Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington from

16 April 2009 to 13 January 2010

Chapter XXIV

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) conducted a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington from 16 April 2009 to 13 January 2010. Abraham Lincoln off-loaded ordnance in the Eastern Pacific from 6 to 9 April 2009, in preparation for a scheduled PIA at PSNS & IMF and returned to Naval Station, Everett, Washington on 10 April 2009, pulling in for a scheduled PIA at PSNS & IMF, commencing PIA on 16 April 2009, off-loading ordnance in preparation for a scheduled PIA in the Eastern Pacific from 6 to 9 April 2009. Abraham Lincoln and PSNS & IMF have worked side-by-side since the ship began its PIA on 16 April 2009, to ensure that Lincoln is ready to accomplish its mission at sea. The rehabilitation team works with PSNS contractors in a coordinated effort to completely strip crew berthing and refurbish them back to new. 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln’s 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. As reported on 5 June 2009, “one Sailor aboard Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 5 June 2009, a Abraham Lincoln 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. The commander of Carrier Strike Group 9 visited Abraham Lincoln to meet with Sailors and hear their concerns on 9 June 2009 during the ship's 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. Twenty-three Sailors from Abraham Lincoln 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 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. Sailors from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln 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 PIA. A Sailor from Abraham Lincoln helped kickoff the baseball team Kitsap Bluejackets' military appreciation night at the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton on 15 June 2009. Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 3 July 2009, a Sailor from Abraham Lincoln 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. A Sailor from Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 13 July 2009, Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln have taken advantage of the many college degree opportunities offered by the Navy while the ship is undergoing a major PIA at PSNS & IMF. 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. As reported on 13 July 2009, “a Sailor stationed aboard Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 15 July 2009, Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 29 July 2009, fifteen Sailors from Abraham Lincoln 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. 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. To promote a better understanding of domestic violence among the crew, Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. As reported on 29 July 2009, Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln 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. 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. 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. Abraham Lincoln's 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. Abraham Lincoln's 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." Abraham Lincoln's reached the halfway point of its 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 now have 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, a critical time for top-side production, that included 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. Lincoln Gets "Props" During Availability. As reported on 26 August 2009, “during the course of Abraham Lincoln's 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. As reported on 12 September 2009, USS Ingraham (FFG-61), of Destroyer Squadron 9 welcomed a new addition in July with the installation of the MK38 MOD II 25mm chain gun. Ingraham is the first frigate in the fleet to receive the new system, but it has been utilized on other classes of Navy ships. As reported on 12 September 2009, Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees Abraham Lincoln are making the transition from petty officer first class to chief petty officer. For many of these selectees, the biggest challenge lies in completing the rite-of-passage known as Chief's Induction. From group PT to fund raising and classroom study, the road to becoming a chief is a process only achieved through time, effort and dedication. As reported on 14 September 2009, two Abraham Lincoln Sailors took gold in the All-Military Northwest Clam Chowder Cook-Off contest on 7 August 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. They competed against Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy contestants and were judged on presentation, quality of taste, and overall skill. The panel of judges, comprised of two chiefs and two officers, awarded Seaman Apprentice Adrian Flannery and Seaman Apprentice Jay Nguyen the gold medal for the best chowder among 11 other teams. As reported on 14 September 2009, two Abraham Lincoln Sailors took gold in the All-Military Northwest Clam Chowder Cook-Off contest on 7 August 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. They competed against Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy contestants and were judged on presentation, quality of taste, and overall skill. The panel of judges, comprised of two chiefs and two officers, awarded Seaman Apprentice Adrian Flannery and Seaman Apprentice Jay Nguyen the gold medal for the best chowder among 11 other teams. In addition to Lincoln grabbing gold at the contest, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kenny Tello and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Adam Walko, placed third and took home the bronze.Lincoln's Food Services is the proven top department among Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier galleys at preparing consistently good meals to the crew. This contest offered the opportunity to showcase their efforts and talent. “Abraham Lincoln was awarded the Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, a prestigious Food Services award for the best aircraft carrier galley in the Pacific in the Large Afloat class for Food Service Excellence for 2009. This year marks the fourth time that Lincoln has won the Ney award, also winning in “1998, 2001 (author of this article notes the award date as 2002), 2003 and 2009. Lincoln was runner up in 1999 and 2006. EQNEEDF Note: In February 2002 (Ref. & 378B-2002), the Food Service Division was announced as the winner of the 2001 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award. The Ney Memorial Awards Program is co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy and the Internal Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) to recognize quality food and customer service in both shore and afloat commands. The goal of the award is to improve the quality of life for Navy personnel. First place winners and runners up are scheduled to be recognized during an IFSEA conference, March 31, in San Diego. Awards will be presented during the joint military and IFSEA excellence in food service awards ceremony that evening. As reported on 22 October 2009, Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln continue to earn warfare pins during the ship's PIA period. In a shipyard environment, there is a misconception among Sailors that it is impossible to earn an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) or Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist (EAWS) pin. However, 50 Lincoln Sailors have earned their warfare pins to date. As reported on 29 October 2009, Abraham Lincoln is serving as the test-bed for a new local area network (LAN) that will provide Sailors unmatched network reliability and user capacity at sea. "We were chosen to be the first for this install because [the Navy] knew we could pull it off," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Darren Counts, automated data processing (ADP) leading chief petty officer. The new LAN replaces old hardware with a much more efficient 2007 configuration, which includes the use of blade servers. Should a server fail, these will allow Lincoln's ADP division to get the server back up in a matter of minutes. It would previously take ADP two to three hours to get an old server back online. "On the old system, we had to restore the system from a backup," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Hermino Cotto, ADP server supervisor. "On the new system, we can instantaneously move the data [from the downed server] to another server and quickly get it up and running again." Aside from reliability, approximately 1,215 users will be able to log-in to Lincoln's network making internet more feasible for Sailors on board. The previous limit was 932. One of the keys to making the new LAN work as efficiently as possible is the use of upgraded software and computers. Lincoln has received all-new personal computers to enhance the new network experience. The new PCs operate using Windows XP instead of Windows 2000, and will use Microsoft Office 2007 for productivity instead of the previously-used Office 2003. According to Cotto, the new PCs have dual-core Intel processors instead of single-core Pentium 4 processors, and a 150 gigabyte hard drive installed. The network and computers also feature the use of common access card (CAC) cards for logging in. In addition to increased reliability and speed, the new LAN will be more secure from outside attacks and viruses, featuring numerous layers of advanced network protection. To ensure the new LAN is in place on time and is effective for the crew, ADP has been working tirelessly since PIA began. "All hands have been working on this every day, after hours and even weekends," said Counts. "Every person in the division is involved; we have to be to be successful." Counts said that so far the LAN install is on schedule and ADP is happy with how it's working out. "Without the dedication of everyone in ADP with the help of electronic data processing (EDP), we wouldn't be on track like we are," said Counts. "The troops here have done just a fantastic job. USS Momsen Hosts Vancouver High-Ranking Officials - USS Momsen (DDG-92) hosted a reception for a group of distinguished visitors on 27 September 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia as an act of friendship and good will among two neighboring nations. The reception consisted of over 80 guests, including high ranking government and military officials from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Navy, and the U.S. Consulate General to Canada. The Abraham Lincoln celebrated the postal clerk (PC), storekeeper (SK) rating merger to logistics specialist (LS) with a team building ceremony on 1 October 2009. SKs maintain the ship's supply stores. Their responsibilities include purchasing, shipping and receiving, and issuing of equipment, tools, consumable items or anything purchased through the Naval Supply System. PCs are in charge of all postal services on the ship, including sending mail, collecting postage-due mail, preparing declarations and outgoing mail, and cancelling stamps. They also maintain a variety of record keeping and reporting duties. The merger brought both rates in the supply division as one to diversify their skills. As reported on 9 October 2009, “USS Ingraham (FFG 61), homeported in Everett, Wash., is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) efforts in American Samoa with its embarked helicopters allowing Governor Tulafono and FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Kenneth J. Tingman to survey damage while also conducting a search and rescue mission. Sailors from Ingraham are also provided medical assistance and cleared debris ashore. Abraham Lincoln Health Services Department inoculated more than 2,000 Sailors from 5 to 9 October 2009 with the Flumist (live) vaccination to prevent influenza outbreaks during this flu season. As reported on 20 October 2009, Abraham Lincoln recognizes the harm that smoking cigarettes can cause and offers a treatment program to Sailors who are serious about quitting tobacco. The four-week cessation program provides Sailors the support needed to kick the habit. Health Services Department holds classes every Thursday at 8 a.m., and covers various methods of quitting, offers personalized treatment, and helps establishing a quit date. As reported on 24 October 2009, “Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) has chosen Abraham Lincoln to be the test bed for brand new technologically advanced ovens that could potentially be used onboard all U. S. aircraft carriers. Lincoln is testing three different ovens, the Boldgett Hydrovection, Rational Combi, and Alto Shaam Combi-therm. They will be tested to see which is more suitable and durable. The ovens can be programmed to cook a certain item at specific times, and will all be programmed with the Navy standard menu. Everything on the menu has an individual menu card that instructs the culinary specialists exactly how to prepare the item. Now it will all be saved in the oven's memory. "Now the culinary specialist doesn't have to read off the card and set everything accordingly. It's as simple as pressing a few buttons," said Culinary Specialist First Class Eric Russell, the ship's oven expert. For example, the menu card for beef roast rib says to roast the meat for three to four hours at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the oven knows this, the CS just has to look under the beef section for roast rib and the oven knows the exact temperature and time left to cook. A Abraham Lincoln Sailor placed fifth among the 21,379 runners who crossed the finish line in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on 25 October 2009. "This time I really just wanted to jump into it and just go for it," said Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Corey Duquette, of Pensacola, Fla., who ran the 26.2 mile race through the nation's capitol, crossing the Marine Corps War Memorial finish line with an impressive 2:27:34 time. Duquette has placed in the top ten in all five marathons he has participated in, placing third in last year's MCM. Abraham Lincoln welcomed aboard its new executive officer on 10 November 2009. "I'm truly excited to be here," said Executive Officer Cmdr. Timothy Kuehhas. "Abraham Lincoln Sailors have a reputation around the fleet for working hard and performing with excellence. My goal is for next year's deployment to be as successful as the last one." Abraham Lincoln has began daily flying squad, general quarters (GQ) and integrated training team (ITT) drills on 1 December 2009, to prepare for its first underway after the planned incremental availability that began in April. These drills are vital for preparing the crew for all types of damage control (DC) causalities and emergencies that could arise during combat and normal underway operations. "DC maintenance is very important, the ship needs to be sensitive to the readiness of all DC equipment," said Chief Warrant Officer Wagner Walker, Lincoln's fire marshal. "We need everybody's eyes, so we can get the ship ready for command assessment readiness training phase II." Once the ship gets underway, the crew can expect to run two ITT and GQ drills per week, as well as four flying squad drills. The crew should also be prepared to begin running drills they may be unfamiliar with, such as casualty power, mass conflagration, and bio-chemical attack drills. Abraham Lincoln Sailors volunteered to assemble bicycles at the Annual KMPS Radio (Compass Radio) Bike Drive held for the Forgotten Children's Fund, Everett Navy League and Santa's Castle of Fort Lewis and Fort Mchord on 10 December 2009. The bike drive is held every year by KMPS radio at Fred Meyer. The station plays live from the store while the volunteers assemble the bikes. People can buy bikes or call in and send money to purchase bikes, helmets and food for a family in need. This year the drive collected more than 600 bikes and raised over $40,000.00 for grocery items. This all started when Forgotten Children's Fund Event Coordinator Cindie Murphy wanted to do something for those who worked hard but just didn't have enough to go around. Adding military charities to the fundraiser broadened the reach of the event. As reported on 7 December 2009, “everyone has their favorite foods, and for a lot of people nothing compares to some good old fashioned home cooking. There's nothing better than a dish people can remember eating their entire life. For Culinary Specialist Seaman Jeremy P. Pierre, of New Orleans, nothing compares to his family's recipe for New Orleans style ribs, which was recently been picked up by the official Navy cookbook to be used throughout the fleet. When Pierre heard the news, it took him completely by surprise. "I felt completely overwhelmed," said Pierre. "I never really expected for it to get in, and I was completely surprised when FSO (Food Service Officer) told me it made it in." Abraham Lincoln marked 41 consecutive days without out a driving under the influence (DUI) influence on 18 December 2009. The standard for Lincoln Sailors, as set by Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall, is always zero DUIs, however the streak of 41 days remains noteworthy because of the team effort of the entire crew. Not only have DUIs decreased by 53 percent, overall alcohol related incidents have also decreased by 50 percent in comparison to the ship's last PIA from September 2006 to June 2007. The Navy announced that it would reassign Abraham Lincoln Security Division from the Weapons Department to the Operations Department prior to October 2005. The ship proactively accomplished this move by August 2005, which thrust the division into a new environment. Abraham Lincoln redesignated her Ship Self Defense Force the Naval Security Force, and utilized ship’s company to augment the force. She thus established the Integrated Security Force; each department on board supported a team of 102 sailors who melded into the Security Division to protect the ship while she visited ports. This involved extensive training regimens for crewmembers that included tactical team movements and basic law enforcement procedures. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln began simulating an at sea environment on 8 January 2010 in preparation for their first underway since April 2009. This underway, known as a fast cruise, ensures the ship's equipment is in good working condition and personnel are fully trained and efficient in their duties. "Fast cruise is here to help the crew get used to going underway," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class Diomel Laforteza, leading petty officer of Engineering division. "It's also the time for us to check all our equipment and make sure it's up and running. Firefighting equipment, alarms, and even the 1MC all need to be in good working order." The crew performed several training evolutions including general quarters, flying squad and underway replenishment (UNREP) drills which prepare Lincoln for many scenarios that take place underway, while also ensuring all Sailors are able to effectively man their watches. "We can't run some of these exercises in port," said Grattan. "We've only had personnel on the UNREP station once during the whole shipyard period. Fast cruise will help verify that we can accomplish our tasks proficiently by training personnel on those stations." While fast cruise is important for training Sailors and testing their proficiency, it also prepares the crew in another way. Fast cruise ran approximately four days, with a pause in the middle to repair any discrepancies found during testing and training” (Ref. 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(NNS); Story Number: NNS091009-09 - Release Date: 10/9/2009 11:33:00 AM - By Ensign Todd Chen, USS Ingraham Public Affairs, AMERICAN SAMOA (NNS); Story Number: NNS091021-06 - Release Date: 10/21/2009 5:18:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS); Story Number: NNS091020-14 - Release Date: 10/20/2009 1:05:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS); Story Number: NNS091024-07 - Release Date: 10/24/2009 5:24:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jacquelyn Childs, USS Abraham Lincoln(CVN-72) Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash (NNS); Story Number: NNS091107-04 - Release Date: 11/7/2009 7:10:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. 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Airman Jeffery Auman heaves a mooring line aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

 

100113-N-1745W-027 - BREMERTON, Wash. (Jan. 13, 2010) - Airman Jeffery Auman, from Kingman, Ariz., heaves a mooring line aboard the the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during the ship's departure from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Lincoln completed a nine-month availability and will soon begin sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon C. Wilson/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=79818

 

Lincoln Underway for Sea Trials

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington, for Sea Trials after an intensive nine-month maintenance period on 13 January 2010.

The underway period for sea trials and other testing and training is expected to last approximately five days, ending in the successful completion of the ship's
Planned Incremental Availability at PSNS.

Once Sea Trials are complete,
Lincoln will return to its homeport of Everett, Wash., for further training and integration with the ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 9.

"Sea Trials are a culmination of a year's worth of diligent planning and hard work," said Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Patrick D. Hall. "Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Forces, and the
Lincoln crew really came together as a team to make this a successful maintenance period."

The more than 90 checks and exercises planned for
Sea Trials include a ship-wide Navy Occupational Safety and Health inspection and review of the ship's asbestos control program.

An inspection of the ship's catapults and jet blast deflectors will be conducted, as well as inspections of the ship's berthings, operational checks of aviation fueling systems, and demonstrations of search and rescue equipment.

Firefighting capabilities, food service facilities, communication, radar, and navigation equipment will also be evaluated to determine the ship's mission readiness.

"I'm extremely proud of what this crew has accomplished over the past year," said Hall. "
Lincoln is ready to become operational, execute our nation's maritime strategy and rejoin the fleet as a global force for good” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100113-07 - Release Date: 1/13/2010 7:08:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).

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The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits Puget Sound. Abraham Lincoln has been pier side at Puget Sound Naval

 

100113-N-XXXXH-001 - BREMERTON, Wash. (Jan. 13, 2010) - The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits Puget Sound. Abraham Lincoln has been pier side at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for nine months undergoing a complete overhaul during a planned incremental availability. Abraham Lincoln will soon undergo sea trials for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=79840

 

Lincoln Air Department Prepares for Upcoming Certification

 

“Although sea trials began aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 13 January 2010, the ship's Air Department Sailors are already training to pass flight deck certifications. Lincoln Air Department personnel are focused on successfully passing an upcoming three-day evaluation which will challenge Sailors in all aspects of flight deck operations. Beginning mid-February, evaluators from Commander, Naval Air Forces will examine Lincoln's air department and the embarked air wing through a standardized script of flight and hangar deck evolutions, the Flight Deck Certification.

Successful
Flight Deck Certification ensures Lincoln's Air Department can conduct flight operations for flying days lasting more than 12 hours. This will also certify Lincoln's Jet Propellant (JP)-5 fuel system to accept, store, purify and distribute more than 3.2 million gallons of jet fuel. "We have to pass 50 launch and recovery evolutions, including refueling, parking and moving aircraft to be successful in the flight deck certification," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Chief Petty Officer Chris Klopfer, the ship's flight deck leading chief petty officer.

 

Training and preparation for the flight deck certification began months ago during Lincoln's Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). The air department conducted flight deck drills monthly on the now decommissioned USS Ranger (CV-61). To receive further training, Lincoln airmen were sent to additional schools as well as embarking underway aircraft carriers such as the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68), receiving training on self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs), stretcher bearing, portable fire extinguishers and firefighting exercises.

 

"The biggest concern was that we've been in the shipyard for nine months so people's skills were rusty. And we've had a high crew turnover, so we had to get the new guys qualified," said Klopfer. "We had to get our team back together and back in the game."
In addition to the flight deck certification, the air department has been busy since June preparing for the
Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Multiple tiger teams were formed within the department to focus on INSURV preparation.

 

"We have spent months inspecting and logging discrepancies of all our spaces and equipment for the upcoming INSURV visit," said Cmdr. Bradley T. Jensen, Lincoln's air officer. "While training extensively in Material, Maintenance, Management (3M) and damage control areas, we have raised the overall awareness and knowledge level of every individual so we can demonstrate to the inspectors we have the ability to safely and efficiently operate our ship." With all the qualifications, drills and exercises, the air department is optimistic for their upcoming trials.


"We have the skills, training and the most professional, talented community of carrier experts," said Jensen. "The key to establishing that reputation comes from working as a team and continuously striving for perfection. Our air department does a great job assuring that mindset is exercised everyday whether in the fuel rooms, on the hangar bay or the flight deck” (Ref. Story Number:
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Lincoln Completes Shipyard Availability Early after Successful Sea Trials

 

As reported on 16 January 2010, “After getting underway on 13 January 2010 for the first time in nine months, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed its maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) ahead of schedule after successfully completing Sea Trials, returning to Naval Station, Everett, Washington on the 16th. Lincoln departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Wash., for Sea Trials after an intensive nine-month maintenance period on 13 January 2010.

Over the
Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), Lincoln underwent several upgrades, alterations and installments, culminating in thousands of man hours and millions of dollars in critical work that will ensure the ship is ready for her next two deployments. According to Abe's Chief Engineer Cmdr. Bradford Bittle, of Des Moines, Iowa, Abe's first underway for sea trials served as the final exam for PIA to ensure everything worked properly.

Success of the $350-million overhaul can be attributed to the combined effort of
Lincoln's Sailors, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and IMF, the Naval Supervising Authority, and Todd Pacific Shipyard; the multi ship, multi option private sector partner on the job. Some of the bigger projects undertaken included a complete modification of hangar bay one, replacing all four of the ship's propellers, remodeling the media department and training spaces with advanced technology, upgrading the ship's computer systems, and modernizing the entire flight deck.

"A lot of work went into this yard period so that
Lincoln could withstand two deployments before needing the next yard period," said Bittle. Lincoln's longest modification this PIA was a remodel of the existing 02 level mezzanine in hangar bay one, which now provides a single platform, the Universal Aviation Mission Pod Ready Service (AMPRS) to accommodate the new H-60R/S Seahawk helicopters. This modification removed five obsolete EA-6B Prowler Legacy Test Bench Installations, the ALQ-99 Weapons Repairable Assembly racks, and the entire existing mezzanine deck.


The installations, including a new deck with a grid of 7,000 deck anchor holes, will accommodate the storage of avionics equipment needed for the H-60R/S
Lincoln will house when Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 is embarked. "Before we had the AMPRS, ALQ-99 Weapons Repairable Assemblies were repaired in two separate work centers and then stored in the old mezzanine," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cesar Astorga, Lincoln's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's avionics officer. "Now, they can all be repaired in one work center and stored in the AMPRS, which makes the process of serving the air wing more efficient."

Lincoln also upgraded to a new local area network (LAN), providing Sailors network reliability and user capacity unmatched on an aircraft carrier, along with new computers that connect faster and improve multi-tasking capabilities. The ship is the first aircraft carrier to be fully Common Access Card (CAC) enforced for user logins.

 

The new LAN replaces 1980s-style hardware to a much more efficient configuration using blade servers. Should a server fail, the blade server will allow Lincoln's Automated Data Processing (ADP) division to get it back up and running in a matter of minutes, where as it used to take between two to three hours.

Aside from reliability, approximately 1,215 users are able to log in to
Lincoln's network making e-mail and Internet more accessible for Sailors on board. Bittle said at the height of the maintenance period, there were more than 2,000 shipyard workers and contractors on board, completing a combined 320,000 man-days of work. Lincoln's crew also contributed 54,000 man-days in getting Lincoln back to full capability, in addition to simultaneously completing thousands of days of training.

Bittle said the ship's force set high expectations and met them during
PIA, and that helped Lincoln and civilian contractors reach their goal. "Our expectations were on-time delivery and 100% ready to fight, and we met those goals with flying colors," he said. Much of the success of the shipyard period can be attributed to diligent planning, which began in 2008 during and upon return from an overseas deployment.

"The chief's mess and
Lincoln Sailors created a good maintenance plan before hand, and when it came time to execute they were ready," Bittle said. "They did a great job planning all the work, and it made my job easier." Bittle said because the ship accurately planned what work needed to be done, it was able to appropriately choose the teams of Sailors needed to complete the work on time. According to Bittle, there were 11 teams of Sailors, called Tiger Teams, who worked various jobs on Lincoln to get the ship through PIA. Teams included a deck team, who tiled more than 120 decks; the habitability team, which overhauled 30 berthings and 11 heads; the paint team, which painted more than a tenth of the ship; and the cable team, who found and removed 130 potentially dangerous dead-end cables.

Other notable statistics from the nine month shipyard period, in addition to finishing on early, include a 50% reduction in alcohol-related incidents and a 25% reduction in safety mishaps compared to the last
PIA. "The ship is in much better material condition now than it was before we were in the yards," said Bittle. "Now we can begin to exercise all our training teams, watch standers, engineering and weapons systems so we can integrate into a full Strike Group.

 

 (Ref. Story Number: NNS100116-24 - Release Date: 1/16/2010 4:46:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD, At Sea (NNS), Story Number: NNS100113-07 - Release Date: 1/13/2010 7:08:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) & Story Number: NNS100116-26 - Release Date: 1/16/2010 4:50:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50575

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2009 YEAR END REPORT

Chapter XXIV

Appendix I

 

 

Command Composition and Organization of Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2009” (Ref. 378B).

 

The ship's chain of command as of 31 December 2009 was:

 

Commander in Chief

President George Walker Bush, 2001 -2009 - 43rd

President Barack H. Obama

2009– 44th

Secretary of Defense

The Honorable Robert M. Gates 
18 Dec 2006 - 1 Jul 2011 - 22nd

Secretary of the Navy

The Honorable Donald C. Winter - 74th

3 Jan 2006 - 13 May 2009

The Honorable Raymond Edwin "Ray" Mabus / Ray Mabus - Incumbent - 75th

19 May 2009 -

Chief of Naval Operations

ADM Gary R. Roughead - 29th

29 Sep 2007 - 23 Sep 2011

COMPACFLT, former *CINCPACFLT

ADM Robert F. Willard - 58th

8 May 2007 - 25 Sep 2009

ADM Patrick M. Walsh - 59th

25 Sep 2009 – 20 Jan 2012

COMNAVAIRPAC

VADM James M. Zortman - 29th

Aug 2002 - Aug 2004

Carrier Strike Group 9

RDML Scott Swift

9 Oct 2008 – 29 Jan 2001

 

*Between 1907 and December 6, 1922, and between February 1, 1941 and October 24, 2002.

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Organizational Structure. During calendar year 2009, Captain Patrick D. Hall served as Commanding Officer. Cmdr. Timothy Kuehhas served as Executive Officer and CMDCM  …..served as Command Master Chief.

 

Abraham Lincoln welcomed aboard its new executive officer on 10 November 2009. "I'm truly excited to be here," said Executive Officer Cmdr. Timothy Kuehhas. "Abraham Lincoln Sailors have a reputation around the fleet for working hard and performing with excellence. My goal is for next year's deployment to be as successful as the last one"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS091116-06 - Release Date: 11/16/2009 11:50:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=49639

 

Department Heads serving aboard Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2009 were:

 

Commanding Officer - CO

CAPT Patrick D. Hall

Executive Officer - XO

Cmdr. Timothy Kuehhas

Administrative Officer

 

Administrative Officer

 

Air Officer

 

AIMD Officer

Staff: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Gustafson

Combat Systems Officer

 

Religious Department - RMD - Command Chaplain

 

Legal Department - Command Judge Advocate

Lt. Cmdr. David C. Peck

Dental Officer

 

Engineering Officer

Cmdr. Bradford P. Bittle. Staff: Lt. Cmdr. David C. Grattan, the engineering training coordinator; Lt. Cmdr. Gilbert Lara, damage control assistant

Deck - First Lieutenant

 

Communications Officer

 

Maintenance Officer

 

Senior Medical Officer

 

Navigator

 

Operations Officer

 

Public Affairs - PAO

 

Reactor Officer

 

Safety Officer

 

Supply Officer

 

Training Officer

 

Weapons Officer

 

 

The following accomplishments highlight Abraham Lincoln’s performance in CY 2009:

 

Abe Sailor Named Radiation Health Technician of the Year

 

As reported on 13 March 2009, “a Sailor from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was recognized with the Navy's 2008 Radiation Health Technician of the Year Award. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW) Sherriel Johnson, of Aiken, S.C., received the award the first week of February for her outstanding performance as a radiation health technician. "I was really surprised." Johnson said. "I was called to the front of quarters by the radiation health officer and he announced I was the winner"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090313-09 - Release Date: 3/13/2009 3:53:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron Hubner, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=43437

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington and commenced a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) on 16 April 2009, off-loading ordnance in preparation for a scheduled PIA in the Eastern Pacific from 6 to 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).

 

Lincoln First Carrier to Get LAN Upgrade

 

As reported on 29 October 2009, “USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) is serving as the test-bed for a new local area network (LAN) that will provide Sailors unmatched network reliability and user capacity at sea. "We were chosen to be the first for this install because [the Navy] knew we could pull it off," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Darren Counts, automated data processing (ADP) leading chief petty officer.

“The new LAN replaces old hardware with a much more efficient 2007 configuration, which includes the use of blade servers. Should a server fail, these will allow
Lincoln's ADP division to get the server back up in a matter of minutes. It would previously take ADP two to three hours to get an old server back online” (Ref. Story Number: NNS090929-04 - Release Date: 9/29/2009 12:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Gallagher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=48605

 

Abraham Lincoln was awarded the Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, a prestigious Food Services award for the best aircraft carrier galley in the Pacific in the Large Afloat class for Food Service Excellence for 2009. This year marks the fourth time that Lincoln has won the Ney award, also winning in “1998, 2001 (author of this article notes the awatrd date as 2002), 2003 and 2009. Lincoln was runner up in 1999 and 2006” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120205-11 - Release Date: 2/5/2012 8:47:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean R. Hillier, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65177

 

EQNEEDF Note: “In February 2002, the Food Service Division was announced as the winner of the 2001 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, a prestigious Food Services award for the best aircraft carrier galley in the Pacific in the Large Afloat class for Food Service Excellence” (Ref. 378B-2002).

 

Chapter XXIV (16 April 2009 to 13 January 2010) AD and Part III of III - 13 January 2010 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2009 YEAR END REPORT, Chapter XXIV, Appendix I

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

 

A Sailors Tale of His Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw

(24 April 1980)

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I (27 December 1982 to 6 May 2003)

 

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6 May 2003)

 

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. II (7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. III (14 January 2010 to 31 December 2012)

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History of Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)  (1 January 2013 to 2017)

 

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Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

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ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOY. HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS, EBOOKS & CD’s (48 Navy Books)

 

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