Embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, on her transfer to the East Coast operating with the Fleet Forces Command upon departure from the Mediterranean Sea, for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), on her 11th “WestPac” deployment and her fourth North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd 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 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her ninth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)

Chapter XXVIII

Part I of IV - 7 December 2011 to 20 March 2017

Part II of IV - 21 March to 11 June 2012

Part III of IV - 12 June 2012 to 6 August 2012

Part IV of IV - 7 August 2012 and

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2011 YEAR END REPORT

Chapter XXVIII, Appendix I and

 

Abe’s 11th “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XXVIII, 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 XXVIII, Appendix II

 

Chapter XXVIII, Appendix I - II

Section I of  II - 20 December 2011 to 1 June 2012

Section II of  II - 2 June to 3 August 2012

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 embarked, departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 7 December 2011, 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 transfer to the East Coast and Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., operating with the Fleet Forces Command upon departure from the Mediterranean Sea, operating with the 6th Fleet, for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), on her 11th “WestPac” deployment and her fourth North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd 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 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her ninth 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. Abraham Lincoln will steam through the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea en route to the Suez Canal via the Gulf of Aden, Bab el Mandeb Strait and Red Sea, through to the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic and NGSB-NN via possibly Norfolk, Va. and or will transit the Cape of Good Hope from the Indian Ocean to the Southern Atlantic. She will under go her 13th 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 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)

 

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 Fleet, 7th, 5th, Central Command & U. S. Fleet Forces Command  & (4th North Arabian Sea dep.) Fleet Forces (9th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.)

11th WestPac

3rd MSO

4th OEF

 

CVW-2

NE

7 Dec 2011

7 Aug 2012

Western Pacific

Transfer to the East Coast for RCOH

Middle East

Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

Europe

13th FWFD

245-days

 

East Coast Transfer for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect off shore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

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

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

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.

 

“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, Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander, 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: 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) & 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=55955 /

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

 

BUDGET ITEM JUSTIFICATION SHEET P-40

 

APPROPRIATION/BUDGET ACTIVITY

BLI & P-1 ITEM NOMENCLATURE

Aircraft Procurement, Navy/BA-1

 

“Description: The MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopter provides battle group protection and adds significant capability in coastal littorals and regional conflicts. The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter represents a significant mission areas of Undersea Warfare (USW) and Surface Warfare (SUW). Frequency (P-1 SHOPPING LIST CLASSIFICATION: DD Form 2454, JUN 86 ITEM NO. 15 PAGE NO 1 of 7 avionics improvement to the H-60 series helicopters by enhancing primary Airborne Low Sonar ALFS) is added to enhance the existing acoustics suite. An added Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) includes an Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) mode (permits stand-off classification of hostile threats).

 

An improved Electronics Surveillance Measures (ESM) system will enable passive detection and targeting of radar sources not currently detectable. P3I includes upgrades to communication, navigation, IFF, Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS)/Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), radar, weapons, data link, safety, maintenance, airframe and mission planning systems.

 

Basis for FY 2012 Budget Request: The FY 2012 request funds the procurement of 24 aircraft and associated support. The budget assumes a follow-on joint service Multiyear Procurement (MYP) airframe contract and Navy MH-60R & MH-60S MYP for Mission Avionics/Common Cockpit for FY2012 -FY2016.

 

Note: The FY 2011 Advance Procurement (AP) request no longer contains Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) for the Mission Avionics/Common Cockpit Multi-Year Procurement (MYP). As briefed to the four budget committees staffs in the FY 2011 President's budget review, the previously requested EOQ funds will be executed as a one year AP instead of EOQ. EOQ for the MYP as well as the MYP authorization are requested as part of the FY 2012 President's Budget request. The revised AP procurement request properly supports the FY 12 Mission Avionics/Common Cockpit MYP with funds being requested in the appropriate years.

 

FY11 has been updated to reflect pricing changes in GFE, other GFE, and ancillary equipment based on recently executed contracts. Totals on chart at the wev address of bga-aeroweb may not add due to rounding” (Ref. bga-aeroweb.com).

http://www.bga-aeroweb.com/Defense/CLSS/MH-60R-PROC-NAVY-FY12.pdf

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 10 December 2011, to embark CVW-2, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 7 to 9 December 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

 

111211-N-JY929-023 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 11, 2011) Vice Adm. Allen G. Meyers, commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF), addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) over the ship's 1MC communications channel to congratulate them for various accomplishments throughout the year. Lincoln, underway on deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, is changing homeports from Everett, Wash. to Norfolk, Va. following deployment for a periodic refueling complex overhaul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade T. Oberlin/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=112027

 

The commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during the ship's port call in San Diego, California on 11 December 2011.

CNAF Commander Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and Capt. John D. Alexander,
Lincoln's commanding officer, to present them with the 2010 CNAF Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") and addressed the ship's crew.

During his address, he commended
Lincoln Sailors for their high state of readiness heading into the ship's second deployment in the last year, and said the job they are doing is essential to the Navy's overall mission.

"I commend the Sailors aboard this ship for their hard work and dedication," said Myers. "Facing yet another deployment really shows the tremendous character of each and every Sailor aboard." Myers also told the crew they possess a tremendous responsibility to represent their nation to the people of the world.

"Being overseas, you act as a global deterrent to foreign nations. You're constantly protecting our sea lanes. I wish you luck on your deployment, and I have every confidence you will continue to set the bar for success," he said.

Carrier Strike Group 9, comprised of Abraham
Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9, departed Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, on deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Abraham Lincoln is changing homeports from Everett, Wash. to Norfolk, Va. following deployment for a periodic refueling complex overhaul” (Ref. Story Number: NNS111212-15 - Release Date: 12/12/2011 2:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SAN DIEGO (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64335

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 11 December 2012, embarking CVW-2, in port on the 10th, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 7 to 9 December 2011. The commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during the ship's port call in San Diego, California on 11 December  2011. CNAF Commander Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer, to present them with the 2010 CNAF Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") and addressed the ship's crew” (Ref. 76 & Story Number: NNS111212-15 - Release Date: 12/12/2011 2:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SAN DIEGO (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64335

 

 

111215-N-VO377-014 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2011) - Lt. David L. Duprey takes possession of the cremated remains of former Chief Hull Technician Timothy A. Cook during a burial at sea ceremony for 44 former service members and dependants aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is underway on deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and is changing homeports from Everett, Wash. to Norfolk, Va., following deployment for a periodic refueling complex overhaul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=112310

 

Lincoln Holds Burial at Sea

 

Sailors attached to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) committed the remains of 44 veterans and dependents to their final resting place in the Pacific Ocean during a burial-at-sea ceremony on 15 December 2011

The interred received full military honors, including a 21-gun salute under the direction of Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, Abraham Lincoln executive officer, and Cmdr. Denis Cox, command chaplain.

Cox said he believes this kind of ceremony highlights the character and heritage that Sailors hold dear.

"It continues a great tradition that we have in the Navy that we will take care of our shipmates even in their death," said Cox. "We will bury them at sea, and we will do it with honor, solemnity and dignity."

While Cox has been through ceremonies like this before, it was a new experience for many others in attendance, including Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Jovan Gates.

"It was a very humbling and solemn ceremony," Gates said. "It reminded me that one day it's going to be me heading to the bottom of this ocean, too."

Throughout the last week, as Cox cared for the remains, he said he grew attached to all 44 of the people he was watching over.

"As I'm going through these files, time and time again, getting the spellings correct, getting their ranks or their ratings all correct, I began to form a bond," he said. "I began to bond with all of these people, with their stories and with their families. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to enter into their lives and do this."

Cox said there was one story in particular that highlighted the love and respect some Sailors have for the sea and their Navy. Among the 44 people committed to the ocean today, two were a couple who died at different times and wished to be buried at sea at the same time.

"They wanted to do this together," Cox said. "Now they're resting together at sea"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS111216-04 - Release Date: 12/16/2011 1:28:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64444

 

 

111220-N-VO377-231 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 20, 2011) - Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) sort through 36 pallets of mail during an early morning vertical replenishment at sea. Lincoln is deployed to the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility to promote maritime security, regional cooperation and stability. (U.S. Navy photo Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=112659

 

 

111220-N-KQ416-025 - PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 20, 2011) - Lt. Cmdr. Tristan Oliveria, Lt. Michael Chalfant and Chief Yeoman Ken Ingle ask San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley questions during a holiday morale phone call aboard the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of responsibility to promote maritime security, regional cooperation and stability. (U.S. Navy photo Mass Communication Specialist Zachary S. Welch/Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=112602

 

Football, Baseball Stars Call Abraham Lincoln Sailors for Holidays

 

“Three professional sports stars called Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 from 19 to 20 December 2011, to wish them a happy holiday season. Twenty-one fans spoke to New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley during the calls. Graham thanked the Saints fans for their service.

"I want to wish you guys happy holidays and a merry Christmas," he said. "I know you guys can't be with your families during a time like this, and I just want to thank you for all you do for us." Hull Technician 3rd Class Jeremy Conroy, a Baton Rouge, La., native assigned to
Lincoln's Engineering Department, was appreciative of the opportunity to talk to Graham. "It was such a cool experience," Conroy said. "I didn't expect that I'd be able to participate in something like this. He was welcoming and warm to talk to." Patriots and Padres fans were equally as excited to talk to Belichick and Hundley, respectively.

Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Apprentice Jon Quish, a Boston native also assigned to Engineering, said he was lucky to speak with Belichick. "Normally, I wouldn't ever have the chance to talk to him one-on-one," said Quish. "I couldn't keep my hands still. I was shaking. I was really excited." Belichick told his fans aboard Lincoln that he was happy to take the time to speak with them. "I grew up in Annapolis, and I have a lot of connections with the Naval Academy," Belichick said. "I've always been a big supporter of the Navy, and I appreciate all that you go through to help us."

The Sailors who spoke with Belichick said his sincerity was clear throughout the call. Quartermaster Seaman Joshua Graffam, a Saco, Maine native assigned to
Lincoln's Deck Department, said it was a phone call he'll never forget. "He really does care," Graffam said. "He's a patriotic person who really appreciates this country. To have him take his own time after practice to speak to us means a lot." Chief Yeoman Ken Ingle, an Asheville, N.C. native assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 77, said he has been a Padres fan since moving to San Diego 10 years ago. A season-ticket holder, he also coaches little league baseball.

 

"The Padres devote an immense amount of time to the local community and to the development of Little League Baseball," said Ingle. "They are huge supporters of the military, and I just want to say thank you for everything they do." CSG 9 is comprised of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

Lincoln is currently deployed to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy” (Ref. Story Number: NNS111221-07 - Release Date: 12/21/2011 10:26:00 - AM By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64520

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Eastern Pacific from 11 to 22 December 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) arrived in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations on 23 December 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Western Pacific from 23 to 25 December 2011” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) JANUARY, 1 2012 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).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Western Pacific from 23 to 25 December 2011, area of operations from 26 December 2011 to 4 January not reported, en route to Thailand to strengthen ties with the partner nation, arriving in the South China Sea on the 5th” (Ref. 76).

 

Cmdr. Brent Gaut relieves Cmdr. Kenneth Strong as commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 during an airborne change of command.

 

120105-N-JN612-069 - SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 5, 2012) - Cmdr. Brent Gaut relieves Cmdr. Kenneth Strong as commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 during an airborne change of command in the sky near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of a deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans en route to support coalition efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Randolph/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=113029

 

HSM 77 Changes Command

 

“Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 held a change of command ceremony on 5 January 2012, while deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

Cmdr. Brent C. Gaut relieved Cmdr. Ken A. Strong as commanding officer.

The ceremony took place on
Lincoln's flight deck as a symbolic lead change took place in the air. A lead change represents the passing of responsibility of the flight from one aircraft to another.

Strong assumed command of HSM 77 on Nov. 12, 2010. During his tour, the "Saberhawks" completed a transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R aircraft and deployed twice to the 7
th and 5th Fleet areas of operation (AOOs) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, which is attached to Lincoln. Strong received transfer orders to Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) in Arlington, Va.

"While being the CO of this amazing squadron has been the experience of a lifetime, an incredible learning experience, an indescribable honor and the culmination of a wonderful career, I readily admit this squadron is not about me, but about the team," said Strong.

Gaut most recently served in the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy as a policy analyst. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994 and was designated a naval aviator in September 1996.

"I consider it an immense honor and privilege to serve as HSM 77's commanding officer," said Gaut. "I am humbled by our Sailors' sacrifice and inspired by their service to country. I will strive to build upon the impressive standard of operational and personal excellence established by Skipper Strong throughout his Saberhawk tour."

Gaut's previous assignments include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, flight instructor at HSL 41, mini boss on USS
Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and department head with HSL 45.

HSM 77 is currently embarked with
CVW 2 as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 on Lincoln. Lincoln is on a scheduled deployment to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability throughout the 7th and 5th Fleet AOOs” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120105-01 - Release Date: 1/5/2012 5:03:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64637

 

Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), speaks with members of the Thai media.

 

120106-N-SK590-049 - LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (JAN. 06, 2012) - Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), speaks with members of the Thai media on the pier shortly after the ships arrival. Abraham Lincoln is on a port visit to Thailand to strengthen ties with the partner nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim Godbee) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=113063

 

Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Thailand for Port Visit

 

“The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71), was underway in the South China Sea en route to Thailand to strengthen ties with the partner nation, arriving in the South China Sea on the 5th and in Leam Chebang, Thailand, for a port visit on 6 January 2012.

While in Thailand, strike group Sailors will visit with the people of Thailand, experience the local culture and conduct a series of community service projects (COMSERVs) to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Cmdr. Denis Cox, Lincoln's chaplain, said the COMSERVs will be a great opportunity for CSG9 Sailors to get to know the people of Thailand.

"Our Sailors will get to interact with the great institutions of Thailand and meet Thai people in their community," Cox said. "They'll get to know our Sailors for what they really are: servants, leaders and genuinely good people. And nothing will expose our Sailors to what it means to be Thai more than working on these projects." For the COMSERVs, Sailors will paint schools, clean local temples and visit with children at an orphanage in Pattaya.

Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Caleb R. Thomas, assigned to
Lincoln, said he can't wait to go on one of the many Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored tours that will be available to strike group Sailors in Thailand. In addition to historical sites such as Bangkok's Grand Palace and the ruins of Ayudhaya, Sailors will also have the opportunity to visit the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, ride elephants and have fun in Thailand's tropical rain forest. "I plan on having a great time in Thailand," Thomas said.

 

"I can't wait to enjoy a few days relaxing on the beach and cable riding through the jungle." Ensign Deborah I. Frazier, assigned to Lincoln's combat systems department, said she is also looking forward to relaxing, and she wants to develop a firsthand appreciation for the rich heritage of Thailand. "Now that I have the chance to see their culture, I'd really love to see their temples," Frazier said. "We're incredibly lucky that we get to spend time here."

Lincoln is in the 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO) as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans en route to support coalition efforts in the 5th Fleet AOO. Thailand is the first port call of Lincoln's 2011-2012 deployment.

CSG 9 is comprised of the
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).


Following deployment,
Lincoln will change homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120106-01 - Release Date: 1/6/2012 5:12:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman K. Ashley Lawrence, Carrier Strike Group 9 Public Affairs, LEAM CHEBANG, Thailand (NNS)).

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Master Chief Susan Whitman, command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), shares candy with a young girl during a community service project at Camillian Social Center.

 

120107-N-QH883-001 - RAYONG, Thailand (Jan. 7, 2012) - Master Chief Susan Whitman, command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), shares candy with a young girl during a community service project at Camillian Social Center for children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. Members of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) chief's mess visited the center during a port visit to Laem Chabang and Pattaya, Thailand. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric S. Powell/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=113111

 

Lincoln Concludes Thailand Port Visit

 

“Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), accompanied by guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71), departed Laem Chabang, Thailand on 10 January 2012, following a four-day port visit, arriving on the 6th.

While in Thailand, Sailors from the two ships visited with the people of Thailand, experienced the local culture and participated in a series of community service projects (COMSERVs) to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Sailors painted schools, cleaned local temples and visited with children at schools and medical facilities as part of the COMSERVs.

The
Lincoln Chiefs Mess visited with HIV/AIDS-stricken children and adults at the Camillian Relief Center in Rayong. Chief Religious Program Specialist Elliot Warley said spending time with the children was the most worthwhile part of his time in Thailand.

"Even though these kids are sick, they're still kids," Warley said. "We interacted with them, we played with them, and we gave them toys. It was a really good experience."
Other highlights from the port visit included tours of temples and historic sites, elephant rides, jungle adventure tours and visits to the Sriracha Tiger Zoo.

The visit also included military-to-military talks and ship tours for several local groups including Royal Thai navy personnel, local businesses and school children. Additionally,
Lincoln Sailors delivered Project Handclasp supplies to local organizations. Project Handclasp, the Navy's worldwide outreach program, donates humanitarian, educational and goodwill materials to people in need overseas.

Lincoln, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, is in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans en route to support coalition efforts in the 5th leet AOR. The visit to Thailand was the first port call of Lincoln's 2011-2012 deployment.

CSG 9 is comprised of
Lincoln, Cape St. George, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

Following deployment,
Lincoln will change homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120110-03 - Release Date: 1/10/2012 12:10:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64689

 

 

120119-N-YL945-045 - ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 19, 2012) - The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) join for a turnover of responsibility in the Arabian Sea. Both ships are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby K. Neal/Released)

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Abraham Lincoln Arrives in U.S. 5th Fleet

 

“The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived for a routine deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) on 19 January 2012, underway in the South China Sea en route to the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Malacca, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea from 10 to 19 January 2012.

Abraham Lincoln conducted work-ups for months to train, man and equip the CSG prior to it deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, to support maritime security operations, counter-piracy operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and conduct air missions over Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. "Our strike group has trained countless hours to ensure our Sailors are ready to conduct vital operations," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, CSG 9. "We're looking forward to working closely with our coalition and regional partners to keep the sea lanes safe and secure for the free flow of maritime commerce that is so important for the continued prosperity of nations in this region and around the world."

 

Abraham Lincoln CSG is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). "From our air wing to the destroyer squadron and other surface combatant ships, we have a fantastic team," said Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer. "We provide a flexible, adaptable and persistent force that will support the regional commander by providing the greatest assets the Navy has to offer."

 

The arrival of Lincoln brings the number of aircraft carriers to two within the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR. Carl Vinson arrived in theater, Jan. 9. A second aircraft carrier in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR) ensures the U.S. military has the naval and air capabilities to support operational requirements while adequately meeting other security commitments in the region. The aircraft carriers will simultaneously conduct operations in different areas of the AOR, to adequately provide support operations requirements and other security commitments in the region.

Abraham Lincoln departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AORs. The ship departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, Jan. 10, following a four-day port visit prior to transiting to U.S. 5th Fleet. Following deployment, Lincoln will change homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120119-04 - Release Date: 1/19/2012 9:03:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Welch, Carrier Strike Group 9 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64854

 

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), is the title of the United States Navy officer who commands the United States Pacific Fleet. Originally established in 1907 as a two-star rear admiral's billet, the position has been held by a four-star admiral since March 19, 1915. Between 1907 and December 6, 1922, and between February 1, 1941 and October 24, 2002, the post was titled Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT), between December 6, 1922 and April 1, 1931, it was styled Commander-in-Chief, Battle Fleet (CINCBATFLT), and between April 1, 1931 and February 1, 1941 was termed Commander, Battle Force, United States Fleet (COMBATFOR). As of January 20, 2012 the 60th and current Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet is Admiral Cecil D. Haney.[1” (Ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CINCPACFLT). 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Arabian Sea from 19 to 21 January 2012, sailing through the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf on the 22nd” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 22 to 31 January 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain on 1 February 2012” (Ref. 76).

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received the 2012 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for outstanding food service for the category of aircraft carriers on 3 February 2012. Last October, Ney officials visited various Food Services locations aboard Lincoln in order to evaluate the division's efficiency, safety, accuracy, management and budgeting skills. A short time after the inspection, the Navy announced the ship had been selected as a finalist in the carrier class award category. The Ney Memorial Awards Program is co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy and the Internal Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) to recognize quality food and customer service in both shore and afloat commands. The goal of the award is to improve the quality of life for Navy personnel. First place winners and runners up are scheduled to be recognized during an IFSEA conference, March 31, in San Diego. Awards will be presented during the joint military and IFSEA excellence in food service awards ceremony that evening. This year marks the fifth time that Lincoln has won the Ney award, also winning in 1998, 2001 (author of this article notes the awatrd date as 2002), 2003 and 2009. Lincoln was runner up in 1999 and 2006. EQNEEDF Note: “In February 2002, the Food Service Division was announced as the winner of the 2001 Captain Edward F. Ney Award for the best Food Service Division in the Large Afloat class.” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120205-11 - Release Date: 2/5/2012 8:47:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean R. Hillier, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65177

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a for a port call at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain from 1 to 4 February 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 5 to 13 February 2012, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz on 14 February 2012, sailing to the North Arabian Sea through the Gulf of Oman” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) sailed through the Gulf of Oman on the 15th , launching the first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the North Arabian Sea during the deployment on the 16th” (Ref. 76).

 

 

120216-N-KQ416-277 - ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 16, 2012) - Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Gerad J. Hubbard, a plane captain assigned to the Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, signals to the pilot of an EA-6B Prowler during startup procedures on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/Released)

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120216-N-DR144-098 - ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 16, 2012) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) follows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=115951

 

Cape St. George Conducts Connected Replenishment

 

“Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) conducted a connected replenishment (CONREP) with USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) on 23 February 2012

The cruiser, deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), received more than 10,000 gallons of fuel and more than 1,200 pounds of food, repair parts and mail from Drew via hoses and wires during the four-hour evolution.

Cape St. George received 54 pallets of food, supplies and ammunition in order to restock inventory. They received 14 pallets of freezer stores, six pallets of fresh fruits and vegetables, 10 pallets of dry stores, two pallets of ammunition, seven pallets of mail and 15 pallets of parts.

CONREPs occur every other week in order to keep
Cape St. George sustained, however a 54-pallet transfer is bigger than the usual 20-30 pallet transfer.

"Connected replenishments are always a nice change of pace. A working party helps carry the stores down to the reefers," said Lt. j.g. Rebecca Jackman, the food service officer aboard
Cape St. George.

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Pheara Dy places food orders using the guidance of a 14-day cycling menu. It is a careful balance to make sure the right amount of food is ordered. On occasion, the ship gets different fruit indigenous to the area they are in.

"As we passed Hawaii, mangos were a special treat; in Thailand, we looked forward to dragon fruit; and now in the Middle East, we enjoy yogurt," said Dy. "But we definitely look forward to receiving mail the most."

ALCSG is made up of
Cape St. George, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Carrier Air Wing 2, and Destroyer Squadron 9, with guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG- 92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104) deployed.

ALCSG is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120229-24 - Release Date: 2/29/2012 2:00:00 PM - By Ensign Lexi Dauernheim, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)).

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120302-N-KQ416-210 - ARABIAN SEA (March 2, 2012) - Grammy Award-nominated punk rock band Bowling for Soup performs for Sailors in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The band toured the ship, met with Sailors and performed for the crew as part of a tour sponsored by Navy Entertainment. Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/Released)

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Punk Band Rocks Lincoln Sailors

 

“Grammy Award-nominated punk rock band Bowling for Soup entertained a crowd of hundreds of Sailors during an underway concert aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 2 March 2012.

 

The concert was part of a tour sponsored by Navy Entertainment in conjunction with Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

Sailors filled the hangar bay to hear the band perform several hit songs, including "1985," "High School Never Ends," "Almost," "Punk Rock 101," and the Grammy Award-nominated "Girl All the Bad Guys Want." Jaret Reddick, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Denton, Texas-based band, said he appreciated the opportunity to play for the crew.

"We're over there living it up, while you guys are out here keeping us safe," Reddick said. "It's the least we can do to come out here and try to entertain you for 90 minutes, get to know you a little bit better, and let you know we haven't forgotten about you. We appreciate all of your sacrifices."

While aboard, the band received a tour of the ship, signed autographs, posed for photographs and ate lunch with crew members. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling)

 

Airman Recruit Rebeka Graham, a fan of the band since she was nine years old, said it was a great opportunity to enjoy some live music and get a break from the daily routine of deployment.

"I loved it," Graham said. "Being on a ship in the middle of the ocean, I would do this any day. We work long hours. We don't get much time off. These guys came out and took time out of their schedule to play for us, and that's awesome."

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120305-02 - Release Date: 3/5/2012 10:45:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65690

 

 

120305-N-YB753-034 - ARABIAN SEA (March 5, 2012) - Lt. David Flowers, from Bernie, Mo., signals the launch of an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=116662

 

 

120306-N-KQ416-369 - ARABIAN SEA (March 6, 2012) - An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=116775

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) steamed through the Gulf of Oman and entered the Strait of Hormuz on 12 March 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 13 to 16 March 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

Cape St. George Completes Port Visit to Dubai

 

“Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) concluded a four-day port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 17 March 2012. After six weeks at sea, Cape St. George Sailors spent their time in Dubai experiencing the culture and relaxing.

During the visit, Sailors toured some of the cultural and historical sights of Dubai while on
Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored (MWR) tours. These trips offered Sailors opportunities to sand ski, ride camels, tour an ancient fortress, visit carpet markets and see Dubai's skyscrapers.

"Dubai was a great port visit, from seeing Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at over 2,700 feet, to relaxing at the Jumeirah Beach," said Ensign Maya Cuevas, communications officer on
Cape St. George. "I saw many attractions I won't ever forget."

MWR afforded the Sailors an opportunity to learn about and develop an appreciation for a culture rich in tradition. One tour took Sailors to golden sand dunes, where they were able to ride on a camel and eat a local buffet dinner. Sailors also visited the Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Museum.

"I went on the sunset safari tour," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ilan J. Saulnier. "We rode in four-wheel drive vehicles over sand dunes, ate an amazing buffet, rode camels and watched the sunset over the sand dunes."

Lt. Cmdr. James P. Drew, the executive officer on
Cape St. George, said he looks forward to visiting Dubai again. "The last time I was in Dubai was 14 years ago," Drew recalled. "It's amazing to see how much the city has grown."

Cape St. George is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 is operating in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more news from USS
Cape St. George (CG-71), visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/USS-Cape-St-George” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120327-04 - Release Date: 3/27/2012 10:44:00 AM - By Ensign Lexi Dauernheim, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66108

 

Momsen Expeditionary Medical Team Prepared to Support VBSS Team

 

As reported on 17 March 2012, “a team of medical officers and hospital corpsmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS), embarked aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92), are prepared, should the need to arise, to render medical assistance to members of visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team. ERSS teams are deployed aboard surface naval ships conducting counter-piracy missions which normally do not have a fully staffed emergency medical team. The team's primary purpose is to provide any necessary life-saving surgery and quickly transport the patient to a higher level of care.

"We are here to treat any severe injuries that might result during
VBSS operations," said Cmdr. Todd Parker, the emergency medicine physician. "We treat anything that compromises the patient's ability to breathe or circulate blood throughout their body."


The ERSS is comprised of nine Sailors and split into three teams: expeditionary trauma team, expeditionary surgical team and expeditionary transport team. Even though the physician, surgeon, nurses and hospital corpsmen are divided into separate teams, they would act as one team during a real emergency situation. "The unit is modeled after similar types of mobile trauma bays that are deployed with the Marines," said Parker.

 

"Ultimately, we operate as one team and back each other up." In the event of an emergency, the team has built a temporary operating room aboard Momsen.

 

After surgery has been completed by the expeditionary surgical team, the expeditionary transport team would then take charge to medically evacuate the patient to the nearest hospital or to a larger ship, such as an aircraft carrier equipped with more resources to treat the patient. "My primary mission is to be a transport nurse if we had to medically evacuate a patient," said Lt. j.g. Thomas Gaffney, critical care nurse for the expeditionary transport team. "I keep the patient stable." The team trains daily in various scenarios to maintain their medical qualifications and operational readiness. "As a Navy medical professional, you give Sailors fighting at the tip of the spear the peace of mind that if something happens to them, there's going to be someone there to take care of them," said Parker.

Momsen is deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, with guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting Maritime Security Operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120317-09 - Release Date: 3/17/2012 11:51:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, USS Momsen Public Affairs, USS MOMSEN, At sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65942

 

 

120319-N-KQ416-067 - ARABIAN GULF (March 19, 2012) - Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, passes through rainbow sideboys on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=117849

 

NAVCENT Commander Visits Lincoln

 

The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Arabian Gulf from 19 to 20 March 2012.

During his visit, Vice Adm. Mark Fox met with leadership from
Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. He also toured the ship and spoke to Sailors during an all-hands call.

Fox discussed numerous topics including
Operation Enduring Freedom, the future of cyber warfare and the importance of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

"We as a nation have interests all over the world," Fox said. "The
Strait of Hormuz, and this particular part of the world in general, are vital to the overall wellbeing of the global economy, and we are all interconnected." He thanked the crew for all the long hours and months of work they have put in supporting the mission and maintaining stability in the region.

"I fully understand the nature and the challenges of the mission we've given to all of you," he said. "You guys have been on a really tough schedule, but you're all doing some incredibly important work. I appreciate it."

Fox acknowledged the professionalism of the men and women serving on the ship and throughout the strike group. "You are the role models of what our nation is all about," he said. "You come together from all over different parts of our large country to serve and do something that is so much bigger than yourselves."

He concluded by thanking the crew for their service to the country and for their devotion to duty. "Thanks for your service," he said. "It's an honor to be aboard
Abraham Lincoln. God bless you all, and thank you for what you're doing."

CSG 9 is comprised of
Lincoln, CVW 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and DESRON 9, which consists of guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Momsen (DDG-92). The strike group is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120322-07 - Release Date: 3/22/2012 1:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66030

 

Soldiers on the High Seas: Coordinating Ground Forces Aboard Abraham Lincoln

 

As reported on 20 March 2012, “throughout the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Army personnel will be embarked to help coordinate Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 air support for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

These U.S. Army ground liaison officers (GLO), assigned to the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (Det.), serve as communications links between soldiers and Marines on the ground in Afghanistan and the pilots of CVW 2.

GLOs use various networks such as the combined enterprise regional information exchange system and secret internet protocol router network phones to communicate with ground forces about planned missions and patrols. They also brief pilots prior to every sortie flown in support of
OEF. Once the aircraft launch from the ship, the forces on the ground are in direct contact with the pilots in the air.

GLOs also help interpret jargon from the different branches of service and work to decipher it for other personnel. "Different acronyms often mean different things for each service, and sometimes certain terms are used differently, too," said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Bishop. "We act almost as translators between the two when needed." GLOs deploy for a year at a time and transfer from one carrier to the next whenever a different ship begins operations in support of
OEF.

"We were on
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) before this, and we'll go to whatever ship relieves Lincoln afterward," said Army Capt. Asher Ballew. "GLOs have been known to be out to sea for up to 120 consecutive days, sometimes more, without a port call. We have to pack light and be ready to move when and where we're needed." Ballew said working side by side with Sailors aboard a carrier is a rare but exciting experience. "There's a statistic that only about .01 percent of soldiers will ever serve on a naval warship," Ballew said. "It's pretty cool to be part of such a small statistic."

Lincoln and embarked CVW 2 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of OEF.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 9, which also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120320-02 - Release Date: 3/20/2012 5:39:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy D. Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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Chapter XXVIII (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)

Part I of IV - 7 December 2011 to 20 March 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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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)

 

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To Be Announced

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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)

 

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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

 

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To Be Announced

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978-1-365-74587-4

 

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

 

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

 

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978-1-4276-0465-1

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978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

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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)

 

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978-1-4276-0452-1

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(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)

 

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