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

 

 

Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates is greeted by rainbow sideboys aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

101206-N-5016P-019 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 6, 2010) - Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates is greeted by rainbow sideboys aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) This is the first time Gates has visited a deployed aircraft carrier. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in 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 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released)

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SECDEF Thanks Crew of USS Abraham Lincoln

 

The secretary of defense (SECDEF) flew from Muscat, Oman on 6 December 2010 to land aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), for an overnight visit with the aircraft carrier's 5,000-member crew. The Nimitz-class carrier is nearing the midpoint of its seven-month deployment supporting the war effort in Afghanistan. After taking a C-2 Greyhound cargo plane to reach the Lincoln, SECDEF Robert M. Gates visited the carrier's combat direction center and then spoke briefly with some aircraft mechanics near an F/A-18 Hornet parked in front of one of the ship's hangars.

 

He then headed to a wardroom for lunch with about 12 officers. "Ask me questions and tell me [the] things you need," said Gates, to the officers, noting he'd appreciate their unfiltered viewpoints. To show the officers he was sincere in seeking their views, Gates told them that a question posed to him by an Army spouse during a similar meeting at Fort Hood, Texas, led to a change in law that now permits service members to transfer G.I. Bill education benefits to their families. "That was all because one spouse of an enlisted Soldier asked a question," said Gates. The question and answer session was closed to the media pool covering the visit.

After lunch, Gates visited the ship's bridge, where Capt. John Alexander, the ship's commanding officer, presented him with a "skateboard" - slang for a wooden plaque in the shape of an aircraft carrier. "It doesn't have wheels, but you can put them on later," said Alexander, joking as he handed the plaque to Gates. Gates then went to watch daytime flight operations from Vulture's Row, a catwalk on the ship's "island," where he saw two F/A-18s take off with engines roaring and watched an E-2C
Hawkeye and an EA-6 Prowler land.

 

He then went to one of the ships "ready rooms," where pilots plan their flight operations. Gates met with 25 pilots, shook their hands and handed each a commemorative secretary of defense coin. "Thank you for your service," said Gates, to the pilots. A subsequent question and answer session with the pilots was closed to the media pool. The visit is Gates' first to a deployed carrier, and while en route to Oman Dec. 5th, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said it's something Gates has wanted to do for a long time.

 

"He wants to thank the aviators and Sailors of the Lincoln personally, and by extension, all who have served at sea in the region over the past decade," said Morrell. "He knows what they do for the ground forces in Afghanistan, and he wants them to know he and the American people appreciate it." Gates praised the work performed by the Lincoln's Sailors and aviators, noting their efforts are an important part of the war effort, said Morrell.

 

Abraham Lincoln provides one-third of the fixed-wing close-air support for ground forces in Afghanistan. Through Dec. 5th, the carrier's aircraft had flown 3,863 sorties totaling about 9,300 hours during this deployment, which reaches its halfway point Dec. 17th, including 1,571 sorties totaling more than 4,000 hours in November 2010” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101206-31 - Release Date: 12/6/2010 5:38:00 PM - By John D. Banusiewicz, American Forces Press Service, MUSCAT, Oman (NNS)).

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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers remarks during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

101206-N-5016P-006 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 6, 2010) - Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers remarks during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) This is the first time Gates has visited a deployed aircraft carrier. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in 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 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released)

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SECDEF Visits USS Abraham Lincoln in Arabian Sea

 

“The secretary of defense (SECDEF) visited the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 6 December 2010 in the Arabian Sea. The visit marked the first time SECDEF Robert M. Gates has been aboard a deployed aircraft carrier. Gates visited Lincoln to see firsthand the ship supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon arriving aboard Lincoln in the early morning, Gates was welcomed by Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer, Abraham Lincoln. In the ship's hangar bay, Gates met with aircraft maintenance personnel alongside one of Abraham Lincoln's more than 40 F/A-18 Hornets. In addition, Gates met with shipboard machinery repairmen who showed their vast capabilities to manufacture and repair complex equipment and machinery parts. Gates then ate lunch with a number of junior enlisted Sailors in a personal setting where he answered individual questions. "It was a life changing experience," said Yeoman 3rd Class Matthew Rodgers, from San Mateo, Calif., and assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116.

Rodgers was one of 12 junior Sailors given the opportunity to meet the secretary during lunch. Gates' personal visits with junior Sailors also included watchstanders navigating the ship on the bridge, aviators in a squadron ready room and chief petty officers on the ship's bridge wing. Gates addressed more than 3,000 crew members during an all hands call in the hangar bay, after he administered the oath of enlistment for 13 Sailors during a reenlistment ceremony. He also answered questions for more than 20 minutes after his remarks and recognized 50 outstanding Sailors selected for their hard work and dedication. "I wanted to re-enlist to continue my career in the Navy and re-enlisting with the SECDEF is a once in the life opportunity since not everyone gets the chance to do it," stated Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Ingry Lopez, from Los Angeles. Ingry re-enlisted for four years and is assigned
Lincoln's Supply Department. "It was my honor to have a picture taken with the honorable Mr. Gates, and I was so excited to receive his coin! I am a coin collector and having his is priceless," said Lopez. While addressing the crew, Gates praised the strike group for their exception record at the halfway point of their deployment.

"First and foremost, this visit gives me the opportunity to thank all of you for your service," said Gates. "The quality of Sailors and aviators on board this ship today is unprecedented in the history of our nation." Meeting the defense secretary is a highlight of the deployment
Lincoln Sailors will not soon forget. "This day will definitely go in my wall of great naval memories," Lopez said. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101206-20 - Release Date: 12/6/2010 5:09:00 PM - 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=57572

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Arabian Sea.

 

101210-N-8824M-699 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 10, 2010) - USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits the Arabian Sea. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is 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 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95211

 

USS Halsey (DDG 97) assigned to Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, sails in a formation with the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R 91) during a photo exercise.

 

101210-N-8824M-268 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 10, 2010) - USS Halsey (DDG-97) assigned to Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, sails in a formation with the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R-91) during a photo exercise. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is 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 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95212

 

Master Chief Susan Whitman, command master chief aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), helps the ship's crew organize holiday mail during a replenishment at sea.

 

101216-N-5016P-082 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 16, 2010) - Master Chief Susan Whitman, command master chief aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), helps the ship's crew organize holiday mail during a replenishment at sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in 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 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released)

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Sailors aboard the the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gather around an intercom phone to speak with Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

 

101221-N-2821G-012 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 21, 2010) - Sailors aboard the the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gather around an intercom phone to speak with Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who wished them happy holidays during a special phone call. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95667

 

Boston Red Sox Manager Makes Holiday Call to Deployed Lincoln Sailors

 

The manager for the Boston Red Sox made a special phone call to deployed Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), in the Arabian Sea on 21 December 2010.

Terry Francona called to thank Sailors for their service and let them know people back home were thinking about them while they were at sea.

"I want to wish you guys the best during the holiday season," said Francona. "We appreciate your service. My son is a Marine, he'll be heading to the Middle East in about three months; I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate what you do for us, and I appreciate your interest in the Red Sox. It's kind of fun to talk about baseball in December."

Fourteen Sailors enjoyed having a conversation with Francona. The Red Sox fans who participated in the phone call hail from as far away as Texas and even included two New Yorkers; however, most of the Sailors were natives of the New England area.

"It was awesome to actually have a little one-on-one talk with the man who runs the show for your favorite sports team," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Cappadonna, a native of Midland, Texas.

The phone call gave Sailors a brief pause from their normal routine of supporting
Operation Enduring Freedom.

"Being a big baseball fan and being away from home, talking to Mr. Francona broke the monotony of cruise - being able to talk baseball for a bit and have that little bit of home you don't normally get a lot of out here," said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Clayton Ladd, a Watertown, N.Y., native who is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 137.

Francona has won two World Series Championships during his seven years as manger for the Boston Red Sox.

"Thanks for everything you do," said Francona. "I really enjoyed getting a chance to visit with you. Merry Christmas, and stay safe."

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th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101221-09 - Release Date: 12/21/2010 2:14:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57852

 

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gather around a telephone speaker for a holiday phone call.

 

101224-N-8824M-092 - U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Dec. 24, 2010) - Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gather around a telephone speaker for a holiday phone call with New England Patriots football coach Bill Belicheck, wide receiver Wes Welker and Boston Celtics basketball player Ray Allen. The callers thanked the Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln and wished everyone a happy holiday. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95779

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 22 November to 22 December 2010, then headed to the Gulf of Oman into the Strait of Hormuz through to the Arabian/Persian Gulf” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates on 23 December 2010, steaming through the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian/Persian Gulf on the 23rd, on her second cruise to the Persian Gulf while on deployment” (Ref. 76).

 

Sports Super Stars Make Holiday Phone Calls to Deployed Sailors

 

“A Boston Celtics player and a coach and player from the New England Patriots spread some holiday cheer when they made a special Christmas Eve phone call on 24 December 2010 to deployed Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, New England Patriots coach Bill Belicheck and wide receiver Wes Welker called Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln while the ship spent the holiday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The players called to thank the Sailors for their service and to remind them that people at home were thinking of them during the holiday season. "I grew up in a military family so I know what it's like to have friends and family deployed," said Allen. "What you are doing for us helps me do what I do every single day."

Fourteen Sailors were present for the calls, all of them fans from around the country. They discussed personal game strategies, performance advice and holiday plans. "Merry Christmas and thanks for everything you all are doing," said Welker. Born in 1981 in Oklahoma City, Welker is the only receiver in National Football League history to record at least 110 receptions in three consecutive seasons. He has been selected to participate in the Pro Bowl and/or the All-Pro Team in all of his first three seasons with the Patriots.

"He's one of my favorite football players," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Russ Dodge. Born in 1975 on Castle Air Force Base near Merced, Calif., Allen is a nine-time National Basketball Association all-star and is ranked as one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the history of the game. He won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 U.S. men's basketball team and also appeared in several feature films.

"I'm a long time Ray Allen fan," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Electronics Airman Roan Small. "I admire his stability as a player, and his dedication to the game is impressive. He's a fan of the sport before he's a player."

"It's a real pleasure to talk to you guys," said Allen. "On behalf of myself and all my teammates, thanks for everything you are doing for us." As an added surprise, New England Patriot's Head Coach Bill Belichick also got on the line to wish the Sailors a happy holiday. Belichick, whose father was the assistant head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, told the Sailors he understands the military lifestyle and was grateful for and supportive of everything they were doing for the people back home.

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: NNS101224-03 - Release Date: 12/24/2010 4:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Luciano Marano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57892

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made  a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 23 to 26 December 2010, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman into the Arabian Sea from from 26 to 27 December 2010, arriving in the Arabian/Persian Gulf on the 23rd, on her second cruise to the Persian Gulf while on deployment” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln Launches 1,000th Sortie In Support of OEF

 

“A day after returning to sea from a port visit in Dubai, UAE, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), launched its 1,000th sortie mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on 28 December 2011 in the Arabian Sea.

Lincoln visited the United Arab Emirates from 23 to 27 December 2010 with a total of 999 sorties flown supporting OEF and 76 sorties in support of Operation New Dawn (OND) during the ship's 2010-2011 deployment to the Middle East.

The first launch after returning to sea marked the carrier's millennial
OEF mission, amassing a total of more than 5,884 hours flown for OEF in just under four months.

Capt. John Eden, commander of
Lincoln's embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, said the milestone mission was just business as usual for the air wing.

"Being able to conduct our air mission safely and effectively, day-in and day-out, is what makes us such a formidable force capable of supporting the effort on the ground," said Eden.

"The ability of the Air Wing and the entire Lincoln Strike Group to deliver consistent, reliable firepower is a testament to the dedication of the Sailors who make it all happen."

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110101-01 - Release Date: 1/1/2011 10:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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An F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at night.

 

101228-N-5016P-002 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 28, 2010) - An F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at night. Lincoln launched its 1,000th sortie mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Dec. 28. 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95859

 

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) speak with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas during a phone call from the hockey player to the aircraft carrier.

 

101229-N-7095C-005 - ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 29. 2010) - Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas during a phone call from the hockey player to the aircraft carrier. Thomas' phone call is the latest in a series of recent calls from prominent Boston sports figures to Abraham Lincoln sports fans. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95849

 

Boston Bruins Goalie Makes Holiday Call to Abraham Lincoln Sailors

 

A goalie for the Boston Bruins spoke to hockey fans aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), during a phone call to the aircraft carrier on 29 December 2010. Fourteen hockey fans aboard Abraham Lincoln gathered to ask Tim Thomas a number of questions throughout the call. They asked about the Bruins' offensive approach,

 

Thomas' early days in hockey and his early professional career playing in Finland and in the minor leagues. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kaleb F. Brown asked what Thomas considered his most memorable moment as a hockey player.

Thomas said that although he has had quite a few memorable moments, his proudest moment came when he was named to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team on the same day the Bruins won a shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 National Hockey League Winter Classic in front of 40,000 fans at Boston's Fenway Park.

"Being named to the Olympic Team had been my dream since I was five years old, and finally I was able to realize that dream," said Thomas. "It was a great day." Brown also asked Thomas what kept him motivated to reach his goals. "If you really want something, just work as hard as you can to try to accomplish it.

 

If you do everything that you possibly can to reach a goal that you want to reach, you'll respect yourself at the end of the day. It's nice to be rewarded, and I think you will be if you want something bad enough and you work at it hard enough," said Thomas. Thomas reminded the gathered fans that he still has a larger goal looming in his career.

"I want to win a Stanley Cup," said Thomas. "I'm still working on that one." The hockey star's phone call is the latest in a series of recent calls from prominent Boston sports figures to
Abraham Lincoln's sports fans. Ray Allen, Celtics shooting guard; Bill Belichick, New England Patriots Coach; and Wes Welker, New England Patriots wide receiver; called Sailors on Christmas Eve. Red Sox Manager Terry Francona called the ship Dec. 21.

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th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS101229-06 - Release Date: 12/29/2010 4:43:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=95849

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) JANUARY, 1 2011 REPORT

 

Mission. To support and operate naval aircraft at sea, maintain open sea-lanes for maritime traffic, project naval power at sea and ashore, and provide a formidable strike option in response to national tasking. Abraham Lincoln also serves as a flagship command and control platform, able to direct and support full battle group and joint operations. Wherever it goes, the ship serves as a symbol of U.S. resolve, acting both as an ambassador and as a sea-based deterrent to threats to our national interest” (Ref. 378B-2003).

 

“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 rendesignated 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” (Ref. 378A).

 

Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini signals to launch an F/A-18C Hornet aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

110105-N-4973M-106 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2011) - Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, signals to launch an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility 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=95999

 

An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to launch aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

110105-N-4973M-080 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2011) - An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 prepares to launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln conduct launch and recovery operations.

 

110108-N-4973M-122 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 8, 2011) - Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln conduct launch and recovery operations. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility 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=96165

 

An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs the ground movement of a F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2.

 

110108-N-4973M-068 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 8, 2011) - An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs the ground movement of a F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility 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=96163

 

Navy, Air Force Aircraft Cooperate in OEF Support

 

“Aircraft from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike Group began their fourth month of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in support on 12 January 2011, teaming up with U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and the KC-10 Extender tankers to extend their mission endurance to more than 1,000 miles. Embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 has been supporting OEF since October 2010 and has been conducting aerial refueling with the Air Force's KC-135s the KC-10s since the beginning. CVW 2 planes can remain in the air for more than five hours during each sortie, traveling distances of approximately 1,200 miles round-trip on each mission.


The ability to refuel in flight eliminates the need to find a place to refuel on land and extends the time the pilots and the aircraft can remain on station and support the troops on the ground. Lt. Charles Schellhorn, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, has been flying F/A-18F
Super Hornets for nearly two years and has been refueling with the KC-135s and KC-10s for about six months. "We are normally airborne for six hours on OEF missions, requiring us to refuel every 90 minutes," said Schellhorn.

 

"Air Force tankers help us stay on station as long as possible so we can support the troops on the ground for a longer and more continuous period of time. The ability to refuel while airborne makes us a more effective fighting force." The KC-135 has excelled in aerial refueling for more than 50 years, providing aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.

 

KC-135s can hold approximately 200,000 pounds of fuel and the KC-10s hold 356,000 pounds of fuel, both can transfer fuel at a rate of approximately 1000 gallons per minute. The KC-135 fleet has a single boom, but there are modified KC-135s with refueling pods located on the wings. These pods house a long hose with a basket on the end that when unwound allows for the unique capability to refuel one aircraft per wing simultaneously.

 

The KC-10s also have a single boom but have the additional capability to use a 40-foot hose with a basket on every jet. "Aerial refueling is critical, and efficient to our small part in the Navy's mission," said Schellhorn. "Not only is the support from the KC-135s and KC-10s important for us to stay overhead for long periods of time, but it also provides the troops on land the maximum amount of coverage, in the form of security and protection."

 

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110113-02 - Release Date: 1/13/2011 9:44:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, left, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, meets with Cmdr. Darren G. McPherson, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104).

 

110113-N-7095C-067 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 13, 2011) - Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, left, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, meets with Cmdr. Darren G. McPherson, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104), during a visit to the ship to discuss strike group operations in the Arabian Sea. 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=96431

 

Sterett Enjoys Smooth Sailing During Maiden Deployment

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Carrier Strike Group commander, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) on 13 January 2011, to praise the crew on its performance midway through her maiden deployment. Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, told Sterett crew members he was happy to return to the ship to see them conducting their mission firsthand. "Sterett was the first destroyer I was ever on at sea," said Guadagnini. "I have a fondness for this ship and for this crew of warriors. When I came on board the first time, I talked about all the great things you might be doing when we came on deployment. You guys are making it happen. You're making a difference to the strike group on this deployment."

Sterett, commissioned Aug. 9, 2008, began her deployment Oct. 22, when she departed her homeport of San Diego to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility (AORs). While in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, Sterett has escorted ships through the Strait of Hormuz, assisted stranded mariners at sea, and engaged with other strike group components on a variety of training missions. Lt. j.g. Justin Lessel, Sterett's assistant supply officer, has been aboard the destroyer for more than a year. In that time, he's seen the ship grow into a valuable asset to the fleet. He said the crew has the new ship operating smoothly.

"We have a very good crew," Lessel said. "The people here know their jobs, and they do them very well. We've shown that throughout the deployment. This is a very capable warship; we're doing a lot of good things." Fire Controlman 1st Class Stephen Zeller attributed the ship's success to the continuity provided by a crew that not only knows its role, but what to expect from one another. "It's been good to find our rhythm," Zeller said.

 

"When you have a crew that's together for an entire training cycle, it gives you the opportunity to train together so you know exactly how everybody is going to react. Everything has come together really seamlessly." Zeller said that while getting a crew to grow together on a new destroyer can be a challenge, serving on a new ship also has its advantages. "Having a newer ship takes a little bit of the maintenance demands off of our shoulders," he said. "It makes a big difference in helping us achieve our mission." Throughout her deployment, Sterett will assist the strike group by providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas and offering humanitarian/disaster response capabilities” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110115-01 - Release Date: 1/15/2011 8:33:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58063

 

Indy 500 Greats Fly Aboard Abraham Lincoln for Whirlwind Tour

 

World famous members of the Indy 500 Centennial Tour visited Sailors aboard the deployed aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) from 15 to 16 January 2011. Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Jr., Johnny Rutherford Arute, Sarah Fisher, Larry Foyt, Davey Hamilton, Cameron Haven, and Martin Plowman were among the visitors to the ship. Lincoln Strike Group Sailors received autographs, t-shirts and photos; participated in a video game racing challenge; and ate meals with the drivers during their time aboard.

 

In addition, the Indy drivers watched flight operations from the flight deck and were given a tour of Lincoln's jet shop for a demonstration of the power of an F/A-18 engine. "My initial reaction when learning about the Indy tour was tremendous excitement," said Electronics Technician 1st Class Jeffery Scott. "I grew up watching Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, Jr. and Mario Andretti, and I think it is great that they came out to show their support." Andretti said he was very flattered to be invited and rearranged his schedule so that he would be able to be part of the tour.

 

"I think the military is the most noble profession on the planet and all of you should be very proud," he said. Operations Specialist 1st Class Charles Atchison said seeing the racing heroes in person reminded him of being a kid. "You see them on TV and on the track, and then they're here," said Atchison. "Just to be able to shake hands with these guys, that I think are legends, is a morale booster." Plowman, one of the active drivers who took part in the visit to Lincoln, had his hair cut by a ship's barber, Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Keyshawn Coats.

 

The trimming was designed to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. So far approximately $5,000.00 has been raised with an overall goal of $10,000.00 by the end of the tour, said Plowman. The visit was the second stop on a 10-day tour, which is scheduled to visit several U.S. military bases in southwest Asia and Europe. The first stop on the tour was at Ramstein Airbase, Germany. The tour was choreographed by the Moral Entertainment Foundation, Armed Forces Entertainment and Department of Defense Agencies, and included support from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IZOD IndyCar Series.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110116-01 - Release Date: 1/16/2011 10:19:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58064

 

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Shannon Eck speaks to catapult crew members from the center deck operator manhole during an all-female catapult crew event aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

110123-N-4973M-028 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 23, 2011) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Shannon Eck, from Youngsville, Penn., speaks to catapult crew members from the center deck operator manhole during an all-female catapult crew event aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=96680

 

All Female Catapult Team on Lincoln Launches Success in Support of OEF

 

“Fourteen female Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) Air department formed an all-female catapult crew to launch aircraft in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on 23 January 2011.

Thirteen Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) (
ABE) joined catapult and arresting gear officer, or "shooter", Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Parker, from St. Louis, to form the all-female launch crew manning critical positions such as topside safety petty officer and catapult deck edge operator to launch the missions over the deck.

On and below the flight deck, 167
ABEs maintain and operate the catapults on a daily basis; six percent of which are females.

"The rate for females only opened up not too long ago," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Sheila Seripap, from Atlanta, Ga. "Every work center only has a handful of females in it."

Lincoln's ABEs work long days and nights to keep the catapults in a readiness condition, which has led to more than 1,400 sortie missions launched since October 2010 in support of OEF.

"Aviation boatswain's mates are some of the hardest working people on the flight deck of the ship," said Seripap. "It is not that many of us, but we can do it."

Parker, the only female shooter aboard
Lincoln, inspected the waist catapults prior to flight operations and signaled the launch of aircraft. She attributed the unique opportunity to field an all-female team to the tenacity of the team members.

"If it weren't for the guys training the women, and the women having the courage to work in the most dangerous four-and-a-half acres of sovereign U.S. territory there is, then we wouldn't have had the opportunity to have an all-female catapult crew," Parker said. "These ladies are awesome, and the guys they work with are awesome too."

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110126-03 - Release Date: 1/26/2011 5:15:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58177

 

An F/A- 18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 performs a

 

110203-N-2937R-419 - ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 3, 2011) - An F/A- 18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 performs a "touch-and-go" pass over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in 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 Adam Randolph/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=97293

 

Lincoln Flies Final Flight in Support of OEF

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) aircraft flew their last flights in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) for the ship's current deployment on 3 February 2011. Since Lincoln's first flight of the deployment in support of OEF 20 October 2010, Lincoln's air wing (CVW-2) has launched more than 1,800 combat sorties in excess of 10,000 flight hours with a 100 percent completion rate. Lt. Charles Schellhorn, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 pilot, said the deployment has definitely been a success.

 

"For four months, we supported coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan, giving them the safety and security that only we can provide," Schellhorn said. "These contributions made Afghanistan a safer place and helped to strengthen the government forces while simultaneously helping to eradicate terrorist networks that bring violence and instability to the region." Having passed the torch to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) to take up the ongoing support of OEF, Lincoln Sailors can reflect on their experiences and accomplishments. Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Allissa Kinsey said she has enjoyed contributing to the success of the OEF mission.

 

"There is a feeling of relief knowing that we have done our part and supported the troops on the ground," Kinsey said. "We can leave knowing that the Vinson is taking over, and they will do a great job, just as we did." Kinsey and her colleagues loaded missiles, bombs and 20 mm rounds equaling more than 900,000 lbs. of ordnance during the deployment. "I'm honored to be on the Lincoln and to be involved with the OEF mission," said Kinsey. "I finally had the chance to say that I am protecting our country and our freedom."

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5
th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation” (Ref.  Story Number: NNS110212-03 - Release Date: 2/12/2011 8:25:00 AM -By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Mickler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58575

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 28 December 2010 to 5 February 2011” (Ref. 76 & Story Number: NNS110101-01 - Release Date: 1/1/2011 10:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57922

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Arabian Sea from 5 to 8 February 2011” (Ref. 76).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57922

 

Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) ship's band perform during a steel beach picnic aboard the ship.

 

110210-N-PM781-002 - ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 10, 2011) - Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) ship's band perform during a steel beach picnic aboard the ship. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th 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=97433

 

Lincoln Sails Through 45th Consecutive Day At Sea

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated the ship's 45th consecutive day of high-tempo and arduous operations at sea with a morale day and steel beach picnic on 10 February 2011. The event took place on the flight deck and included food and drinks, basketball and football games, golf, raffle and t-shirt giveaways, a fundraiser for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), live music, and an actual "beach" on the flight deck. Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Albert Agyemang of administration department said the picnic was a big morale booster for the crew and for new Sailors who haven't previously experienced a steel beach picnic.

 

"The picnic is well deserved after all the successes we've seen this past year," said Agyemang. The day began at 8:30 a.m. when the grills were lit to begin cooking for the crew of over 4,300. The menu included grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken, pasta salad, assorted fruits, deserts, soda and water, all served up by the chiefs' mess. The ship's band performed top hits from multiple genres and decades while Sailors danced or just sat back and relaxed. "It's a perfect day," said Master Chief Religious Programs Specialist Vincent Sievers. "Everyone had a good time, relaxed, and relieved some stress by hitting golf balls. And we raised money for Navy relief in the process."

Lincoln Sailors were also authorized two 12-ounce cans of beer in accordance with Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 1700.16, which states "numbered Fleet commanders of naval and Military Sealift Command vessels participating in high-tempo, arduous operations are authorized to permit consumption of up to two 12-ounce cans or bottles of beer by each member of the crew or embarked unit during an appropriate one-day stand down at sea. Consumption is to occur in conjunction with appropriate morale enhancing activities such as flight deck or fantail cookouts where non-alcoholic beverages must also be available."

During the ship's current deployment,
Lincoln has sailed more than 36,000 nautical miles of open waters and conducted the safe and expeditious completion of 8,500 arrested landings. The ship and Carrier Air Wing Two have launched more than 7,000 sorties, with nearly 2,000 directly supporting ground combat troops. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110211-15 - Release Date: 2/11/2011 5:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58526

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 28 December 2010 to 5 February 2011, preceded by operations in the Arabian Sea from 5 to 8 February 2011, entering the Indian Ocean on the 9th ” (Ref. 76 & Story Number: NNS110101-01 - Release Date: 1/1/2011 10:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57922

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Indian Ocean from 9 to 12 February 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Strait of Malacca on 13 February 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

U.S., Malaysian Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Exercise

 

“Aircraft from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Carrier Strike Group participated in a joint aerial combat training exercise with the Royal Malaysian Air Force on 14 February 2011.

F/A-18
Hornets and Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 joined Malaysian SU-30 and FA-18D Hornets to train in multiple combat scenarios. Events ranged from single aircraft engaging single aircraft, all the way to complex multi-aircraft combat scenarios.

With the Malaysian SU-30s maneuvering at speeds estimated close to MACH 1, training was aggressive and realistic. "Air Combat Training gives our aviators a chance to match their skills against the skills of some formidable foreign aviators and their modern aircraft. An added benefit is promoting regional partnerships and improving maritime security," said Lt. Luke Swain of CVW-2.

The United States and Malaysia share a diverse and expanding partnership and cooperate closely on a number of security matters, including counterterrorism, maritime domain awareness, and regional stability.


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” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110216-02 - Release Date: 2/16/2011 5:31:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public affairs, USS Abraham Lincoln, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58615

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Western Pacific from 14 to 15 February 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Singapore

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 arrived in Singapore on 16 February 2011, to enjoy liberty, meet with local professionals and colleagues, and serve the community. Approximately 5,000 Lincoln and CVW 2 Sailors will visit the island to experience the rich culture and history of one of the world's most thriving nations. While in Singapore, Lincoln will host a reception for nearly 400 distinguished visitors. Guests of honor include Republic of Singapore Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Joseph Leong and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman.

"Singapore continues to be one of our strongest strategic partners in Asia and a key contributor to international maritime security; the region is more stable, secure and prosperous than ever thanks to our maritime cooperation efforts," said Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, Commander, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group. During the reception and following days, more than 1,000 visitors are expected to tour the ship, including notable guests from the Singapore Sailing Federation, members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, numerous international ambassadors, law enforcement officials, and Ms. Singapore 2009 Rachel Kum.

Students from the National University of Singapore's School of Public Policy will also receive a tour and a special presentation on women in leadership roles from Capt. Carol A. Hottenrott, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9.

While in Singapore, Lincoln Strike Group Sailors will participate in six community service events, including a visit to the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore, an organization which provides free, therapeutic horse riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities from all over Singapore. "By working together to expand our partnership, Singapore and the United States will continue to foster and enable the conditions for prosperity within the Southeast Asian region, and free use of the sea lanes by all peaceful nations of the world," said Guadagnini.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is 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. The ships of Lincoln Strike Group currently reach all corners of 7th Fleet, from the USS Shoup in Australia, to USS Halsey underway near Hong Kong, and USS Cape St. George visiting Phuket, Thailand” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110216-01 - Release Date: 2/16/2011 5:29:00 AM - By USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SINGAPORE (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58617

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Singapore from 16 to 19 February 2011” (Ref. 76).


Lincoln Hosts Brunei Military Leaders

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted 16 guests from Brunei while underway on 22 February 2011, including senior members of military and government agencies, media reporters, and U.S. Embassy representatives, during a visit to reinforce the partnership the U.S. shares with its 7th Fleet partner.

The guests were greeted by Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, before attending a formal lunch followed by a full day of tours, discussion forums, a personal briefing by strike group aviators, and interaction with the ship's crew.

Deputy Minister of Defense Dato Paduka Mustappa Sirat was the senior member of the delegation, accompanied by Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Haji Shofry Hj Abdul Ghafor, Permanent Secretary Pengiran Datin Masrainah, Commander of the Joint Operations Center Col. Aziz Tamit, five others from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, four members of the media, and three members of the Embassy staff.

The Brunei delegation was briefed on the ship's defense capabilities while visiting the combat direction center. They then toured the ship's bridge and hangar bays, saw an F/A-18
Super Hornet close-up, and had the opportunity to observe flight operations from the flight deck. "My favorite part of the trip was being on the flight deck," said Senior Superintendent Amiruddin bin Haji Junaidi, head of the Brunei Marine Police. "The rolling, vibrations and action was exhilarating and the professional coordination of all the people and aircraft was very exciting to watch. I can't wait to tell my family and friends about my experience on board the Lincoln."

The U.S. and Brunei have a long established military relationship, to include joint exercises and training evolutions. The purpose of this visit was for
Lincoln to showcase firsthand what capabilities it offers to help maintain stability and security in the region, in a multinational effort to promote peace and prosperity.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for us to see the ship," said Lt. Col. Ghani bin Haji Abdullah, Royal Brunei Land Forces chief of staff. "It is amazing to see all of the ship's potential in supporting all the Sailors and their missions." "It was a trip we will never soon forget, and we must emphasize the importance of your presence in our region," Mustappa said.

 

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110222-14 - Release Date: 2/22/2011 4:51:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58729


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 10 to 13 March 2011, embarking Guest for a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled into port at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 19 March 2011, to disembark CVW-2 and Guest on a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii conducted from 13 to 18 March 2011” (Ref. 76).


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California from 19 to 20 March 2011, disembarking CVW-2 and Guest on a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii conducted from 13 to 18 March 2011, and embarking Guest for a Tiger Cruise in the Eastern Pacific en route to Everett, Washington while in port NASNI” (Ref. 76).

 

he aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrives at its homeport of Everett, Wash. after a six-month deployment t

 

110324-N-AE328-005 - EVERETT, Wash. (March 24, 2011) - The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) arrives at its homeport of Everett, Wash. after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 flew more than 8,300 sorties and completed more than 23,500 flying hours, of which more than 3,600 sorties and nearly 11,000 hours were flown in support of U.S. and coalition ground forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Lockwood/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=98991

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter XXVI (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)

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

 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