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

 

 

Benjamin Walker, who plays the titular role in the film ' Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' tours the bridge of USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

120612-N-JN664-064 - ARABIAN GULF (June 12, 2012) - Benjamin Walker, who plays the titular role in the film ' Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' tours the bridge 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 combat flight operations in support 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=125815

 

Vampire Hunters Visit Abraham Lincoln at Sea

 

“Cast and crew members from the film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" visited the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at sea, on 12 June 2012.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith, director/producer Timur Bekmambetov, producer Jim Lemley, and actors Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson toured the ship, signed autographs for Sailors, posed for photographs, visited with Sailors and treated the crew to an early screening of the film in the ship's hangar bay. "We made a movie about freedom, and you are the reason we have freedoms," said Walker, who plays Lincoln in the film. "We wanted to show it to you guys first."

"I was excited to come on board," said Mackie, who plays Lincoln's personal friend William H. Johnson. "I felt like a kid who walked into a candy store. For me, it's educational, and I wanted to come out and support the troops. I was making a movie in Miami, and they told me I wouldn't be able to make it here. I did more work a little earlier so they would change my schedule so that I could come out and be with you guys."

Walker said he appreciates service members and the sacrifices they all make for the country. "People back home need to know how much work it takes to keep us safe," said Walker. "We appreciate everything you do, and how much of a privilege it is to be here."

The Sailors in the hangar bay cheered at the start of the film and again after the ending credits rolled. "The movie was entertaining and funny," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Thomas Dickerson. "I would recommend it to my family back home."

After the film, the cast took questions from the crowd and stayed behind for extra photos and autographs. "The Sailors' hospitality has made a huge impact on us," said Mackie. "It's an honor, and it makes us really proud and has reinvigorated us to go back to the states to talk about this experience." The visit was sponsored by Navy Entertainment and Fox Studios.

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron 9 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: NNS120615-08 - Release Date: 6/15/2012 6:34:00 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=67834

 

Congressional Delegation Visits Lincoln

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) welcomed six members of the U.S. House of Representatives aboard the ship to observe underway operations and to meet with Sailors on 13 June 2012.

The group of delegates included U.S. Reps. John C. Fleming, Jack Kingston, Stephen Lynch, Tom Marino, Todd Platts and Glenn Thompson.

While aboard, the representatives spoke with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, about challenges the Navy faces in the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), the importance of maritime security around the world, carrier operations and future budgets for the Departments of Defense and the Navy.

"We get a lot of briefings in Washington, but none of them ever match up with being out here with a carrier strike group," said Platts, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "You get a lot more feedback when you're closer to the point of the spear."

The group also observed daily operations around the ship.

"I'm so impressed with our military personnel," said Marino. "Our young people have stepped up voluntarily to protect not only the U.S. but the world, and they do it so efficiently and effectively. They are experts at everything."

During the visit, the congressmen also took time to sit with Sailors and answer questions about a variety of topics, including domestic issues and legislation up for debate in Washington.

Before visiting the ship, the delegation visited troops on the ground in and around Afghanistan.

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71). 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: NNS120615-18 - Release Date: 6/15/2012 9:31:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 11 to 20 June 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) made a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 21 to 24 June 2012, underway in the Persian Gulf on 25 June 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

Golden Falcons Maintain Mission Readiness

 

“The Maintenance department of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 completed its 18th phase inspection on 26 June 2012, allowing the squadron to maintain a 100 percent sortie completion rate while deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). A phase is an hours-based inspection of various components and systems on an aircraft.

 

During this type of inspection, worn parts are often repaired or replaced. Since deploying with Lincoln in December 2011, HSC-12's maintainers have invested more than 77,000 man hours into the routine maintenance of the squadron's eight MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters, with the most recent phase inspection requiring more than 350 man-hours.

 

"Our Maintenance department is fantastic," said Lt. Cmdr. Justin McCaffree, the squadron's maintenance officer. "I've never seen another squadron pull this many major evolutions on a deployment. We've completed 18 phase inspections with a few more on the way before we get home, and we've ensured all three of our remotely operated video enhanced receiver (ROVER) equipped aircraft were ready for each Strait of Hormuz transit.

 

Our aircraft availability has allowed us to conduct two dedicated overland detachments for training and currency while simultaneously providing uninterrupted support to the strike group." Even on no-fly days, HSC-12 helicopters are launched in support of the strike group for passenger transfers between ships and other logistical purposes, resulting in increased man hours.

 

"There is no job too big or too small for our maintenance team," said Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman Souliyong Phousirith, HSC-12's maintenance master chief petty officer. "They have completed every challenge with efficiency and dedication." Previous awards for HSC-12 include the Sikorsky Maintenance Excellence Award for 2011 and the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Golden Wrench Award for the first line period of 2012.

HSC-12 is one of nine squadrons deployed with
CVW 2 aboard Lincoln as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which is comprised of Lincoln, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) 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: NNS120702-03 - Release Date: 7/2/2012 5:45:00 AM - By Lt. j.g. Amanda McNally, HSC-12 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 25 to 28 June 2012, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman and entered the North Arabian Sea on 29 June 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command addresses the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

120704-N-KQ416-024 - ARABIAN SEA (July 4, 2012) - Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during an all-hands call 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 combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary S. Welch/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=127203

 

NAVCENT Commander Visits Lincoln Strike Group

 

“The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command visited Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 ships in the Arabian Sea from 4 to 5 July 2012.

During the visit, Vice Adm. John W. Miller met with leadership from the
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CSG-71).

He also toured the ships, served food during a steel beach picnic on
Lincoln's flight deck, and spoke to Lincoln Sailors during an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay.

Addressing the
Lincoln crew at the all-hands call, Miller stressed the importance of the U.S. naval presence in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and thanked the assembled crew for their actions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) throughout the last several months while the ship has been deployed in the AOR.

"Lincoln is phenomenal with their reactions," he said. "With 20-25 sorties a day,
Lincoln is directly supporting troops on the ground, and I am proud of their hard work in this area of responsibility."

In celebration of Independence Day, Miller also thanked the crew for their professional work and dedication to the mission.

"As we think of our friends and family celebrating the holidays with their barbecues and fireworks, remember that we all honor your service," said Miller. "Your professionalism and patriotism sets the standard for everyone in the way to do business, and I show the strongest gratitude to everyone in the strike group."

CSG-9 is comprised of
Lincoln, CVW 2, Cape St. George and DESRON 9. The strike group is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat operations in support of OEF” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120705-03 - Release Date: 7/5/2012 12:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).
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Sailors participate in a steel beach picnic on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

120705-N-VO377-042 - ARABIAN SEA (July 5, 2012) - Sailors participate in a steel beach picnic on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Cooks from the Valley, a volunteer organization from Bakersfield, Calif., delivered and cooked more than 14,000 steaks for Sailors as part of a visit to naval assets in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Lincoln is deployed to the 5th Fleet 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 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released)

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Cooks from the Valley Grill Steaks for Lincoln Sailors

 

“Sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) enjoyed fresh steaks complements of Cooks from the Valley during a steel beach picnic on the ship's flight deck on 5 July 2012.

The all-volunteer, California-based organization brought more than 4,500 Harris Ranch, 12-ounce New York center-cut steaks to
Lincoln Sailors to show appreciation for their service and to help them celebrate Independence Day at sea.

"The Cooks from the Valley feel it is a privilege to feed the Sailors," said Donald Collins, one of the organization's volunteers. "It is a chance for us to come out and see all of the Sailors' hard work and reward them for their efforts."

The steaks were transported to the ship, where the volunteers, with help from Sailors, marinated and seasoned the meat in preparation for the event.

"Grilling the steaks is our way of giving back to the Sailors," said Jeff Peters, another volunteer with Cooks from the Valley. "We make sure to purchase a high quality of steak so each Sailor eats the quality food they deserve."

Celebrating the holiday one day after the Fourth of July, Sailors also spent the afternoon relaxing and enjoying a variety of recreational events. They competed in a touch football game, raced remote control cars, hit golf balls off the fantail and listened to music.

"Not only did I get a chance to relax from work and see my friends, I got the chance to enjoy an absolutely amazing steak," said Airman Recruit Torri Wentz. "The cooks did a great job; the steak was the highlight of my day."

Cooks from the Valley volunteers also brought steaks to Sailors serving aboard guided-missile cruiser USS
Cape St. George (CG-71) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) during a five-day visit to ships in the Arabian Sea.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Nine, which is also comprised of embarked Carrier Air Wing Two, Cape St. George and Destroyer Squadron Nine. 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 Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120705-16 - Release Date: 7/5/2012 3:11:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen L. Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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Cape St. George Celebrates 236 Years of American Independence

 

“The crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) paid homage to the nation's 236th birthday with a two-day Independence Day commemoration from 4 to 5 July 2012. The celebration began with a visit from Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet. After the visit, the ship had a steel beach picnic and concluded the festivities with an all-caliber gunnery demonstration aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). During his visit, Miller congratulated Cape St. George's Sailors of the quarter and reenlisted Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Judd Latimer, July 4. Miller said he was excited to participate in the events aboard Cape. "Reenlisting Sailors is my favorite thing to do," said Miller. "Back in my day, we were in a Navy that had to retain all of the people it could. Now it's the opposite, and not everyone who wants to stay in the Navy gets to stay.

 

With everything as competitive as it is now, it feels good to see good Sailors continuing to serve." Miller concluded his visit with an all-hands discussion of future operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and a tour of the ship.

During the steel beach picnic, the crew feasted on more than 250 pounds of steaks, July 5. The meat was provided by Cooks from the Valley, a Bakersfield, Calif.-based group of volunteers who travel to many commands and ships to cook for service members.
Frank Grimmelmann, a Cooks from the Valley representative, prepared and served hundreds of steaks alongside the crew's food service attendants. "I just wanted to tell service members how important they are and how important their mission is," said Grimmelmann. "I was in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, so I know how important it is to recognize the troops. Cooks from the Valley is just a bunch of Americans who just want to say 'thank you' for all of your service." "It was the best steak I had in a very long time," said Ship Serviceman 1st Class Victor Angius.

 

"I'm very grateful someone came all the way out here to do this for us." Cape St. George concluded the celebration as it lit up the skies during the gunnery display, firing both of the ship's MK-45 lightweight 5-inch guns, one MK-15 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), one 25mm chain gun and numerous M2 Browning .50 caliber guns and M240 machine guns. "It was just another day at work," said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Daniel Caraker, one of the M240 machine gun shooters. "We shoot almost every week, but this time we turned it up a notch. I hope the Sailors aboard Abe enjoyed it." Cape St. George is deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which includes Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120716-17 - Release Date: 7/16/2012 12:55:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68389

 

Leadership assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gather together following flights marking Lincoln's final day of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

120709-N-WD757-528 - ARABIAN SEA (July 9, 2012) - Leadership assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gather together following flights marking Lincoln's final day of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

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Lincoln Concludes Operations in Support of OEF

 

“Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 29 June to 9 July 2012, completing her final combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on 9 July 2012.

Currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 since December 2011,
CVW-2 launched its first flights in support of OEF in February.

Since then,
CVW-2 aircraft have flown more than 2,200 sorties in excess of 13,000 flight hours with a 100 percent completion rate.

"We've been flying missions flawlessly in support of
OEF for nearly six months now," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, CSG-9. "This is the strike group's second deployment in less than two years, and the level of expertise our air wing Sailors have demonstrated over that time is remarkable. I couldn't be more proud of this team for the consistently superb support we've provided our coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan."

Lt. Cmdr. David Whitmer, a pilot and the operations officer for the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, said the flights
CVW-2 squadrons have flown over Afghanistan have been tremendously successful.

"I feel that our mission has significantly contributed to the strategic stability of the region," Whitmer said. "Our close air support provided vital, prepared protection for coalition forces. While it's our turn to go home to our friends and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who will continue to stand the watch."

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Charlene Drake said she enjoyed contributing to the success of the
OEF mission.

"It's a great feeling knowing that what I do aboard Lincoln could be saving lives in Afghanistan," she said. "I'm glad I had the opportunity to help defend our nation. For the rest of my life, it will be something I can be proud of."

Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which is also comprised of CVW 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120710-09 - Release Date: 7/10/2012 3:05:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68299

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Arabian Sea from 10 to 12 July 2012, steaming through the Gulf of Aden and through the Bab el Mandeb by westerly and northerly courses and entered the Red Sea on 13 July 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Red Sea from 13 to 15 July 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) approaches the Friendship Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal.

 

120716-N-YQ369-006 - SUEZ CANAL (July 16, 2012) - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) approaches the Friendship Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. Following five months operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Lincoln entered the U.S. 6th Fleet en route to the U.S. to complete an eight-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3nd Class Kathleen L. Church/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=127878

 

Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Transits Suez, Enters 6th Fleet AOR

 

The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group transited the Suez Canal on 16 July 2012, departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and entering the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR en route to the United States to complete an eight-month deployment.

The strike group transited the
Suez Canal after five months 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 (OEF).

While in the 6
th Fleet AOR, the strike group will conduct a full range of maritime operations and theater security cooperation efforts in concert with coalition, joint, interagency and other partners in order to improve maritime safety and security.

"This team has worked long and hard in support of
OEF and other NAVCENT (U.S. Naval Forces Central Command) initiatives over the last five months," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. "As we depart 5th Fleet and pass the baton to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, we are confident that they will continue our efforts, and we leave the AOR knowing we did everything in our power to promote security and stability in the region and to support our troops and forces on the ground in Afghanistan."

The
Suez Canal connects the Arabian Sea, where CSG-9 was supporting OEF, with the Mediterranean Sea by way of the Red Sea. Enabling ships to sail between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, it is one of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the flagship for CSG-9, which is also comprised of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9.

Lincoln departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AORs. Following an upcoming port visit in the Mediterranean Sea, Lincoln will head for her new homeport of Norfolk, Va., where the ship will undergo a four-year periodic refueling complex overhaul” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120716-10 - Release Date: 7/16/2012 12:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda L. Kilpatrick, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68396

 

Cape St. George Transits Suez Canal, Enters 6th Fleet

 

“The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) transited the Suez Canal on its way to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) on 16 July 2012

The transit, conducted with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, brought
Cape St. George Sailors closer to their final port visits as they make their way home to San Diego to conclude a deployment that will have seen them circumnavigate the globe.

"It was the light at the end of the tunnel," said Quartermaster 1st Class Joshua Koenig, leading petty officer of the ship's Navigation division. "It was definitely the turning point of the deployment after spending six months in U.S. 5
th Fleet. It was the reality check that we're finally heading home."

Cape St. George spent nearly 12 hours transiting the 120-mile long canal.

"It was an awesome experience," said Lt. j.g. Tito Rivas, who stood officer of the deck watch during the transit. "It felt good to leave the
Red Sea and finally reach the Mediterranean. At the end of the transit, you could feel everyone's mood change. It was a great milestone in our journey around the world."

Throughout the transit,
Cape St. George Sailors coordinated with Egyptian military personnel and harbor pilots at various points along the canal to streamline the ship's course.

"Interacting with the pilots was an interesting experience," said Ensign Tyler Benson, who served as a conning officer during the transit. "They were very knowledgeable and gave us all of the direction we needed. There was a lot to keep track of, but the amount of experience the pilots had helped us complete the transit safely."

Cape St. George was escorted by an Egyptian patrol boat, which provided both guidance and protection. As an expression of gratitude, Cape St. George rendered honors to the boat once the two vessels parted ways.

Cape St. George is deployed as part of CSG-9, which includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 9. Cape St. George is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120725-10 - Release Date: 7/25/2012 11:02:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68581

 

Abraham Lincoln Visits Turkey

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit on 17 July 2012. The port visit will provide Sailors the opportunity to experience the Turkish culture and traditions, take tours of the surrounding areas, interact with Turkish citizens and unwind following an at-sea period.

The ship's
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team organized several tours for the crew to enjoy, including visits to the ancient cities of Aspendos, Perge and Heiropolis. Lincoln Sailors will also enjoy whitewater rafting tours, golf tournaments and horseback riding.

"I'm looking forward to experiencing a thrill in a foreign country," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Brenke, who is planning to go whitewater rafting while the ship is in port. "How many people can say they've been able to do this kind of thing in Turkey?"

In addition to sightseeing and tours, Sailors will compete against local teams in soccer and basketball games organized by the ship's
Religious Ministries Department. Lt. Gregory R. Coates, a Navy chaplain who helped organize the contests, said they will provide the participants with memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

"We are also going to take more Sailors with us to cheer on the teams while we play these friendly matches against the Turkish military sports teams," Coates said. "It allows us to build relationships and friendships with the host nation."

Lincoln's visit to Antalya follows the ship's departure from the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), July 16, when the ship transited the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea.

Lincoln departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th  and 7th Fleet AORs. Following this port visit, Lincoln will be changing homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which is also comprised of CVW-2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 will operate in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the coming weeks before making her way back to the United States to complete an eight-month deployment” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120717-11 - Release Date: 7/17/2012 3:24:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ANTALYA, Turkey (NNS)).

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Lincoln Wraps Up Port Visit to Turkey

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 departed Antalya, Turkey on 22 July 2012, following a scheduled port visit.

The visit provided Sailors the opportunity to experience the Turkish culture and traditions, take tours of the surrounding areas, interact with Turkish citizens and unwind following an at-sea period.

"It was great to have the chance to experience another culture," said Fireman Samantha Vitali. "The people were very hospitable, and the country was beautiful."
Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office provided Sailors with a host of available tours such as a tour of the city of Antalya, and rafting and boat tours.

"This was, in my opinion, the best port visit we have had this entire deployment," said Seaman Brianna Suits. "We were able to go out and see more thanks to the efforts and organization of
MWR."

While in Turkey,
Lincoln also hosted a reception in the ship's hangar bay to welcome Turkish leaders in an effort to strengthen the bond between the U.S. Navy and the local community.

"The reception was an excellent opportunity for our Sailors to interact with the local community and vice versa," said Senior Chief Legalman Margaret Bagley. "The opportunity to hold this reception was an amazing window for building bridges between our two cultures."

Lincoln departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility (AORs). Currently heading back to the United States to complete an eight-month deployment, Lincoln is changing homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which is also comprised of CVW-2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9. CSG-9 will operate in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the coming weeks before making its way home” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120723-15 - Release Date: 7/23/2012 2:34:00 PM - By Seaman Phylicia Sorenson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68545

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Mediterranean Sea from 22 to 25 July 2012” (Ref. 76).  

Cape St. George Concludes Malta Visit

 

“Deployed Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) concluded a four-day port visit in Valletta, Malta on 23 July 2012. The visit allowed Cape St. George Sailors to unwind after more than six months in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

"Malta is a place where you can't help but notice diverse influences," said Capt. Don Gabrielson,
Cape's commanding officer. "The Maltese went out of their way to share their rich culture, dating back to the oldest known man-made structures on earth. During a monastery tour, admiring priceless inlaid olivewood buffet tables, we asked our guide how old they might be. He replied, 'They are not so old, only maybe 200 or 300 years.' After that, he pointed out a painting from the 12th century Byzantine Empire, which put things into perspective."

The crew spent the visit learning about Malta's vast history and enjoying a wealth of activities.
Cape Sailors toured prehistoric megalithic temples, St. John's co-cathedral, and the island of Gozo, where according to Homer's "Odyssey," the beautiful nymph Calypso once held Odysseus captive. "This port visit was a great morale booster for the crew," said Command Master Chief Pete Santos.

 

"It gave us something to look forward to before we arrived, and it met all of our expectations. The food, people, scenery, culture and history were overwhelming. It is definitely a port worth coming back to." Additionally, Sailors participated in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored tours of Maltese cultural and historical sites and stopped by Dar Merhba Bik, a center for domestic abuse victims, for a community service activity (COMSERV).

"The COMSERV was both enjoyable and productive," said Lt. Joseph Buenviaje, a chaplain assigned to
Cape St. George. "The people at the center were accommodating, hospitable, open and friendly. After accomplishing two months worth of work in three hours, we were treated to traditional Maltese baked pasta. It was definitely a highlight of our visit." Some Sailors were baptized while in the port, which, according to the Bible, is where the shipwreck of the apostle Paul occurred in 60 A.D. "Not too many people get to be baptized in a biblical country," said Buenviaje. "This was a rare opportunity to become a part of the vast history of the region."


Cape St. George
is 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 (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120727-09 - Release Date: 7/27/2012 2:06:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, VALLETTA, Malta (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68649

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transited the Strait of Gibraltar on 26 July 2012, entering the Atlantic” (Ref. 76).  

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Atlantic from 26 to 31 July 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Mayport, Flordia on 4 August 2012” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Western Atlantic from 5 to 6 August 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter XXVIII (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)

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

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

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

 

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

(10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54596-0

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

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

25 August 1981) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

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

 

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

6 May 2003)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-73794-7

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-74027-5

 

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

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

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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)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

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Library of Congress

(Book Version)

2008901619

 

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

 

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

 

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