Tenth “WestPac” deployment and  her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and Operation New Dawn (OND), on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011).

Chapter XXVI

Part I of III - 7 September to 5 December 2010

Part II of III - 6 December 2010 to 23 March 2011

Part III of III - 24 March 2011 and

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2010 YEAR END REPORT

Chapter XXVI, Appendix I

 

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

Chapter XXVI, Appendix II

 

Chapter XXVI, Appendix I & II

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 embarked, departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 7 September 2010, with Captain John D. Alexander as Commanding Officer, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, on her tenth “WestPac” deployment and  her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and Operation New Dawn (OND), on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. She will under go her 12th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-2 (NE)

(7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) - Pacific Flt, 7th,  5th & Central Command (3rd North Arabian Sea dep.) (8th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.) (Two cruises to the Persian Gulf)

10th WestPac

2nd MSO

3rd OEF

OND

 

 

7 Sep 2010

24 Mar  2011

Western Pacific Middle East

Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

12th FWFD

199-days

2nd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect offshore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and Operation New Dawn (OND).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-2

Bounty Hunters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter - Trainer

NE100

FA-18F

VFA-137

Kestrels -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE200

FA-18E

VFA-151

Vigilantes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE300

 

FA-18C (N)

VFA-34

Blue Blasters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE400

 

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-131

Lancers -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler       Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NE500

EA-6B

VAW-116

Sun Kings -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C 2000 NP

HSC-12

Golden Falcons - Combat Support and Mine Countermeasures Helicopter

Airframe: Sikorsky -Aircraft (Lockheed Martin) - Seahawk

(aka Knighthawk)

610

MH-60S

HSM-77

Saberhawks - Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and
Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Helicopter

Airframe: Sikorsky -Aircraft (Lockheed Martin) -
Avionics:
Lockheed Martin Corp. -  Seahawk (aka Romeo)

710

MH-60R

VRC-30 Det. 2 (*1)

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

20, 35

C-2A NP

Will support approximately 80 aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, the E-2C Hawkeye  airborne early warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the S-3B Viking anti-submarine aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, and the multi-role SH-60F and MH-60 R/ S helicopters.

(*1) VRC-30 Det. 2 swapped two C-2As to VRC-30 Det..5 at the middle of February 2011

transferred 162159/NE-22 and 162166/NE-31 to VRC-30 Det. 5 and received 162150/NF-20 and 162176/NF-21 from VRC-30 Det. 5.

 

“Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) “Bounty Hunters, ” F/A-18E Hornets of  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes,” FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 “Blue Blasters,” EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, “Lancers,” E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116 and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det. TWO or VRC-30 Det. 2, Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HSC-12) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Mine Squadron (HSM-77)” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Commander Rear Adm. Scott Swift, relieved by Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini on 29 January 2010; which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 commander, Capt. John Eden, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 9, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, commander, Capt. Capt. Carol Hottenrott, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100923-05 - Release Date: 9/23/2010 8:56:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100929-03 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 5:51:00 AM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100130-07 - Release Date: 1/30/2010 7:06:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56136

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56177

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50960

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Eastern Pacific 7 to 9 September 2010” (Ref. 76).


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California and embarked CVW-2 on 10 September 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Conducts Training During Transit West

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and USS Halsey (DDG-97) departed San Diego, California on 11 September 2011 to head west and begin their scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AORs). While in the 7th Fleet AOR, a part of the globe covering more than 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will directly support the Navy's mission to promote peace, cooperation and regional stability, directly contributing to the growing prosperity and commerce in one of the busiest and most vital regions of the world. During their transit, they are engaging in a myriad of exercises to help them continue to be an effective arm of U.S. diplomacy abroad.

Lincoln's first order of business was carrier qualifications. Carrier Qualifications are a series of flight evolutions to ensure the ship, air wing and pilots are prepared for deployment. Pilots are typically required to complete four day landings and one landing at night to re-qualify. "Pilots must continuously train and re-qualify each time they've been away from the ship for a prolonged period of time," said Cmdr. Jim Bell, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 operations officer. "This ensures the ship and air wing team are ready to perform during the day and night safely, effectively and efficiently."

Cape St. George and Halsey performed complex air defense exercises, linking the networks of different Aegis platforms to establish airspace superiority and protection for the strike group. "Air defense is paramount to the safety of the carrier and strike group. We are able to communicate using our various systems and work as a team to protect the ships from airborne threats anywhere in the world," said Lt. Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, Cape St. George's combat systems officer. One of the great challenges in today's fully networked world is cyber defense.

 

The strike group is continuously exercising drills in order to be able to protect, monitor, analyze, detect and respond to unauthorized activity within their computer networks. "We are always continuing to evolve our networks. Protecting the network infrastructure against threats is a very important task especially considering intrusions into U.S. military networks has increased dramatically over the last decade," said Cmdr. Damian Blossey, Lincoln CSG's electronic warfare officer.

 

"The drills we run help better prepare us in the event of an actual network intrusion to minimize the effects of the attack." "The men and women wearing the uniform as maritime warriors are the essential components of a carrier strike group. Training is the key – the better trained we are, the easier it is to do those things that promote peace and stability in the maritime regions of the world," said Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander of Lincoln CSG.


CSG 9 consists of flagship
Abraham Lincoln, embarked CVW 2, USS Cape St. George and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as Halsey and USS Sterett (DDG-104), which will get underway from Naval Base San Diego in the near future” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100913-26 - Release Date: 9/13/2010 6:04:00 PM - By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=55955

 

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transits aft of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

 

100912-N-5386R-019 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2010) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) transits aft of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).  The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Robbins/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91569

 

Lt. j.g. Craig Mueller, from St. Louis, Mo., and Lt. j.g. Zach Decker, from Boulder, Co., monitor the defense systems aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

100913-N-4973M-012 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 13, 2010) - Lt. j.g. Craig Mueller, from St. Louis, Mo., and Lt. j.g. Zach Decker, from Boulder, Co., monitor the defense systems aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during exercises off the coast of Southern California. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91589

 

Lincoln's F/A-18 Hornets Train During Transit West

 

“F/A-18 Hornets launched from the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and dropped dozens of live weapons at surface targets during training in the Southern California Operating Area on 13 September 2010.

Less than one week into deployment,
Hornets and Super Hornets assigned to Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 2, 34, 137, and 151, employed Joint Stand off Weapons (JSOW), releasing 22 BLU-111 bombs and seven GBU-12 laser-guided bombs during the training evolution.

The JSOW is a precision air-to-surface missile with the capability to carry several different lethal packages. JSOW's flexible release ranges allow aircraft to remain outside the threat envelopes of enemy point defenses while effectively engaging and destroying targets. JSOW is a joint Navy-Air Force program, with the Navy as the lead service.

"Realistic training is critical. Practice with live weapons is what sets the U.S. Navy apart," said Lt. Luke Swain, Carrier Air Wing 2 Strike Operations Officer. "It takes a lot of preparation and planning to properly execute JSOW missions."

The pilots were not the only ones who benefited from the experience of the JSOW training.

"It's also good training for our aviation ordnancemen to load the weapon, because the JSOW is something they don't get to see every day," said Swain.

Abraham Lincoln is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of the nation's maritime strategy.

Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: 9/16/2010 4:54 - Release Date: 9/16/2010 4:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56001

 

Sailors transport weapons aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

100915-N-5277R-004 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2010) - Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Gusty Hilaire and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Eric Barras, both assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, move practice bombs across the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Riley/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91766

 

Abraham Lincoln CSG Warships Participate in War Game

 

“Four U.S. warships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) participated in a war game off the coast of Hawaii on 18 September 2010 using modern, high-tech tactics in an exercise reminiscent of the naval battles of yore.

Guided-missile cruiser USS
Cape St. George (CG-71) teamed up with guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) against destroyers USS Shoup (DDG-86) and USS Momsen (DDG-92) to engage in a battle of wits and maneuvering to see who would reign supreme in an epic battle of the seas. The pairs began the exercise on either side of the Hawaiian Islands.

 

Each team limited the use of their radars and communications systems for stealth and began their search for the "enemy." "We developed an in-depth plan based on enemy capabilities and limitations. Using that, we positioned ourselves optimally to maintain our stealth and execute the tactics we would expect to see used against us in an open-ocean fight." said Shoup's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joe Nadeau, a native of San Diego.

MH-60
Sea Hawk helicopters were launched from Shoup and Momsen to positively identify Halsey using their on board radar and forward looking infrared imagery. Once positive identification was made, Momsen "sunk" Halsey with a salvo of two "missiles" and continued their search for Cape St. George.

"The
Air Department demonstrated their flexibility and importance in developing a detailed tactical plot," said Lt. L. A. Gonzalez, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Momsen's chief engineer and tactical action officer during the exercise. "Using our Group's helicopter detachments we were able to track the enemy at range and engage at will."

This, however, gave away
Shoup and Momsen's position, and Cape St. George returned "fire," "sinking" both Shoup and Momsen to win the battle. The four ships, along with the rest of Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, conduct regular training and perform exercises to ensure a constant state of mission readiness. The strike group is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship of CSG 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, Cape St. George and the embarked Destroyer Squadron 9, which includes Momsen and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers Halsey and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100919-03 - Release Date: 9/19/2010 8:37:00 PM - By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56070

 

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group ships cruise in formation during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7).

 

100919-N-5226D-141 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2010) - The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group ships cruise in formation during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91854

 

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits across the Pacific Ocean.

 

100919-N-5226D-355 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2010) - The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits across the Pacific Ocean. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91893

 

The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) cruises in the Pacific Ocean.

 

100919-N-4997L-092 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2010) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) cruises in the Pacific Ocean. Shoup is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=91889

 

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Holds Chili Cook-Off at Sea

 

“Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 culinary specialists competed in a chili cook-off aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 20 September 2010.


Twelve cooks throughout CGS-9 were given the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test and showcase their talent. The cook-off gave culinary specialists a chance to break away from daily routines and test their knowledge and skills in the galley, creating different variations of their own chili.

 

"It's a great way to meet other chefs," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Thomas Helms, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 staff. "I wish everybody good luck."


Culinary specialists cook for thousands of Sailors each day using limited ingredients stored aboard. On a typical day aboard an aircraft carrier, culinary specialists serve approximately 15,000 meals and 2.5 million meals over the course of a six-month deployment. Normally as one meal is being served, the cooks are already making preparations for the next meal.

 

"I don't know what I'm up against," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Keith Williams, USS Cape St. George (CG-71). "This is my first time on a carrier and my first chili competition. I had to modify my recipe to up my game for this competition." Some of the cooks stirred up traditional recipes, like Williams, who used his father's old recipe for the cook-off. Others put their own spice into the event like making a Bloody Mary chili for the competition. Chili sampling and judging began at noon in the admiral's wardroom and was judged based on six categories: color, texture, flavor, spice, aroma and consistency.

 

"This is a good way to display our skills," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jonathon K. Yates. "Culinary specialists don't get to show what they can really do most of the time." Yates is a master certified food executive assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln, where he serves as the commanding officer's chef. Yates' assistant, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class William Felix, also helped make the chili. Both started preparations for their chili the night before.

The eight culinary specialist teams served samples to the five judges: Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9; Capt. Carol Hottenrott, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9; Capt. John Eden, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2; Capt. Bill Byrne, USS
Cape St. George commanding officer; and Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, USS Abraham Lincoln executive officer. "It is a great opportunity to foster some camaraderie in the strike group, and we get to taste the benefits," said Hottenrott.

 

After conferring with the other judges, Guadagnini declared the Yates and Felix team the winners of the chili cook-off. "It is a big accomplishment for me and Felix, being our first chili competition," said Yates. "We get to meet some of our colleagues on other ships and see some old familiar faces. We learn from each other and hope we get the opportunity to do other competitions in the future” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100923-05 - Release Date: 9/23/2010 8:56:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56136

 

Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Flexes Counter-piracy Muscles

 

“USS Shoup (DDG-86), together with USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Cape St. George (CG-71), practiced a counter-piracy mission while underway off the coast of Hawaii 20 September 2010.


The four ships paired off, and each ship practiced approaching simulated suspect vessels, maneuvering in close spaces, bridge-to-bridge communication, and off-ship reports to higher authority.

"We squeezed every ounce of training opportunity from a compressed timeline," said Lt. j.g. Scott Bowles, USS
Shoup primary boarding officer.

The training was designed to help transform the shipboard
Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams into a multi-function force capable of an array of missions, from maritime interdiction operations, to approach and assist visits, to counter-piracy efforts. The training event helped further that goal and increased the strike group's ability to support the nation's maritime strategy.

"There are many nuances to counter-piracy that we were able to train for — everything from mission-specific tactics to proper communication," said Ens. Sheridan Catlin, assistant boarding officer. "We're excited — it's a very important real-world mission that we are training for."

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7
th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers Momsen and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100929-03 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 5:51:00 AM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56177

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Eastern Pacific 11 to 24 September 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) enters Apra Harbor for a scheduled port visit.

 

100924-N-5539C-013 - GUAM (Sept. 24, 2010) - The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN-776) enters Apra Harbor for a scheduled port visit. This is the first deployment of a Virginia-class to the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=92045

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) entered the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) on 25 September 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet AOR

 

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group entered the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) on 25 September 2010 as part of their scheduled 2010-2011 deployment.

The 7
th Fleet AOR is the largest of the numbered fleets, covering more than 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The mission of the Lincoln Strike Group while deployed will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

"Working with our allies in this region is extremely important to us," said Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, strike group commander. "The U.S. commitment to cooperation and collaboration with like-minded nations is vital to Asia-Pacific security and stability."

Lincoln Strike Group's presence is part of the ongoing commitment of U.S. naval forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters, as well as encourage dialogue, promote growth and ensure the free flow of trade in the region.

"Partnerships and teamwork are integral to building the strong bonds that will lead to peace and prosperity throughout the region and the world," said Guadagnini.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100925-03 - Release Date: 9/25/2010 7:54:00 AM - By Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56199

 

USS Shoup Prepares to Answer Any Call

 

“USS Shoup (DDG-86) formed a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) syndicate on 25 September 2010 to help the ship be prepared for any tasking.

The syndicate, composed of experienced Surface Warfare Officers as well as experts in a variety of subjects, from logistics to repair to security, was formed to answer the question, "If you are the first on scene following a major disaster, what can you do and what will you need to do it?"

"Unfortunately, large-scale tragedies such as tsunamis, typhoons and earthquakes are not uncommon," said Lt. Colin Kennedy, of Elkhorn, Wis., USS
Shoup operations officer. "If you stay in this business long enough, it's a question of when, not if, you will be called upon."

Discussing the ship's potential role in disaster response as well as its capabilities and constraints, the new syndicate plans to continue to meet on a regular basis throughout
Shoup's deployment to ensure that, if needed, the ship is prepared to render assistance.

"This ship is going to be prepared for anything that comes its way," said San Diego-native Lt. Cmdr. Paul Willis, HA/DR syndicate head.

Shoup is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100929-29 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 4:57:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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USS Shoup Adds Realism to Egress Training

 

“USS Shoup (DDG-86) conducted a series of shipboard emergency egress training sessions from 20 to 25 September 2010 during its current deployment with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

Egress training is required every six months for all Sailors assigned to sea commands, to ensure they can escape from workspaces and berthing areas in the event the ship sustains major damage.

Under close supervision, Sailors are typically blindfolded and tasked to find their way to safety without sight, sometimes travelling hundreds of feet in the process.

In order to add more intensity to the training, the USS
Shoup Damage Control Training Team used smoke machines, strobe lights, and sound effects to heighten the sense of urgency to evacuate.

Shoup Sailors were also required to locate and don Emergency Escape Breathing Devices before making their way out of darkened spaces.

"Now that we are on deployment and heading toward uncertain waters, it is extremely important that we be creative in our damage control training to make it as realistic as we possibly can," said Lt. Elisabeth Erickson, USS
Shoup damage control assistant.

The overall goal of the training is to make certain all Sailors know both the fastest and alternate routes in case the ship suffers damage leading to fire or flooding, and to increase their confidence in their ability to egress safely in darkness or heavy smoke.

"Egress training will save the lives of our Sailors if the ship takes damage," added Erickson.

USS
Shoup is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility with Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100925-07 - Release Date: 9/25/2010 5:30:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56206

 

USS Momsen Trains for Simultaneous Threats During Deployment

 

“USS Momsen (DDG-92) flexed all aspects of its primary war fighting capability in a simulated tactical scenario on 26 September 2010.

Demonstrating advanced anti-subsurface, anti-surface, and anti-air techniques and tactics,
Momsen watchstanders planned and executed a computer-based training scenario culminating in a live fire demonstration of the MK38 25mm Gun Weapon System. Overall, 32 air and surface contacts were tracked. Twelve were identified as simulated hostile tracks and were engaged with standard SM-2 missiles.

One hundred ten rounds of live 25mm ammunition were fired for the day. The Mk-38 is a 25mm automatic gun system that provides ships with a defensive and offensive gunfire capability for the engagement of a variety of surface targets. It is designed to provide close range defense against patrol boats, swimmers, floating mines, and various targets ashore; including enemy personnel, lightly armored vehicles and terrorist threats.

"We take pride in our training program," said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ward, USS
Momsen combat systems officer. "We continue to flex our systems with as realistic scenarios as possible, across all warfare areas, in order to increase proficiency and the 'muscle memory' needed in a fight."

By training for the most difficult and unpredictable scenarios,
Momsen Sailors are ensuring they are ready to face any threat, at any time.

USS
Momsen is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100929-10 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 10:55:00 AM - By Ens. Zachary Thiesse, USS Momsen Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Researcher Allows Lincoln Strike Group to Perfect Tactics

 

“An embarked researcher from the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) gathered data to help improve USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) efficiency and effectiveness on 27 September 2010. Brent M. Goode, Ph.D., a CNA research analyst since March 2006, came aboard Lincoln as an operations analyst for the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group's deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. Goode is collecting statistics on systems, such as failure and success rates, to improve potential tactical advantages and refine techniques that advance the strike group's mission success.

"My work involves a wide spectrum of
Lincoln's operations, such as study of flight operations efficiency, support levels for underway refueling and resupply, and advanced tactical positioning and maneuvering techniques" said Goode, a native of Huntsville, Ala. By linking empirical and quantitative data, CNA gives Lincoln Strike Group another tactical advantage over possible threats. "We look for procedures in the Navy that are efficient and those that could be improved. That way, through research and experimentation, we can develop more ways to be work-effective and cost-effective." said Goode.

CNA performs their objectives by using a unique observational method with field-based, hands-on research. While deployed with Lincoln Strike Group, Goode is considered part of the
Lincoln team just like the 7,000 active duty Sailors that comprise the force. "The great thing about CNA is that as researchers, we do more than look at stats and compare them," said Goode. "We get to leave the office and do work for the Fleet that is meant to have an impact and make a change for the better." CNA is a federally-funded research and development center that provides the Navy and Marine Corps with evaluations and studies in multiple fields, such as advanced technology and systems analysis, operations and tactics analyses, and strategic studies.

"I'm learning so much here, being exposed to everything. It is exciting seeing the myriad of operations that happen aboard
Lincoln and I hope to make it a more efficient fighting force," said Goode. "All the documentation is an effort to learn and improve things, and help the strike group, but beyond that, to affect the Navy as a whole."

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100929-04 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 6:52:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Lincoln Strike Group Trains With Silent Partner

 

“The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, with the assistance of fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN-776), conducted an anti-submarine warfare exercise off the coast of Guam from 30 September to 1 October 2010.

The 30-hour exercise encompassed four unique back-to-back training events, with Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander of the carrier strike group, observing the events on board USS
Shoup (DDG-86).

"It's great to be here today to see
Shoup's professional warriors at work," said Guadagnini while addressing Shoup's crew.

For
Shoup's anti-submarine warfare team, the exercise presented a welcome opportunity to prove their abilities against a live submarine "adversary" of considerable skill. Ensign Greg Emry, anti-submarine warfare officer on Shoup, was very pleased with the division's performance.

"They did outstanding work," said Emry. "All operators were focused and performed like pros."

Hawaii was a formidable opponent. The newest of the Navy's Virginia-class submarines, Hawaii uses a vast network of fiber optics, digital cameras, and high definition video for surveillance, and can carry more torpedoes than previous submarine classes.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently on a routine deployment to the U.S. 7
th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. Hawaii's deployment to the Pacific marks the first to the region by a Virginia-class submarine” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101004-03 - Release Date: 10/4/2010 4:37:00 AM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup (DDG-86) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Halsey on Target with Gunnery Exercises

 

“Guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) engaged numerous training threats with small arms during a gunnery exercise in the Guam operational area on 1 October 2010.

During the first event, one of
Halsey's MH-60R helicopters provided long-range targeting information to engage a target with Halsey's 5-inch main gun.

"Using the helicopters as spotters allows for stand-off surface fire support and greatly enhances our tactical range," said
Halsey Operations Officer Lt. Andrew Koy.

For the second event,
Halsey maneuvered astern of USS Shoup (DDG-86) to engage a target with 25 mm and .50 caliber crew-served weapons. Halsey trained her gyro-stabilized, remotely operated 25 mm guns on the target to provide sequential and steady fire as each ship passed the target.

"Our first shot hit the center of the target," said Koy, "it was an excellent training opportunity, and we demonstrated some remarkable shooting."

"I can say with confidence that Team
Halsey can successfully engage any threat," said USS Halsey Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jordy Harrison. "This exercise demonstrated our flexible use of assets, superb accuracy, and tenacity to execute the requirements of this deployment in defense of the U.S."

USS
Halsey is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101007-02 - Release Date: 10/7/2010 5:19:00 AM - By Ensign Andrew Long, USS Halsey (DDG-97) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56362

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) operated in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) from 25 September to 6 October 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Strait of Malacca on 7 October 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Lincoln Passes Supply Management Inspection With Flying Colors

 

USS Abraham Lincoln operated in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) from 25 September to 6 October 2010, underway in the Strait of Malacca on 7 October 2010. Abraham Lincoln Supply Department received an overall grade of "outstanding" during a Supply Management Inspection (SMI) on 8 October 2010, scoring a cumulative 98.6 percent during the three-day inspection. The inspectors, from Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), said Lincoln's Supply Department score is the best mark for any aircraft carrier during the past two years.

 

"Lincoln Supply Department did very well, and they executed all requirements well above the norm," said Cmdr. Frank Nevarez, SMI inspector. "Within all divisions, the department scored outstanding within all the basic and advanced obligations." SMI is an event with 21 inspectors from CNAF, examining the status and upkeep of the ship's supply divisions by checking to ensure food and stock materials were completely accounted for, and the food matched the authorized allowed quantity. Due to the vast scope of responsibilities within Supply Department, the inspections were divided into two parts; readiness, which scored a 97 percent and services, scoring a 96.2 percent.

Readiness divisions include stock control, financial, customer service, aviation support, material, hazardous material and quality insurance. Inspectors looked for proper storing, shipping, receiving, security, correct record filing such as receipts and pricing, management, parts and material condition within the readiness divisions. Services divisions include food services in the enlisted mess decks, wardrooms and chief's mess, sales, disbursing, laundry, postal and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

 

Inspectors verified the cleanliness of all equipment and spaces, customer service, disbursing of mess funds, food storage and protection, water and ice sanitation, sewage and plumbing, facility structure and housekeeping, organization and proper record-keeping. Lincoln's Supply Department Sailors began preparing for the inspection several months prior by regularly reviewing guidelines and feedback from the Supply Management Assessment (SMA) pre-inspection conducted in May 2010. "We went out of our way to prove to the inspectors that Lincoln's supply is ready for whatever comes our way," said Lt. Cmdr. Keith Jeffries, USS Abraham Lincoln assistant supply officer.

 

Lincoln has a history of excellent supply management and superior performance with multiple Logistics Management Excellence Awards, also known as the Supply "Blue E" Departmental award. A Blue E award is given by Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet for excellent quality and overall efficiency of a supply department. It is also one of the requirements for an aircraft carrier to earn the Battle Effectiveness Award, or Battle E. The award recognizes the carrier for its excellent presentation in an operational environment.

 

SMI was worth 50 percent of earning the Blue E and the rest is acquired by outstanding monthly reports from the ship and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 support systems. "We have had six consecutive Blue Es on board Lincoln," said Jeffries. "We are making every effort to ensure a seventh"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101012-09 - Release Date: 10/12/2010 12:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56529

 

USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Reception During Port Visit in Malaysia

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) welcomed aboard more than 300 distinguished visitors and dignitaries from Malaysia and the surrounding region during a reception on 9 October 2010. Guests included commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk; U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul W. Jones; Commander of Naval Education and Training of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Rear Adm. Musa Bin Omar, and other distinguished guests.

Omar expressed his gratitude for
Lincoln's visit to Malaysia and said he hopes this trip will continue as a long-lasting partnership between the two countries. The reception, which was hosted in the ship's hangar bay, featured a buffet dinner and a live musical performance by Lincoln Sailors. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with many of the crew during the reception and ask questions about life aboard an aircraft carrier.

"It amazes me how many (Sailors) are on this ship," said Bonita Saarela, wife of Tapio Saarela, the Finnish Ambassador to Malaysia. "I have been on many of the American ships that pull in here, and I never imagined how self sufficient this one is." While in Kuala Lumpur
Lincoln Sailors are participating in several community service projects as well as experiencing the Malaysian culture through Morale Welfare and Recreation tours.

"I'm glad the Sailors are given the opportunity to get out and enjoy the great warmth and hospitality of what Malaysia has to offer," said Jones. "We have a tremendous relationship and growing partnership with Malaysia that has a lot of opportunity before us; I am very optimistic and pleased to be a part of it." The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7
th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9.

Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers
Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101010-02 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Murphy, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs , PORT KLANG, Malaysia (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56513

 

Carrier Strike Group 9 Units Arrive in Malaysia

 

“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS Shoup (DDG-86) arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia on 8 October 2010 where more than 5,000 Sailors will visit the city of Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, experiencing first-hand, Malaysia's rich culture and history.

"This visit continues the longstanding maritime cooperation and cultural appreciation between the United States and Malaysia," said Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. "Trust and cooperation are fundamental to the promotion of peace and are essential for prompt, positive response in times of crisis."

While in Malaysia, U.S. Sailors have arranged for tours in and outside Kuala Lumpur, including shopping, adventure trekking, rock climbing, golf and a trip to historic Malacca.

"We're all thrilled to visit a modern, vibrant city like Kuala Lumpur," said Capt. John D. Alexander,
USS Abraham Lincoln commanding officer. "Our Sailors plan to do some sightseeing and shopping in this magnificent country. They'll also participate in community service projects that will create a positive impact for the community ashore."

The port call is a demonstration of the continuing relationship between the United States and Malaysia. While visiting, hundreds of Sailors will participate in community service projects in partnership with local organizations.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7
th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101010-01 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS)).

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Abraham Lincoln Sailors Make a Difference for Malaysian Children's Home

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors volunteered to help a local children's home during a port visit in Malaysia on 9 October 2010.

More than 30 Sailors spent time off the ship to work at the Praise Emmanuel Children's Home where they painted the facility and cleaned the grounds.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Trevor Downing helped out by cleaning up around the outside of the home. He said the experience of helping someone else out makes the deployment that much more meaningful.

"I feel a lot more accomplished, like I did something for someone else during my port visit and my deployment," said Downing. "Doing something for someone else is a lot more rewarding than doing something for yourself."

After giving the home a fresh coat of paint and cleaning up the yard, Sailors played a game of soccer with several of the children living at the home.

"I think it's really important that the Navy does things like this to reach out to the community," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Scott Dwyer.

Lincoln Sailors are planning to participate in several other community service projects while in Kuala Lumpur.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7
th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers Momsen (DDG-92) and Shoup (DDG-86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101010-01 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS)).

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) steams near Singapore.

 

101014-N-5016P-127 - INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 14, 2010) - The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits the Indian Ocean. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=92748

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Indian Ocean from 12 to 16 October 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) entered the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) on 17 October 2010, arriving in the Arabian Sea” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 18 to 19 October 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

CVW-2 aircraft of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) flew first flights in support of Operation Enduring Freedom beginning on 20 October 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Lincoln Strike Group Conducts Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

 

“Surface and air units assigned to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group honed their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) skills during a multiunit exercise on 23 October 2010.

Guided-missile cruiser USS
Cape St. George (CG-71) and two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 successfully closed in, surrounded and simulated destroying a sophisticated ASW training device, called an expendable mobile ASW training target (EMATT), during the three-hour exercise.

The U.S. Navy MK 39 EMATT is a low-cost, open ocean ASW training target that is deployable from the air via parachute or launched off the deck of ASW ships at the start of training.

For this exercise, the device was dropped from one of HSM 77's helicopters.

After dropping the EMATT, the helicopters prowled over the water, deployed sonobuoys into the water to track the target while sending data and maintaining communication with both
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Cape St. George.

"We the primary airborne ASW asset attached to the strike group, so if there's a submarine threat out there we'll find it," said Lt. Cmdr. Aric Edmondson, one of HSM 77's pilots who flew the training mission. "The idea is to build team proficiency like we did today."

Carrier strike group ASW exercises are designed to promote stability and security throughout the region in support of freedom of navigation and safe global trade.

Cape St. George and HSM-77 are part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101029-11 - Release Date: 10/29/2010 2:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=56881

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 21 October 2 November 2010, transiting the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian/ Persian Gulf  from the Gulf of Oman on 3 November 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Cheyenne Kimball, a performer with the country music band, Gloriana, performs in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

101105-N-7524O-001 - ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 5, 2010) - Cheyenne Kimball, a performer with the country music band, Gloriana, performs in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The concert was sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln morale, welfare and recreation program. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Wade T. Oberlin/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=93792

 

Gloriana Rocks USS Abraham Lincoln with Underway Concert

 

Country music superstars Gloriana rocked an estimated crowd of 4,000 Sailors during an underway concert aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 5 November 2010.

The concert was the highlight of five hours of festivities for the crew, including country karaoke in the ship's hangar bay, a live rap performance by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Riley in his role as "Dog Zebra", and an opening set by country music band, Rushlow.

Gloriana hit the stage to a roaring crowd, and performed their hits "Wild at Heart," "Lead Me On," and "The Way it Goes," as well as numerous covers of popular songs. The band, who won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2009 American Music Awards, is made up of Tom Gossin, Mike Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Cheyenne Kimball.

"This was such an unbelievable, eye-opening experience," said Kimball, a vocalist and mandolin player for the band. "I feel so blessed to come here and be surrounded by so many American heroes. It makes me even more thankful for the Navy's service."

While
Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, Sailors were thankful to take a break and participate in the festivities of the day.

"It was really nice to get out of the daily schedule and see a band play," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Todd Bigart. "It was really cool and thoughtful of Gloriana to take the time to come to an aircraft carrier and perform for us."

When the band first arrived aboard
Lincoln, they were given a whirlwind tour around the ship, observed flight operations from the flight deck and met with Sailors. The band also signed autographs and posed for photos with crew members.

According to the band's official website, their music often receives comparison to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. The band is one of the hottest acts of the year, with their debut record premiering at number three on Billboard's Top 200 and number two on the Billboard Country Album Chart. More than 375,000 copies of their first album have been sold, and their appearance on
Lincoln adds to a list of achievements for the band. Gloriana's visit was part of a Navy Entertainment sponsored tour to help boost the morale of the crew while deployed.

 

Navy Entertainment is part of Navy Installations Command. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101108-02 - Release Date: 11/8/2010 5:16:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Arabian/Persian Gulf from 3 to 17 November 2010” (Ref. 76).

 

Lincoln Hosts Ambassadors During Bahrain Port Visit

 

The U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and five other international ambassadors, as well as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 18 November 2010. U.S. ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli and ambassadors from France, England, Germany, Japan and India were treated to a reception, dinner and tour while the ship was in Manama for a port visit to strengthen partnership and theater security cooperation in the region.

Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, welcomed the opportunity to host such a diverse group of guests. "Working with allies and regional partners in a wide range of exercises and operations is an essential aspect of our mission," said Guadagnini.

 

"Without the efforts of many nations, and many navies, we could not conduct the breadth of missions as successfully as we do." While in port, Lincoln Sailors participated in several sporting events with local teams, experienced the Bahraini culture through Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours and participated in a community service project.

Commander, NAVCENT, Vice Adm. Mark Fox stressed the importance of U.S. Navy port visits in the region and cooperation among regional partners. "We welcome the opportunity to give back to our neighbors and friends," Fox said. "The Lincoln Sailors did a great job in furthering our friendships here in Bahrain."

CSG 9 consists of flagship
Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101201-07 - Release Date: 12/1/2010 2:00:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57471

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Bahrain from 18 to 21 November 2010. The U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and five other international ambassadors, as well as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 18 November 2010” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101201-07 - Release Date: 12/1/2010 2:00:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57471

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commenced her transit back to the North Arabian Sea via the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USTRANSCOM Commander Visits Abraham Lincoln At Sea

 

The commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at sea on 23 November 2010.

While U.S. Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander, TRANSCOM, was on board,
Lincoln's crew was able to demonstrate the logistics of passenger and cargo transportation via carrier on board delivery, how flights are briefed and provide a tour of the ship to McNabb and his staff.

"You're doing an amazing job out here. Those of us at TRANSCOM know what it's like to be a resource needed on a global scale, and aircraft carriers are a great example of the Navy promoting stability and maritime security operations around the globe," said McNabb.

TRANSCOM is responsible for creating and implementing worldwide global deployment and distribution solutions in support of the Department of Defense and regional combatant commanders by orchestrating transportation options.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5
th Fleet Area of Responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101124-14 - Release Date: 11/24/2010 11:47:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57388

 

Navy Destroyers Join Abraham Lincoln Strike Group

 

“Guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) entered the 5th Fleet area of responsibility on 25 November 2010, rejoining USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of their regularly scheduled deployment.

The three Arleigh Burke class destroyers will contribute to maritime security in the region, bringing the capability to share a common tactical maritime picture through their AEGIS and link systems, and adding six helicopters and numerous surface, air and subsurface elements to maritime security operations.

While
Shoup, Momsen and Halsey will rotate through different duties during the coming months, their overall focus will be supporting regional stability, suppressing piracy and improving maritime security.

Shoup
will be initially assigned to counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea; Momsen will be initially
assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 152 in the
Arabian Gulf; and Halsey will be initially assigned to CTF 50, supporting Abraham Lincoln Strike Group operations.

The mission of Abraham Lincoln Strike Group while deployed to 5
th Fleet will focus on the United States' commitment to help build security and stability in the region, deterring destabilizing activities while safeguarding the region's vital links to the global economy.

"The U.S. has been a presence in this region for more than 60 years," said Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, strike group commander. "We will continue to support our friends and allies here by maintaining our commitment to
cooperation and protecting free flow of commerce."

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship
Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9.

Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include Everett-based destroyers
Momsen, Shoup, Halsey and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101125-12 - Release Date: 11/25/2010 10:25:00 AM - From Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57411

 

Ships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group cruise in a formation.

 

101123-N-4997L-601 - GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 23, 2010) - Ships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group cruise in a formation. Both strike groups are deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=94493

 

US, French Warships Conduct Surface Warfare Exercise in Arabian Sea

 

“The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) and French Navy frigate FS Tourville (D-610) participated in a joint gunnery exercise in the Arabian Sea, on 5 December 2010 to enhance coalition maritime forces training and coordination.

During the exercise, both ships fired a variety of high- and low-caliber weapons at a large inflatable target simulating a hostile threat.

On the Halsey's first two passes by the target, the crew fired their 5-inch/62 gun. The next two passes were made firing a 25 mm gun, an M240B machine gun and the ship's Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS).

The training displayed the two nations' ability to work effectively to accomplish their missions with great levels of interoperability.

Cmdr. Jordy Harrison, USS
Halsey commanding officer, said the joint scenario showcased the two ships' ability to maneuver and communicate as a unified force.

"This exercise demonstrated the teamwork and proficiency we have developed in working with our French allies," Harrison said. "The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, in conjunction with the French Navy, is dedicated and well-rehearsed to execute any mission that will bring security and stability to the region."

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Michael Kennedy, USS
Halsey small arms marksmanship instructor, said the exercise was a great way to show that hard work and cooperation pay off.

"When everyone works together to accomplish a common goal, it's very rewarding to see the successes that are achieved," said Kennedy, a native of Port St. Joe, Fla.

Halsey, a member of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, is currently on a scheduled deployment with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which consists of flagship
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, embarked DESRON 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71).

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101214-01 - Release Date: 12/14/2010 8:46:00 AM - From Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, USS HALSEY, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57731

 

 

Chapter XXVI (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)

Part I of III - 7 September to 5 December 2010

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 2016)

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

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

(10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54596-0

 

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 25 August 1981)

 

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

25 August 1981) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

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)

 

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) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

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

 

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

6 May 2003)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-73794-7

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-74027-5

 

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

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74587-4

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS REDESIGNATED AND OR RECLASSIFIED (1953 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25041-5

Library of Congress

(Book Version)

2008901619

 

ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOYMENT HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS AND EBOOKS (48 Navy Books)

 

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)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4