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

 

 

VFA-34 Blue Blasters Honor Fallen Service Members

 

“The Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 painted the names of fallen service members on their F/A-18C Hornets on 23 March 2012, to honor them.

Lt. Dustin Wood started the project, on 28 February 2012, after learning of the death of a high school friend and the severe wounding of a college roommate. Hoping to create a memorial that would provide a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by fellow service members, Wood solicited names of friends and family members lost in Operation Enduring Freedom from fellow Blue Blasters and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 personnel.

"The day-to-day rigor of life on the carrier makes it easy for all of us to lose focus on our primary mission, supporting ground forces in Afghanistan," Wood said. "By replacing pilot names with those of service members killed in action (KIA), the Blue Blasters hope to provide some perspective on this vital mission and pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The KIA names serve as a symbol of the pride, selflessness and teamwork that is prevalent throughout our strike group."

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Moore, also with VFA-34, said he was honored to sponsor a close family friend.

"It's easy to get bogged down about your own trivial things with living on the ship, and this is a great opportunity to drive home what we are doing out here. It prevents us from being detached by being on the ship while they are on land," Moore said. "It means a lot to the members who get to sponsor the name of a loved one on a jet."

VFA-34 is one of nine squadrons deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of CSG 9. CSG 9 is comprised of Lincoln, CVW 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 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 OEF” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120402-11 - Release Date: 4/2/2012 9:32:00 AM - By Lt. j.g. Chelsea Decker, VFA-34 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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HSM-77 Saberhawk Technicians Keep Helicopters Mission Ready

 

As 26 March 2012, “the aviation electronics technicians (ATs) of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 have maintained the squadron's helicopters at 100 percent mission capable status on their deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for the past four months. The Saberhawks of HSM-77 fly the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, housed with an array of sophisticated sensors and mission systems.

 

These systems, which include secure cryptographic radio, satellite and data communications, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging and state-of-the-art airborne low-frequency sonar (ALFS), support HSM-77's primary missions of surface warfare (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

"In order for us to successfully execute our primary missions, our aircraft must be 100 percent mission capable, and our aviation electronic technicians play a critical role in ensuring our aircraft combat readiness," said Cmdr. Brent Gaut, commanding officer of HSM-77. "Our platform and its mission systems are AT-intensive; it is crucial our ATs maintain a robust level of knowledge and subject matter expertise in order to effectively address time-critical malfunctions."

 

Since deploying in early December 2011 with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, HSM-77 has already flown more than 450 sorties from Lincoln and navigated through the Strait of Hormuz numerous times, while also supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in the Arabian Sea. Of those flights, none have been cancelled due to mission system failures.

This execution is due in large part to the level of knowledge and expertise that ATs embody. With backgrounds that range from technical training in the fields of basic electrical theory and advanced aviation electronics to prior experience on various other aviation platforms like the SH-60B
Seahawk, F/A-18 Hornet, and P-3 Orion, HSM-77 ATs are able to quickly and efficiently address issues that arise in the fast-paced military environment.

 

"AT's are a rare breed. Few can match their intelligence, work ethic and contribution in our ability to complete our mission," said Lt. Naotomo Gibson, AT Division officer. It is not uncommon for a mission system to degrade or have issues during a flight, thus handicapping the aircraft in executing its mission. However, the aforementioned level of expertise exhibited by ATs has allowed them to troubleshoot and address these issues within narrow windows of time, bringing the helicopter back to full mission capability and allowing air operations to continue seamlessly.

 

"I have worked on many other naval aircraft, but the MH-60R has the added advantage of instant satisfaction upon fixing a problem," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Cisneros. "When you have less than 15 minutes to determine the nature of a problem and to be able to address it as well, bringing the system back up to its full capability and allowing the helicopter to re-launch and continue its mission, you know you made that happen and were a part of something big."

HSM-77,
CVW 2, and Lincoln are part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), which also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 ships USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). ALCSG is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of OEF” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120326-05 - Release Date: 3/26/2012 5:54:00 AM - By Lt. j.g. Adam Arndt, HSM-77 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66076

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 17 to 27 March 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) steamed through the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Oman on 28 March 2012, entering the North Arabian Sea on 29 March 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

 

120410-N-MK401-080 - ARABIAN SEA (April 10, 2012) - Aviation Machinist's Mate Airmen Jason S. Kaminski and Luiz Ferreira prepare the engine of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 for inspection in the hangar bay 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 Mason D. Campbell/Released)

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 An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 transports supplies.

 

120412-N-JY929-007 - ARABIAN SEA (April 12, 2012) - An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 transports supplies from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), not pictured, during a replenishment at sea. 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 3rd Class Wade T. Oberlin/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=121525

 

Lincoln Throws Party on Flight Deck

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took a break from their operational schedule to enjoy a picnic on the ship's flight deck on 12 April 2012.

The "steel beach picnic" included a barbecue for more than 4,000 Sailors, a dodgeball tournament, a slam-dunk contest, a water balloon contest, basketball, live music and two golf tee boxes.

"It's a great morale booster for the Sailors because it gives us a reward for all of our hard work and a chance to unwind," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jose Bautista.

Volunteers from the ship's chiefs' mess started the food preparation when the grills were lit early in the morning to begin cooking the large meal. The menu included hot dogs, ribs, grilled chicken and hamburgers, pasta salad, assorted fruits, deserts, water and soda.

"Every day, the Sailors are doing things for us; cooking for them gives us a chance to give back," said Chief Information Systems Technician Allen Jones.

Many Sailors found their own entertainment. With plenty of open space on the flight deck, Sailors organized games of soccer and football, while others sat in the sun and socialized.

"It gave me the chance to get outside and meet people who are not in my shop," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Matt Murphy. "Also, the break from work was a great plus."

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).

CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing 2, embarked aboard
Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120416-21 - Release Date: 4/16/2012 5:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen L. Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66499

 

 

120413-N-VO377-135 - ARABIAN SEA (April 13, 2012) - Members of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) chiefs' mess grill ribs during no-fly day festivities on the ship's flight deck. 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 Jonathan P. Idle/Released)

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120417-N-MK401-127 - ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2012) - Lt. Cmdr. Clemente Gattano explains flight deck control operations to Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Rich Franklin, Keith Jardine and Stephan Bonnar 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 Seaman Mason D. Campbell/Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=122022

 

UFC Fighters Visit Lincoln

 

Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 17 April 2012. Rich "Ace" Franklin, Keith. "The Dean of Mean" Jardine and Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar toured the ship, visited with Sailors, signed autographs for fans and gave a grappling demonstration in the ship's hangar bay. "It was awesome," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Recruit Chris Spires. "I've watched these guys since I was little, and they inspired me to start training in mixed martial arts (MMA). My buddies would never believe I actually got to meet these guys."

Shortly after flying aboard, the fighters met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. After a quick briefing, the fighters visited crew members throughout the ship. "We were more than happy to visit
Lincoln, especially because the UFC has always had strong support from service members," said Franklin. "It's great coming out here to the ships because everybody has been serving and working hard for so long," added Franklin. "If coming out here helps boost the morale, then it's the least I can do." Though the fighters were only on board for a few hours, they managed to make a lasting impression on a few Lincoln Sailors.

 

Airman Richard Gunther said he was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of his heroes. "The sport is so cool," said Gunther. "Everyone back home will be very excited when they see the pictures. This is one of the coolest experiences of my time in the Navy." Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is the co-creator of the Keep It in the Ring Foundation, a group that advocates nonviolence and character building for American youth. Jardine is a light heavyweight known for victories over Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Bonnar, also a light heavyweight, works as a personal trainer.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, the guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom “ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120419-13 - Release Date: 4/19/2012 11:59:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mason D. Campbell, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66593

 

 

120421-N-KQ416-476 - ARABIAN SEA (April 21, 2012) - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary replenishment oiler RFA Fort Victoria (A387) transit the Arabian Sea. 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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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) transits the Arabian Sea.

 

120422-N-SK590-937 - ARABIAN SEA (April 22, 2012) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) transits the Arabian Sea. Sterett is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group 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 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)

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120423-N-JN612-173 - ARABIAN SEA (April 23, 2012) - Landing signal officers provide guidance during aircraft recovery 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 3rd Class Adam Randolph/Released)

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120423-N-KQ416-035 - ARABIAN SEA (April 23, 2012) - Country music superstar Toby Keith talks with Quartermaster Seaman John Mendez while touring the bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Keith is on his 10th tour with the United Services Organization (USO) performing for deployed service members around the world. 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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Country Music Star Toby Keith Entertains Lincoln Sailors

 

Country music superstar Toby Keith performed for more than 4,000 Sailors during an underway concert in the hangar bay of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 23 April 2012. The concert was part of a tour sponsored by the United Services Organization (USO) in conjunction with Navy Entertainment to boost the morale of deployed Sailors.

The Sailors gathered in the hangar bay to hear Keith perform several of his numerous hit songs, including "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," "American Soldier," "Should've Been a Cowboy" and "Red Solo Cup." Keith, who is currently on his 10th USO tour since 2002, said he started performing for service members as a way to honor his late father's memory, but after his first tour, he knew it was something he wanted to continue doing.

"I was going to do a couple weeks just to honor my dad and the time he did in the service, and we just fell in love with it," Keith said. "The men and women that serve had such a good time that the USO said, 'they want you to go back.' So we started going every year. Now, 10 years and 180-something shows later, we keep coming back. It's been a wonderful time." While aboard
Lincoln, Keith toured the ship, signed autographs, posed for photographs and stood witness as a group of Lincoln Sailors reenlisted. Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Kenneth Gaal, one of the reenlisting Sailors, said he was honored to have Keith there for the ceremony.

"Toby Keith has supported the Navy and the United States in our military endeavors for over a decade," Gaal said. "He is a patriotic celebrity who shows his support for the sacrifices we make, and I'm proud to have been able to reenlist in his presence. This has certainly been the highlight of my deployment."

Keith said he appreciated all the Sailors in attendance at the show as well as all U.S. service members stationed around the world. "I see the job you do every day," he said. "It's a tough job. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard; I get to see it all. You do a wonderful job. Godspeed to you. As long as you're out here, we'll keep trying to come back, shake your hand and thank you for what you do."

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 9, which also includes 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). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120424-19 - By Release Date: 4/24/2012 1:16:00 PM - 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=66716

 

Toby Keith Performs Underway for Deployed Cape St. George Sailors

 

A country music superstar performed for more than 350 Sailors during an underway concert on the forecastle of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) on 24 April 2012. With the garrison flag flying from the forward deckhouse, the Sailors gathered to hear Toby Keith perform several of his numerous hit songs, including "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," "Red Solo Cup" and "As Good as I Once Was." The United Services Organization (USO) and Navy Entertainment sponsored the concert to boost the morale of the deployed Sailors. Keith, who is on his 10th USO tour, "Live in Overdrive," performed a concert aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) the day before.

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kyle Peters said his brother saw Keith two years ago in Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan, and Peters was glad to also have the chance to see Keith perform live. "His patriotism and support for the U.S. military shows through his music and the amount of time he spends visiting the troops," Peters said. While aboard Cape, Keith toured the vertical launching system, the MT51 5-inch gun loader room, and the combat information center before performing and signing autographs.


Chief Logistics Specialist Zach Schneider, one of Cape's supply leading chief petty officers, said he also saw Keith while he was in Afghanistan. "He has entertained Sailors, soldiers, Marines and airmen all over," Schneider said. "I admire the man personally, and I enjoy his music." Capt. Don D. Gabrielson, commanding officer of Cape, accompanied the band on guitar for the last few songs."Toby Keith's visit was one of the most morale-boosting events we have had this deployment. I don't think he will ever know how much it lifted our spirits," said Ensign Kelly Carson, Cape's strike officer.

Cape and
Lincoln are currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120430-05 - Release Date: 4/30/2012 11:11:00 AM - By Ensign Lexi Dauernheim, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66854

 


120424-N-WD757-006 - ARABIAN SEA (April 24, 2012) - A Sailor jumps from an aircraft elevator during an all-hands swim call 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 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

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Lincoln Sailors Jump at Swim Call Opportunity

 

Thousands of Sailors went for a dip in the Arabian Sea during a swim call aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 24 April 2012.

More than 2,500 Sailors jumped nearly 27 feet from one of the ship's aircraft elevators into the
Arabian Sea and swam about 110 meters to the aft stern dock. Air rescue swimmers from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 and shipboard search and rescue (SAR) swimmers stood watch throughout the event to ensure the swimmers' safety.

"It wasn't that long of a swim to get to the stern, but I would definitely do it again," said Airman Christyl Roper. "I felt really safe. There were a lot of rescue swimmers, and they all kept a close eye on us. They seemed really calm, which made us feel calm. We all just had a fun time."

Air Rescue Swimmer 2nd Class Jeremy Smith said he and the other rescue swimmers kept an eye on the Sailors from the moment they hit the water, to when they surfaced and returned to the ship. The rescue swimmers also kept watch for fatigued Sailors, changes in sea currents and dangerous sea life.

"It was a thrill," said Airman Danny Longoria. "It went by so fast. You have no idea what is going on and how fast you are dropping. It feels great to get that adrenaline and relieve stress. We're on the flight deck all day, and an event like this really can jump-start your week."

Lincoln's commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief were the first ones to leap in the water to kick off the event. For Capt. John D. Alexander, the ship's commanding officer, it was the first swim call in a Navy career spanning more than 29 years. "After two extensions, this swim call was much-needed," said Lt. j.g. Dyane Scott, the event's coordinator. "We needed something to uplift the morale of the crew, and this was the perfect way to do just that."

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).

CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln
, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120425-01 - Release Date: 4/25/2012 5:50:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. Martinez, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66732

 

VFA-2 Changes Command

 

‘’The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 held a change of command ceremony on 25 April 25012, while deployed with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).


Cmdr. James Bates relieved Cmdr. Patrick Greene as commanding officer. The airborne ceremony took place over
Lincoln's flight deck, while squadron crew members looked on. Greene passed the lead of the aircraft formation to Bates, symbolizing the transfer of authority and the official change of command. In traditional fashion, the officers of VFA-2 celebrated Greene's last flight in the command by wetting him down upon landing. Following the wetting down, Greene briefly addressed the squadron.

 

Capt. Dave Silkey, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, presented him with a Meritorious Service Medal. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the 52nd commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron Two," said Greene. "I wish to extend my sincerest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to our officers, chiefs and Sailors for their extraordinary efforts during the course of two incredibly demanding combat deployments and two arduous work-up cycles. Our Sailors accomplish amazing things every day, and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with them and the entire Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 team."

 

Greene assumed command of VFA-2 March 18, 2011. During his tour, the Bounty Hunters earned the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") and the 2011 CNAF Rear Adm. C. Wade McClusky Awards. Bates most recently was an instructor at VFA-106. He was born in Greenwich, Conn., enlisted in the Navy in 1987, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 and was designated a naval flight officer in November 1996. "I could not have asked for a better mentor to serve with during my tour as executive officer. Cmdr. Greene will be missed," said Bates. "His leadership and all the hard work every Bullet Sailor has put in transformed VFA-2 into the finest strike fighter squadron in the Navy."

Bates' previous assignments include flying the F-14
Tomcat; flying with Fighter Squadron (VF) 154; as a strike fighter tactics instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic; at VFA-213 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet and as training officer of VFA-106. VFA-2 is one of nine squadrons that make up CVW 2, embarked aboard Lincoln. Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, composed of USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 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“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120425-14 - Release Date: 4/25/2012 4:08:00 PM - By Lt. Mitchell Cole, VFA-2 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Golden Falcons Supply Lincoln Strike Group, One Replenishment at a Time

 

“Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 Sailors have completed 34 replenishments-at-sea during their 2011-2012 deployment as of 26 April 2012, 14 of which have been to supply the ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

HSC 12's Detachment 1, operating from aboard the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), have transferred more than 7,200 pallets of cargo over the past five months, including 784 pallets of mail, 3,927 pallets of food and 896 pallets of parts, said Lt. Noel Koenig, a supply officer aboard
Lincoln.

All the pallets were moved during more than 150 flight hours.

"Vertical replenishments (VERTREPs) are a more dynamic evolution, and they enhance front-to-back crew resource management," said Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Christopher Mefford. "It becomes a game of precision, where both helicopter crews are competing to see who can place the load more accurately on the flight deck."

The detachment on Drew consists of six pilots, six air crewmen and 24 maintenance personnel operating two MH-60S Knighthawks, which are used to support at least two scheduled replenishments per week. When the crews are not involved with VERTREPs, pilots and aircrew fly to maintain currency and complete training objectives in order to obtain higher qualifications for other mission sets.

"As a pilot, you really learn how to operate the helicopter in all of its flight regimes," said Lt. j.g. Ryan Van Loo, an HSC-12 pilot. "Flying forward, backward and sideways, you must precisely fly the helicopter to the hook-up man without striking any of the loads on the deck."

HSC-12 also provides search and rescue assets, armed surveillance and reconnaissance, and maritime security operations in support of CSG 9.

HSC-12 is one of nine squadrons deployed as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). CSG 9 also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120507-09 - Release Date: 5/7/2012 2:47:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Amanda McNally, HSC-12 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
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Roosevelt, Truman Personnel Join Abraham Lincoln Crew for Deployment

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) welcomed more than 50 shipmates from two sister carriers on 1 May 2012, for temporary assigned duty (TAD) to gain sea experience as the ship conducts missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The TAD personnel, from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), are also embarked with Lincoln's crew to earn qualifications.

 

"We have at least 50 Sailors TAD to departments throughout the ship" said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Mike Hopkins, who is himself TAD to Lincoln's flight deck. "It's a great experience to be on a ship that's actually operational and not in a shipyard right now." Many of Lincoln's TAD personnel are deployed aboard a ship for the first time. Of the 15 Sailors TAD to the ship's Deck department, only two have been deployed before.


"When I came aboard, I was amazed that the ship actually had things inside of it," said Seaman Haley Sahr.

 

"When we arrived on the Roosevelt, our ship was stripped down to just bulkheads." Seaman Alton Young, a maintainer of one of Lincoln's fueling stations, said he is glad to be able to deploy to further his naval career. "It takes some time getting used to a deployed environment, but it's a very rewarding experience," he said. Serving aboard Lincoln grants the TAD personnel opportunities they wouldn't have in a shipyard environment. "Being deployed allows a lot of our personnel to work on warfare pins as well as work in their professions," said Hopkins.

 

"It also benefits Lincoln in the fact that the ship's crew has extra help on deployment." Sahr said that wherever they work, all their efforts ultimately serve the same goal. "At the end of the day, we're all in the same Navy regardless of what ship we serve on," Sahr said. "We all support the same mission." The TAD personnel will return to their respective permanent duty stations when Lincoln's arrives at her new homeport of Norfolk at the end of the deployment.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, the guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120501-33 - Release Date: 5/1/2012 10:17:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66895

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 29 March to 1 May 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) steamed through the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz east to the Persian Gulf, pulling in for a port call at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain from 2 to 5 May 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf on 6 May 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

Kuwait Military Officials, US Ambassadors Visit Lincoln at Sea

 

Kuwaiti Air Force and U.S. Embassy officials met with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 leadership aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier on 9 May 2012. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence Director of Operations and Plans, Kuwaiti Air Force Maj. Gen. Abdulrazaq Al-Awadhi, and the Defense Attachiee of Kuwait City, Brig. Gen. Rick B. Mattson, a U.S. Embassy senior defense official, joined several other Kuwaiti military officials to tour Lincoln and observe maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. The visit was designed to strengthen military-to-military relations and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to long-term stability and security in the region. From the ship's flag bridge and vulture's row, Kuwaiti military officials and cadets viewed fly-bys as Kuwaiti pilots rode in the backseats of two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2. The guests also viewed an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of VFA 137 in the ship's hangar bay. Al-Awadhi said the visit would increase the cadets' understanding of the importance of Lincoln's mission in the region. "Many of the cadets in this group have recently graduated," Al-Awadhi said. "We have been involved with exchange programs in the past, and this embark is to operate with friends in the area. It's also a great opportunity for the cadets to come out and see this ship." Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120516-12 - Release Date: 5/16/2012 3:36:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wade T. Oberlin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67206

 

Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, performs for the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the ship's hangar bay.

 

120507-N-KQ416-149 ARABIAN GULF (May 7, 2012) Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, performs for the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the ship's hangar bay. 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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Miss America Entertains Lincoln Sailors

 

Miss America 2011 visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) from 7 to 9 May 2012, and performed for thousands of Sailors while aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

While Teresa Scanlan has participated in many United Services Organization (USO)-sponsored events since being crowned Miss America in January 2011, the visit to
Lincoln was her first to a deployed U.S. naval ship. She also visited Sailors on the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) for several hours, May 8.

"When I first walked on the ship, I was shocked and amazed at how big it was," Scanlan said. "I got to see some really cool things while on board, like going on the flight deck while flight operations were going on."

During her visit, Scanlan signed autographs, posed for photographs, ate lunch with crew members, learned about various jobs Sailors perform on the ship and accompanied the ship's band during a concert in the hangar bay. Scanlan and the band played various cover songs, including one song on the piano that she performed while competing in the Miss America pageant.

While on stage, Scanlan expressed her appreciation and thanked the Sailors for their service and for their sacrifices on behalf of their country.

"It may sound clich, and I can't say it enough, but there are no words to express my gratitude," Scanlan said. "There's no way I can ever say 'thank you' enough. Our whole country-every American is saying 'thank you.'"

Scanlan, who will start college in August, said military service is something she has considered for her future. After law school, she said she might join the Navy to practice military law as a judge advocate general before eventually embarking on a civil law career.

Cape St. George and Lincoln are currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120510-01 - Release Date: 5/10/2012 5:09:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67064

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 6 to 10 May 2012 and in the Strait of Hormuz on 11 May 2012, steaming through the Gulf of Oman and was underway in the North Arabian Sea on 12 May 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

HSM-77 Deploys First MH-60R on British Ship

 

“The Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, Detachment 5, completed a two-week embark aboard Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Fort Victoria (A387) on 14 May 2012. At the request of Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Royal Thai navy Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 deployed HSM-77 to Fort Victoria, Likitawong's flagship.


"The presence of Carrier Air Wing 2's HSM-77, Det. 5 aboard RFA Fort Victoria was a major milestone for the squadron, and contributed significantly toward U.S.-U.K. interoperability in the area of responsibility (AOR)," said Cmdr. Brent Gaut, HSM-77 commanding officer. "This marked the first time a U.S. Navy MH-60R detachment embarked on a Royal Navy vessel and further cemented the bond with our coalition partner navies."

Detachment 5 was chosen for the embark because the primary mission of its MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters are surface and anti-submarine warfare. HSM-77's goals during its embark were to provide Fort Victoria with an enhanced surface search capability for its counter-piracy mission, and show that U.S. Navy helicopter squadrons can successfully prepare, deploy, operate and disembark a detachment from foreign vessels. After an extensive planning period, an eight-man site survey team was deployed to Fort Victoria to view its facilities and determine the feasibility of supporting an MH-60R helicopter detachment, to include storage requirements for classified documents, communication equipment and ordnance. Once planning was completed, a single helicopter was flown aboard to test Fort Victoria's air operations procedures and support equipment.

"It was clear upon arrival that the aviation spaces were excellent," said Lt. Cmdr. Aric Edmondson, Det. 5 officer in charge. "For cruiser/destroyer pilots, the Fort Victoria flight deck was large in comparison, and made for an outstanding forward-afloat staging base, but there were still challenges we had to overcome." Detachment 5 began its mission aboard Fort Victoria May 2. The first two days included meetings, briefs and flight operations training to ensure both sides were adequately prepared to support the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) multinational partnership.

 

After receiving certification from the United Kingdom Aviation Authority located on board, Fort Victoria and Detachment 5 were ready to begin air operations. For the remainder of their stay, Detachment 5 conducted counterpiracy surface surveillance coordination (SSC) flights in three operating areas. While embarked, Detachment 5 located and tracked numerous suspicious surface contacts, collecting dozens of photographs and hours of video to be analyzed and used for future reference, and responded to two piracy distress calls from merchant vessels. In the end, the highlight of their stay was the last two days of their scheduled flight operations.

CTF-151 staff received information that a pirate action group had attacked three motor vessels in the southern half of the
North Arabian Sea, May 11. Fort Victoria, along with two other coalition surface combatants, was ordered to canvass the area to locate and assist the merchant ships in distress. While the ship steamed ahead, Detachment 5 and CTF-151 staff put together a plan of action that would maximize the helicopter's on-station time to assist those in need.

Once on scene, Detachment 5 launched an MH-60R aircraft and to aid the distressed merchant vessels, early in the morning May 12. Using tactics they had spent years perfecting and an array of mission systems, the aircrew began collecting data and intelligence on the vessels of interest. Upon completion of their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, the aircraft returned to Fort Victoria and briefed the staff on their findings, which included one motor vessel already under pirate control and the location of a pirate mother ship.

That evening, a coalition boarding team liberated the ship using the information gathered and disseminated by Detachment 5. The deployment of Detachment 5 aboard Fort Victoria exhibited the capabilities of HSM-77 and the MH-60R, and the continuing development of CMF coalition forces' interoperability. "The successful result of this endeavor is a testament to the quality of Sailors we have here at HSM-77, their unfailing commitment to our Navy, and their willingness to find a way to say 'yes we can' vice 'that can't be done.' I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished," said Gaut.

HSM-77,
CVW-2 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are deployed as part of CSG-9, which includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120608-17 - Release Date: 6/8/2012 3:44:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Adam Arndt, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Matthew Hamm applies the name of Army Sgt. Troy Hayes to the side of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter.

 

120515-N-BL924-002 - ARABIAN SEA (May 15, 2002) - Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Matthew Hamm applies the name of Army Sgt. Troy Hayes to the side of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Hayes, serving in Afghanistan, is the brother-in-law of HSM-77 Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Michael Noviski. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Adam Arndt/Released)

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The command master chief of USS Abraham Lincoln wipes tears from her eyes while watching a slide presentation during a change of charge ceremony.

 

120525-N-KQ416-026 - ARABIAN SEA (May 25, 2012) - Master Chief Susan Whitman, command master chief of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), wipes tears from her eyes while watching a slide presentation during a change of charge ceremony. Master Chief Gregg Weber relieved Whitman during the ceremony. 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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Lincoln Welcomes New Command Master Chief

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a change of charge ceremony on 25 May 2012, while the ship was underway. During the ceremony, Command Master Chief (CMC) Susan "Suz" Whitman was relieved by Command Master Chief Gregg Weber.

Whitman served as CMC since March 2010, undertaking responsibilities as the commanding officer's advisor on enlisted matters, policies and procedures, and ensuring the personal and professional well-being of
Lincoln Sailors.

Capt. John D. Alexander,
Lincoln's commanding officer, said Whitman's tenure aboard Abe was finishing as strong as it started. "This 4-foot-9-inch lady showed up, and this place exploded with energy. The chief's mess became uncontrollable," Alexander said. "We were contenders within a month, and no one could believe it."

Under Whitman's leadership, the crew's advancement rates increased and the number of Sailors qualified in the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) programs increased by more than 300 percent.

"The crew pulled together and took this ship from worst to first, and we are now a
Battle 'E' carrier," Whitman said to the crew during her farewell address. "As any proud mother or CMC would say, we are the best carrier in the Navy." "She led from the front in this command and has had a major impact on our lives," said Alexander. "Every success is directly traceable to her impact on this command."

Whitman thanked all of her shipmates and her family for their continued support. "I am honored and I am humbled to have worked side by side with each and every one of you," she said. "When I get on that flight to leave the ship, know that I have given you everything I have had to give and that you will be truly missed. I will not say 'goodbye,' but I will say, 'see you in Norfolk.'"

Whitman will report next to Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Va., the same city where
Lincoln will be homeported at the completion of the ship's current deployment. Lincoln left her former homeport of Everett, Wash., in December 2011 in order to relocate to Norfolk to undergo a refueling complex overhaul, which will keep her in the yards until 2015 at the earliest.

Weber's relocation to Norfolk brings him to
Lincoln following a tour as the CMC of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. "It is truly a humbling experience to fill such a prestigious assignment. I look forward to serving as your command master chief," said Weber, addressing the Lincoln crew. "I would like to thank Master Chief Whitman for her outstanding turnover.

 

I walked around the spaces with her and met motivated Sailors, and it has really impressed me. You have some really good stuff going on here." Weber, a native of Oakdale, N.Y., said his main goals while aboard Lincoln are to ensure the ship's safe transition from an operational to a shipyard environment and to reunite Lincoln's Sailors with their families in Norfolk. "I would like the Sailors to know I am here for them," he said. "Their success is my success, and their failures are my failures. I don't mind if they come up to me and ask for a few minutes because I will find the time for them."

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, 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). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120528-03 - Release Date: 5/28/2012 9:47:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
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A Sailor puts on firefighting equipment during a damage control olympics race in the hangar bay.

 

120525-N-JN664-026 - ARABIAN SEA (May 25, 2012) - Boatswain's Mate Seaman Dejon Thomas puts on firefighting equipment during a damage control olympics race in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). 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 Karolina A. Martinez/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=124926

 

Lincoln Demonstrates Readiness at Damage Control Olympics

 

“Sailors assigned USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Damage Control (DC) Olympics while the ship was underway on 25 May 2012. The DC Olympics is a practical training competition pitting the ship's 10 repair lockers against each other in a host of contests to test their DC knowledge and their physical skills. "The DC Olympics gives Sailors the opportunity to handle damage control situations under pressure and to actually hold a 150 psi hose in their hand and see how tired they can get quickly," said Cmdr. Kenneth Belkofer, Lincoln's damage control assistant.

 

"It also puts them under a stressful situation where they have to put on a firefighting ensemble and experience how long it can take to put that gear on." Belkofer said the event allowed Sailors to demonstrate their knowledge of general damage control equipment and several fire extinguishing systems, from aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) to other fixed firefighting systems. The Olympics also provided Sailors with opportunities to work in teams.

The competition consisted of multiple relay races, such as advanced protective chemical gear dress out, fire fighting ensemble dress out, hose handling on the flight deck and AFFF stations. The Reactor division team representing Repair Locker 5 won the overall shipboard competition. For their efforts, the victorious locker received a plaque along with head of the line passes for chow, the ship's store and the liberty brow for the ship's next port visit.

"It's fun and it's good training for the overall crew," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Anthony Castille. "It helps us have more fun doing the training evolutions rather than just looking at it as work. It helps keep people more active, and it will get other people to try different things rather than being restricted to one task." Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Bryant Guest said the event reinforced mission readiness, preparation, fun and a feeling of purpose in the participants. "I had a great time," said Guest. "We train to make sure, should an actual casualty occur, that our shipmates are prepared, that they know what to do and that they are going to have each other's backs."

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, 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). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120529-01 - Release Date: 5/29/2012 4:46:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karolina A. Martinez, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
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Lancers' Shooters Launch 400 Flights

 

“The Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 launched the 400th sortie of its current deployment on 31 May 2012, from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Since December 2011, The Lancers have flown 1,500 flight hours and 240 combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Behind those 400 launches were VAQ-131's "shooters," five dedicated personnel who troubleshoot maintenance concerns to ensure jets get airborne to perform their missions.

Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Kristopher Backlund, Aviation Electronic Technician 3rd Class Travis Albright, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Roger Conlin, Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Sean McDonald and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Justin Pagan are all on their first deployment as shooters. To become a shooter, each Sailor had to complete specific qualifications, including the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation, among others.

 

They were also required to demonstrate the ability to work under pressure and make mature decisions. Conlin said the experiences the troubleshooters gained from working on jets during the ship's 2010-2011 deployment contributed to the knowledge and expertise they use on the flight deck every day. He said each gripe he fixed in the hangar bay gave him experience he could apply to shooting.

"Technical knowledge is great, but as an airframer, you also have to really know whether you have an 'up' or 'down' gripe - can this jet fly or not?" Conlin said. "You never really learn the job until you start doing it, and you never really stop learning the job." Albright said Backlund, the troubleshooters' leading petty officer, has earned the respect of the team as well as Sailors throughout Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and can often be seen staying late helping fellow shooters work on gripes during meal times.

 

"As soon as you mess something up, Backlund is there making sure you learn from each mistake," said Albright. Albright said all five maintainers had a career-defining moment earlier this cruise when a Prowler sheared a starter shaft after getting fuel. In less than 20 minutes, they pulled the broken starter from the jet, brought a new one up to the flight deck, installed it, finished the jet's final checks and launched it on time.

 

VAQ-131 is one of nine squadrons deployed with CVW-2 aboard Lincoln as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9. CSG-9 is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of OEF” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120618-15 - Release Date: 6/18/2012 1:21:00 PM - By Lt. Josh Lang, Electronic Attack Squadron 131 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67884

 

Sun Kings Conduct Safe-for-Flight Training

 

“The "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 held safe-for-flight (SFF) certification training classes for senior enlisted maintenance personnel on 31 May 2012. SFF is a qualification required to certify and release an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft to an aircraft commander prior to takeoff or launch. Once designated by the VAW-116 commanding officer as fully qualified, SFF-certified personnel screen all documentation required to determine that an aircraft is safe for flight.

The VAW-116 Maintenance department has held the SFF classes weekly since mid-February. While the certification is optional, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Robert Armer of VAW-116's Maintenance Control said the benefits the training provides the command are invaluable.

"I have been assigned to other squadrons where individuals had the desire and motivation but were simply unable to acquire their safe-for-flight due to lack of either time or resources," said Armer, an SFF instructor. "We have done an outstanding job in providing a unique service to our maintenance leadership. The result of these courses not only helps our squadron, but also our ability to meet the mission needs of the flight deck and air wing as well."

Hawkeye senior enlisted personnel typically earn SFF certification following approximately one year of class work, immersion and demonstration of a level of reliability in various aspects of aircraft maintenance operations. VAW-116's dedicated instructional program enables the squadron to satisfy operational demands and requirements while underway.

"To cope with the intense operational tempo of deployment, it is an absolute necessity for all of our maintainers to strive for excellence and continue to professionally better themselves," said Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence Nance, the VAW-116 maintenance officer. "The implementation of our safe-for-flight classroom training is one example of the many successful efforts the Sun King team has made to improve the level of knowledge and procedural compliance of our Sailors."

VAW-116 is one of nine squadrons that comprise Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. CSG-9 also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120606-03 - Release Date: 6/6/2012 8:16:00 AM - By Lt. Blake A. Baccigalopi, VAW-116 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67631

 

Lincoln Sailors Enjoy Second Steel Beach Picnic of Deployment

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took a break from their operational schedule to enjoy a picnic on the ship's flight deck on 1 June 2012.

The steel beach picnic,
Lincoln's second of her current deployment, included a barbecue for more than 4,000 Sailors, a dodgeball tournament, a disc jockey and three golf tee boxes.

"It's a great chance to relax from work and get some sun," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ronalia Davis. "It's a wonderful morale booster that will keep our spirits high for the next chunk of the cruise."

Volunteers from the ship's chiefs' mess started the food preparation early when they lit the grills in the morning to get them ready to start cooking the large meal. The menu included hot dogs and hamburgers, pasta salad, assorted fruits, desserts, water and soda.

"It's our chance to give back to our Sailors," said Command Master Chief Kevin Martin of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, embarked aboard
Lincoln as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2. "Every day, they work hard for us. The least we can do is give them a break."

Many Sailors found their own entertainment. With plenty of open space on the flight deck, Sailors organized games of soccer and football, while others sat in the sun and socialized.

"It gave me the chance to take a break from work and spend time catching up with friends," said Seaman Beverly Brown. "It was fun."

Lincoln
is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes CVW 2 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120604-16 - Release Date: 6/4/2012 2:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen L. Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67572

 

A wreath floats out to sea during a wreath laying ceremony held on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

 

120601-N-JY929-043 - ARABIAN SEA (June 1, 2012) - A wreath floats out to sea during a wreath laying ceremony held on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway is widely considered the decisive battle in the Pacific theater during World War II. 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 3rd Wade T. Oberlin/Released)

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Lincoln Commemorates Battle of Midway

 

“Sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a wreath-laying ceremony on the ship's fantail on 1 June 2012.

The commemoration included an invocation from the ship's chaplain and a narration of the events leading up to the historic battle. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a wreath was dropped into the sea by Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, in remembrance of the Sailors and Marines who gave their lives in the battle.

"While we look back on the incredible achievements of Midway and reflect on what it took for those Sailors to win, we can also look forward with great confidence," said Shoemaker. "I know that the challenges we face today will be overcome by Sailors with the same devotion, spirit and uncommon valor of those who fought and won at Midway.

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Kittle said it is important for today's Sailors to honor service members who gave their lives in battle in the past.

"It's a good way to show respect to the people that literally saved this country," said Kittle. "They defended freedom and democracy for us. Many of them gave their lives, and it's good for us to show our appreciation."

Fought in June 1942, the Battle of Midway is widely considered the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. During the battle, the U.S. Navy sunk four Japanese aircraft carriers, one Japanese cruiser and destroyed 248 Japanese aircraft while only losing one aircraft carrier, one destroyer and 150 aircraft.

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120604-06 - Release Date: 6/4/2012 12:37:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affaire, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67573

 

Two helicopters fly past USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

120602-N-NB694-215 - ARABIAN SEA (June 2, 2012) - Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 fly past the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during an airborne change of command ceremony. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua E. Walters/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=125318

 

HSC-12 Holds Change of Command

 

“The Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 held a change of command ceremony on 2 June 2012, while deployed as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

Cmdr. Christopher G. Bailey relieved Cmdr. Anthony C. Roach as commanding officer.

The ceremony took place on
Lincoln's flight deck as a symbolic lead change took place in the air.

Roach assumed command of HSC-12 in March of 2011. During his tour, the Golden Falcons deployed once to the U.S. 7
th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility (AORs) with CVW 2. Roach later received transfer orders to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Plans and Policy directorate.

"It has been an amazing tour. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the Golden Falcon family for their outstanding performance," said Roach.

Bailey most recently served in the National Military Command Center as an emergency actions officer. He was born in Palmyra, N.J., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 and was designated a naval aviator in August 1997.

"I'm truly honored and humbled to serve as commanding officer of the world famous Golden Falcons," said Bailey. "It is a true privilege to serve with each and every one of our Sailors, chiefs and officers. Their poise and professionalism over this deployment has been awe-inspiring. I've been afforded the chance of a lifetime to lead the finest helicopter squadron in the Navy."

Bailey's previous assignments include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11; HC-6; flag aide to Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and a department head tour with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2.

HSC-12 is one of nine squadrons deployed with
CVW-2 aboard Lincoln as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which is also comprised of USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120604-15 - Release Date: 6/4/2012 2:34:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Amanda McNally, HSC-12 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67564

 

Cape St. George, Daring Sailors Strengthen Coalition Partnership

 

“Sailors from guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) took part in a four-day training exercise with the royal navy destroyer HMS Daring (D32) that concluded on 7 June 2012. The first event between the ships was a weapons exercise. Cape St. George delivered a firepower demonstration firing on several targets at different distances with its Close-In Weapon System (CIWS). Daring also demonstrated its capabilities by firing its weapons.

During the training exercise, Daring assumed the duties as air defense commander. The teams demonstrated Daring's air defense capabilities and provided useful insights toward future coalition operations with the new royal navy destroyers. The highlight of the exercise was the personnel exchange between the ships, which allowed the ships to learn and share new techniques and traditions.

"The trip to
Daring was very informative," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Derrick Jones. "I learned a lot about their air warfare systems. Their sailors were very eager to integrate into our everyday mission and took the duties with a great sense of pride."

Capt. Guy Robinson, commanding officer of
Daring, toured Cape St. George for the first time to gain a better understanding of her capabilities. "Having worked closely with Capt. Gabrielson and his crew over the last four months, it was a great opportunity to finally get aboard Cape St. George," said Robinson. "Cape is an impressive ship, and it was very beneficial to compare her capability with that of Daring."

After visiting
Daring, Lt. j.g. Jennifer Floyd, Cape St. George's fire control officer, gained a new perspective on her cruiser. "Daring is the first ship in her class. Being able to compare our long-standing procedures with their newly developing system of warfighting gave me a new viewpoint with ideas on how to self-assess and improve our own tactics," said Floyd. Cape St. George and Daring also conducted an underway replenishment-at-sea.

Cape St. George is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 with aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120629-08 - Release Date: 6/29/2012 9:14:00 AM - By Ensign Lexi Dauernheim, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68134

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 12 May to 9 June 2012 and the Strait of Hormuz on 10 June 2012, entering the Persian Gulf on 11 June 2012” (Ref. 76). 

 

 

Chapter XXVIII (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)

Part II of IV - 21 March to 11 June 2012

 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.

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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)

 

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

 

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

(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

25 August 1981) -

 

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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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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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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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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)

 

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

 

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

 

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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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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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