to all the ventilation hoses running in and out of spaces, so the challenge can actually be getting into the spaces. But once the contractors are done, the Sailors get right back to work," said Cmdr. Bradford P. Bittle, Lincoln's chief engineer.
Not all the work on board Lincoln has been repair work. Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) has chosen Lincoln to be the test carrier for three prototype ovens. The new ovens will replace the old models in Lincoln's forward galley, aft galley and chief petty officer mess.
"The ovens are designed to cook food faster and make the process easier,' said Lt. Cmdr. Joseph M. Gilmore, Lincoln's principal assistant for services officer. "We will gather performance data on these new ovens throughout our next deployment cycle and provide feedback to CNAF," said Gilmore.
"The ovens are programmable and will be set up specifically for the fleet 14-day cycle menu which should enhance product quality and decrease any cooking variability," said Gilmore. "They self-clean and are supposed to require less maintenance."
The information gathered from the prototypes during the upcoming months should indicate how much of an improvement the ovens will make in the fleet.
The oven install is just one example of the many upgrades and new features that will give Lincoln a new feel as the crew moves forward in the PIA. Gilmore said the ship's laundry services are going through a complete grooming process, as well as having their decks repaired and resurfaced. The self-serve laundry areas are also being upgraded with some new equipment and decking.
There will also be an upgrade to the ship's computer system on a new local area network (LAN). "The system upgrade is designed for repairs to be made easier and for more dependability," said Bittle. "The capacity will stay the same." Sailors can expect slightly faster internet speeds but shouldn't expect them to be broadband-like, said Bittle.
Several key events are approaching as the crew moves into the second half of the PIA.
Propulsion testing, watchbill validation, LAN upgrades and the completion of the flight deck are all scheduled during September and October. In October, the habitat team will renovate 30 living spaces in preparation for Sailors to move back on board.
October will be a critical time for top-side production, to include new deckplate covers for the catapults and, with the assistance of civilian contractors, 210,000 square feet of new non-skid coating will be laid. Bittle said once Lincoln is refurbished and all equipment is operational, sea trials are scheduled to begin next year. Focus will shift from production to qualifications and readiness for sea.
In addition to training and completion of shipyard work, Sailors are attending Navy schools. Since August 2008, Lincoln Sailors have completed more than 2,000 schools with about 300 more scheduled between now and the end of September. "So far, the crew is doing very well maintaining these efforts while in the yards," said Bittle” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090823-01 - Release Date: 8/23/2009 12:54:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colby K. Neal, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47812
Lincoln Gets "Props" During Availability
As reported on 26 August 2009, “during the course of USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in Bremerton, Wash., the ship has been refitted and refurbished from bow to stern. Bulkheads have been repainted, decks retiled and machinery replaced. Recently a team of divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 Detachment Bangor Sailors and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) civilian contractors used explosives to blast propeller 3 from its shaft underneath the carrier August 14th.
This propeller is one of four five-bladed propellers that power the ship through the water. Each propeller weighs roughly 58,000 pounds and is 21 feet in diameter. "Prop number three was degraded and had a large accumulation of rust," said J. Jack McGowan, a PSNS explosives safety officer. "We had to remove the propeller with explosives to loosen it from the shaft." Preparing for blast-off, the planning team held several briefs to ensure the safety of all involved. Base security and PSNS fire department were on standby for emergencies.
Lincoln Sailors set material condition Zebra, a condition providing the ship the highest degree of watertight integrity, from the third deck down, and from frames 200 to 235 as a safety precaution should the explosion not go according to plan. Planners were prepared for a shock wave from the blast. "We had to stand by all blast zone areas and secure all passageways near the shaft alley of any unnecessary personnel in case a blast accidentally and starts a leak," said Aviation Ordnance 1st Class Charles Rhodes, of Lincoln's Safety Department. "We also put safety signs and tape around the aft side of the flight deck to prevent any Sailors from incurring injuries during this process."
The process for removing the propeller involved a lot more than just applying the explosives and standing back. The divers used a manila line to wrap the shaft to a depth of about three inches. Next, they wrapped a detonating cord containing about 0.2 pounds of explosives outside the manila line. Lastly, the divers installed wood crush blocks between the aft and forward faces of the propeller to contain the explosion.
After the explosion, divers waited 30 minutes before returning to the water to ensure that debris from the blast had settled. According to McGowan, the blastoff was a success. "This blastoff was a team effort among Code 106, the base, the project, and the ship," he said. "Everyone was extremely careful and stuck to their jobs. If it wasn't for careful planning and safety, the blastoff wouldn't have been successful; there were no injuries and the ship has its propeller” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090826-04 - Release Date: 8/26/2009 5:21:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jerine Lee and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brad Wages, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=47813