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

 

 

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prepares to arrive at it's new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.

 

120807-N-AG285-304 - ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2012) - The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) prepares to arrive at it's new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. Abraham Lincoln deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th , 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Desiree D. Green/Released) http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=131151

 

Abraham Lincoln Completes Deployment, Makes Norfolk New Home

 

“On 7 August 2012, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 embarked, arrived Naval Station, Norfolk, Va, with Captain John D. Alexander as Commanding Officer, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, on her transfer to the East Coast and Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., operating with the U. S. Fleet Forces Command upon departure from the Mediterranean Sea, operating with the 6th Fleet, for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN) to commence upon completion of Ship’s Coordinated Offload & Outfitting Plan (SCOOP). During SCOOP, all equipment and material not permanently attached to the ship is removed in preparation for Abraham Lincoln’s upcoming overhaul, on her 11th “WestPac” deployment and her fourth North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect off shore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 4th Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her ninth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 10 December 2011, to embark CVW-2, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 7 to 9 December 2011. The commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) visited Abraham Lincoln during the ship's port call in San Diego, California on 11 December 2011. CNAF Commander Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer, to present them with the 2010 CNAF Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") and addressed the ship's crew. Abraham Lincoln departed NASNI on 11 December 2012, embarking CVW-2, in port on the 10th. Sailors attached to Abraham Lincoln committed the remains of 44 veterans and dependents to their final resting place in the Pacific Ocean during a burial-at-sea ceremony on 15 December 2011. The interred received full military honors, including a 21-gun salute under the direction of Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, Abraham Lincoln executive officer, and Cmdr. Denis Cox, command chaplain. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln received more than 77,000 pounds of holiday mail during a vertical replenishment at sea on 20 December 2011.Logistics specialists assigned to the Lincoln postal office and volunteers from around the ship sorted the 36 pallets of packages and letters by departments to ensure all the Sailors received their mail. Three professional sports stars called Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln, flagship for CSG 9 from 19 to 20 December 2011, to wish them a happy holiday season. Twenty-one fans spoke to New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley during the calls. Graham thanked the Saints fans for their service. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Eastern Pacific from 11 to 22 December 2011, arriving in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR) on 23 December 2011, underway in the Western Pacific from 23 to 25 December 2011. CCSG 9 held a change of command ceremony aboard Abraham Lincoln on 13 May 2011. Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker relieved Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini as Carrier Strike Group 9 commander. Guadagnini served as commander of CSG 9 since Oct. 29, 2010. He was instrumental in orchestrating and leading sustained operations during the strike group's successful six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Western Pacific from 23 to 25 December 2011, area of operations from 26 December 2011 to 4 January not reported, en route to Thailand to strengthen ties with the partner nation, arriving in the South China Sea on the 5th. Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 held a change of command ceremony on 5 January 2012, while deployed with the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. Cmdr. Brent C. Gaut relieved Cmdr. Ken A. Strong as commanding officer. The ceremony took place on Lincoln's flight deck as a symbolic lead change took place in the air. A lead change represents the passing of responsibility of the flight from one aircraft to another. Strong assumed command of HSM 77 on Nov. 12, 2010. During his tour, the "Saberhawks" completed a transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R aircraft and deployed twice to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation (AOOs) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, which is attached to Lincoln. Strong received transfer orders to Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) in Arlington, Va. The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), was underway in the South China Sea en route to Thailand to strengthen ties with the partner nation, arriving in the South China Sea on the 5th and in Leam Chebang, Thailand, for a port visit on 6 January 2012. While in Thailand, strike group Sailors will visit with the people of Thailand, experience the local culture and conduct a series of community service projects (COMSERVs) to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Cmdr. Denis Cox, Lincoln's chaplain, said the COMSERVs will be a great opportunity for CSG9 Sailors to get to know the people of Thailand. Fourteen Sailors from guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG-104) and USS Momsen (DDG-92), ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, participated in a soccer game against members of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) during a recent port visit to Port Klang, Malaysia on 9 January 2012. The soccer game was one of many events during the visit geared toward fostering a strong military partnership between Malaysia and the United States. Other events with the RMN included a tour of the Malaysian National Hydrographic Centre for 11 U.S. Navy officers followed by a USS Sterett ship tour for 22 Malaysian sailors on 10 January 2012. Abraham Lincoln accompanied by guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George, departed Laem Chabang, Thailand on 10 January 2012, following a four-day port visit, arriving on the 6th. While in Thailand, Sailors from the two ships visited with the people of Thailand, experienced the local culture and participated in a series of community service projects (COMSERVs) to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Sailors painted schools, cleaned local temples and visited with children at schools and medical facilities as part of the COMSERVs. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) arrived for a routine deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR on 19 January 2012, underway in the South China Sea en route to the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Malacca, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea from 10 to 19 January 2012. Abraham Lincoln conducted work-ups for months to train, man and equip the CSG prior to it deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, to support maritime security operations, counter-piracy operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and conduct air missions over Afghanistan for OEF. "Our strike group has trained countless hours to ensure our Sailors are ready to conduct vital operations," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, CSG 9. "We're looking forward to working closely with our coalition and regional partners to keep the sea lanes safe and secure for the free flow of maritime commerce that is so important for the continued prosperity of nations in this region and around the world." Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Arabian Sea from 19 to 21 January 2012, sailing through the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz and was underway in the Persian Gulf from 22 to 31 January 2012; pulling in for a port call at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain on 1 February 2012. Abraham Lincoln received the 2012 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for outstanding food service for the category of aircraft carriers on 3 February 2012. Last October, Ney officials visited various Food Services locations aboard Lincoln in order to evaluate the division's efficiency, safety, accuracy, management and budgeting skills, in port at Khalifa Bin Salman Port from 1 to 4 February 2012. The Stennis Center for Public Service recognized three USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors for exemplary leadership on 7 February 2012. Cmdr. Michael C. Thibodeau, Lincoln's combat systems officer, won the Statesman Award as the officer who exemplifies the highest ideals of leadership. Senior Chief Operations Specialist Jeffery Hineman, Lincoln's Operations Department's leading chief petty officer, won the Union Award for senior enlisted leadership and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Benjamin, Admin department's leading petty officer, won the enlisted leadership's Liberty Award. The Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 was named the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific Fleet Battle Efficiency ("E") winners for the VAQ Carrier Air Wing (CVW) category on 10 February 2011. The aviation Battle "E" is the Navy's top performance award presented to the squadron in each competitive category that achieves the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. The award recognizes a unit's training and operational achievements, while including a balance that creates incentives for efficiency. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf from 5 to 13 February 2012, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz on 14 February 2012, sailing to the North Arabian Sea through the Gulf of Oman on the 15th, launching the first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the North Arabian Sea during the deployment on the 16th. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) conducted a connected replenishment (CONREP) with USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) on 23 February 2012. The cruiser, deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), received more than 10,000 gallons of fuel and more than 1,200 pounds of food, repair parts and mail from Drew via hoses and wires during the four-hour evolution. Cape St. George received 54 pallets of food, supplies and ammunition in order to restock inventory. They received 14 pallets of freezer stores, six pallets of fresh fruits and vegetables, 10 pallets of dry stores, two pallets of ammunition, seven pallets of mail and 15 pallets of parts. CONREPs occur every other week in order to keep Cape St. George sustained, however a 54-pallet transfer is bigger than the usual 20-30 pallet transfer. Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) is the winner of the 2011 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") Award for Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 on 27 February 2012. This is the second consecutive year Sterett has been awarded the Battle "E." The Battle "E" is awarded annually to surface ships meeting high standards of excellence in all mission areas and recognizes superior operational performance across all warfare areas over the course of the calendar year. Sterett was one of just ten surface ships to win the Battle "E" for exceptional performance during both 2010 and 2011. "The Battle 'E' demonstrates exceptional performance, and each surface ship award winner has shown success in meeting mission area standards," said Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In addition to winning the Battle Effectiveness Award, Sterett also earned Command Excellence Awards in all warfare areas for the third consecutive year. Command Excellence Awards recognize superior performance in maritime warfare; engineering and survivability; command, control, communications and information warfare; logistics management; and ship safety. Sterett has won Command Excellence Awards in all warfare areas every year since her commissioning in 2008. New fathers deployed aboard Abraham Lincoln held video teleconferences (VTCs) with their families in Everett, Wash. on 27 February 2012. Lincoln is the first aircraft carrier in the fleet to set up a VTC system specifically for Sailors and families while deployed. VTCs are held regularly throughout the week for ship's company and air wing personnel. "The VTC program is similar to Skyping, but it's on a military secure network," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist Elliot Warley IV, leading chief petty officer of the Religious Ministries department aboard Lincoln and the person who spearheaded the program. Grammy Award-nominated punk rock band Bowling for Soup entertained a crowd of hundreds of Sailors during an underway concert aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln on 2 March 2012. The concert was part of a tour sponsored by Navy Entertainment in conjunction with Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. Sailors filled the hangar bay to hear the band perform several hit songs, including "1985," "High School Never Ends," "Almost," "Punk Rock 101," and the Grammy Award-nominated "Girl All the Bad Guys Want." Jaret Reddick, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Denton, Texas-based band, said he appreciated the opportunity to play for the crew. The Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 were awarded the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific Fleet Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E"); the 2011 Capt. Michael J. Estocin Award on 10 February 2012, and the Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hoff Attack Aviator of the Year Award on 8 March 2012. The Aviation Battle "E" is the Navy's top performance award presented to a squadron in each aircraft community that achieves the highest standards of efficiency and performance readiness. The award is based on a metric that recognizes a balance between a squadron's training and operational achievements. The Estocin Award was created to recognize an F/A-18C squadron for outstanding achievements and contributions to naval aviation. Squadrons are selected for superb performance and achievements in readiness, weapon system readiness, combat, combat exercises, aviation safety and weapon system development. "The Battle "E" and Estocin awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Vigilante team," said Cmdr. Robert Loughran, VFA-151 commanding officer. "Every Sailor in the squadron earned this award through their commitment to our mission. I'm immensely proud of the squadron's performance." Additionally, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Strong was chosen as the Hoff Attack Aviator of the Year. The award is presented to one naval strike fighter pilot or naval flight officer from each coastal aviation type commander. Strong was recognized for exceptional proficiency, professionalism, and operational contributions to the carrier-based attack aircraft mission of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, received the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Rear Adm. C. Wade McClusky Award on 8 March 2012. The McClusky Award is one of five CNAF awards named after naval aviators who have exemplified the highest standards of naval service and are presented to carrier air wing squadrons in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to naval aviation. VFA-2 also earned the 2011 CNAF Pacific Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award, on 10 February 2012, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), which put the squadron in the running for the McClusky award. The McClusky and Battle "E" were awarded to the Bounty Hunters for setting the highest standards of excellence as leaders in aircraft and aircrew combat readiness as well as tactical employment. "These awards acknowledge the remarkable efforts undertaken by every Sailor who served with us throughout the course of a very demanding year," said Cmdr. John P. Greene, commanding officer of VFA-2. The Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, deployed as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln, received the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy on 8 March 2012. Sailors assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 celebrated the squadron's 60th birthday on 12 March 2012. The crew of more than 200 HSC 12 Sailors, embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln gathered in the ship's forecastle. After opening remarks from Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, and Cmdr. Anthony Roach, Golden Falcons commanding officer, the crew enjoyed birthday cake and other desserts. Roach joined the squadron's youngest Sailor, Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Recruit Jeremy Shadden, for the traditional Navy cake-cutting ceremony. Abraham Lincoln steamed through the Gulf of Oman and entered the Strait of Hormuz on 12 March 2012 and was underway in the Persian Gulf, pulling in for a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 13 to 16 March 2012. Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) concluded a four-day port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 17 March 2012. After six weeks at sea, Cape St. George Sailors spent their time in Dubai experiencing the culture and relaxing. As reported on 17 March 2012, “a team of medical officers and hospital corpsmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS), embarked aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92), are prepared, should the need to arise, to render medical assistance to members of visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team. ERSS teams are deployed aboard surface naval ships conducting counter-piracy missions which normally do not have a fully staffed emergency medical team. The team's primary purpose is to provide any necessary life-saving surgery and quickly transport the patient to a higher level of care. The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command visited Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Gulf from 19 to 20 March 2012. During his visit, Vice Adm. Mark Fox met with leadership from Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. He also toured the ship and spoke to Sailors during an all-hands call. As reported on 20 March 2012, “throughout the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Army personnel will be embarked to help coordinate Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 air support for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). \These U.S. Army ground liaison officers (GLO), assigned to the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (Det.), serve as communications links between soldiers and Marines on the ground in Afghanistan and the pilots of CVW 2. GLOs use various networks such as the combined enterprise regional information exchange system and secret internet protocol router network phones to communicate with ground forces about planned missions and patrols. They also brief pilots prior to every sortie flown in support of OEF. Once the aircraft launch from the ship, the forces on the ground are in direct contact with the pilots in the air. GLOs also help interpret jargon from the different branches of service and work to decipher it for other personnel. "Different acronyms often mean different things for each service, and sometimes certain terms are used differently, too," said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Bishop. "We act almost as translators between the two when needed." GLOs deploy for a year at a time and transfer from one carrier to the next whenever a different ship begins operations in support of OEF. 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. 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 Abraham Lincoln 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). Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf from 17 to 27 March 2012, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Oman on 28 March 2012, entering the North Arabian Sea on 29 March 2012. Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln celebrated Women's History Month with a celebration aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier on 30 March 2012.  Command Master Chief Susan Whitman opened the celebration in the hangar bay, describing the important roles women have played throughout naval history and the positive impacts they have made. Following Whitman's opening remarks, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Laura Blanco read a poem entitled "More than a Woman." "Even here, my strength is needed. The commanding officer of the Abraham Lincoln was named an honorary chief petty officer by Lincoln's command master chief during a ceremony held in the ship's Chiefs' Mess on 31 March 2012. As reported on 6 April 2012, “Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92) are pursuing their education while underway through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). The NCPACE program offers Sailors academic skills, developmental and college-level courses, both undergraduate and graduate, from regionally accredited institutions. Four Sailors serving aboard Abraham Lincoln participated in one of the Navy's oldest traditions when they were baptized on the ship's fantail on 6 April 2012. As reported on 10 April 2012, “the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 are preparing for the upcoming Navywide Physical Fitness Assessment cycle by creating and meeting fitness goals while aboard the Abraham Lincoln  Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln took a break from their operational schedule to enjoy a picnic on the ship's flight deck on 12 April 2012. Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited Abraham Lincoln 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. The Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 were awarded the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Golden Wrench Maintenance Award aboard Abraham Lincoln on 20 April 2012. The Golden Wrench Award is given to the top maintenance department in CVW 2. The competition for the award was between the nine squadrons of CVW 2, four of which were 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific Fleet Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") winners. Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) stayed connected with friends and families back home by participating in the United Through Reading (UTR) program on 20 April 2012. UTR is a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading together," according to the UTR website. The program works by recording videos of Sailors reading books and talking to their family, and then sending those videos back home. The reactions of children watching the videos are often recorded and sent back to the deployed service members. An EA-6B Prowler pilot and former Naval Air Forces landing signal officer (LSO) was selected to assist the royal Navy to stand up their own LSO program on 20 April 2012, in preparation for two new Queen Elizabeth-class supercarriers. Lt. Cmdr. Pascal Holmes of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 will soon complete tasking in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and travel to Portsmouth, England, which is home to the royal navy's fleet headquarters as well as their new LSO program. It has been more than 30 years since the royal navy last had a conventional catapult and arrested-landing aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal (R09), which was decommissioned in early 1979. The Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 were named as the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Top Hook squadron for carrier landing performance aboard Abraham Lincoln on 20 April 2012. Top Hook is awarded to the squadron with the highest landing grade average during a line period. The Vigilantes had a landing grade average of 3.527 and a boarding rate of 96.6 percent for the third line period. Each pass, or landing attempt, is graded by the landing signal officers (LSOs) of CVW-2. An LSO's primary responsibility is to safely and efficiently land all fixed wing aircraft aboard an aircraft carrier. An LSO's secondary purpose is to grade each pass, which is debriefed to every pilot for learning and trend analysis purposes. Over time, these grades have become a source of pride and competition among air wing pilots, leading to increased carrier aviation safety. Vigilante pilot Lt. Jaime Moreno was separately recognized as a top five "nugget" with a 3.380 landing performance and a 96 percent boarding rate. Other VFA-151 pilots recognized in the air wing top 10 include Cmdr. Robert Loughran (3.742 landing grade average/100 percent boarding rate), Lt. Cmdr. Jason Dalby (3.75/100 percent), Lt. Cmdr. David Whitmer (3.762/100 percent) and Lt. Cmdr. Mike Strong (3.833/100 percent). Country music superstar Toby Keith performed for more than 4,000 Sailors during an underway concert in the hangar bay of the Abraham Lincoln 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. 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 Abraham Lincoln the day before. Thousands of Sailors went for a dip in the Arabian Sea during a swim call aboard Abraham Lincoln 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. The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 held a change of command ceremony on 25 April 25012, while deployed with Abraham Lincoln. 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. As reported on 25 April 2012, “Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln supported the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by raising more than $197,000 throughout the months of March and April. Lincoln's NMCRS committee raised money by promoting fundraisers and hosted a NMCRS day, which included events such as a slam dunk contest and three-point shootout in the hangar bay, a 5K fun run and golf driving range on the flight deck. Ten Sailors donated $5 each to compete in the slam dunk contest, and 60 Sailors paid the same amount each to participate in the three-point shootout. While the fun run was free of charge, golfers paid one dollar for every five golf balls they drove off the flight deck. As reported on 26 April 2012, “the crew of Abraham Lincoln recognized the importance of raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence throughout the month of April, Sexual Assualt Awareness Month (SAAM). This year's themes include "Hurts one, Affects all," and, "Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty," while focusing on the effects of sexual assault on mission readiness. 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. SC 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." Abraham Lincoln 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 the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), are also embarked with Lincoln's crew to earn qualifications. Abraham Lincoln 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 and then got underway in the Persian Gulf on 6 May 2012. Kuwaiti Air Force and U.S. Embassy officials met with Abraham Lincoln 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. Miss America 2011 visited Abraham Lincoln 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. The Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 added the names of six deployed family members to their aircraft to honor their service on 10 May 2012. The idea originated when Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Katherine Taylor, whose cousin served two tours in Iraq, proposed the idea. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf from 6 to 10 May 2012, entering 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. 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. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln participated in a National Day of Prayer breakfast on the ship's mess decks on 16 May 2012. The commemoration began in 1952, after President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution establishing an annual day of national prayer. As of 15 May 2012, crew members aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) were nearly halfway to their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualification target of 104 Sailors by the end of deployment. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln participated in a weekly limited duty officer (LDO) and chief warrant officer (CWO) recruitment training session on 16 May 2012. Lincoln holds the training to prepare interested Sailors for the extensive application process, one that provides the Navy with officer technical managers and specialists who exercise leadership in key positions throughout the service. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln participated in a ceremony to honor Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the ship's hangar bay, on 18 May 2012. Abraham Lincoln 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. Sailors assigned Abraham Lincoln 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 Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 held a movie night in the squadron's ready room aboard Abraham Lincoln in appreciation for the temporary assigned duty (TAD) personnel on 25 May 2012. Though most Bounty Hunters work on aircraft and on the flight deck launching aircraft into Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), there are others in non-aviation ratings who go on TAD to work side-by-side with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Lincoln personnel to provide additional basic services. The Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 launched the 400th sortie of its current deployment on 31 May 2012, from Abraham Lincoln. 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. 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. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln 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. Sailors aboard the Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln Sailors lost more than 1,000 pounds in a span of 72 days as part of a shipwide weight-loss competition that concluded on 1 June 2012. The competition, modeled after "The Biggest Loser" TV show, pitted two- and three-Sailor teams against each other to see which team could lose the most combined weight (by percentage) during a 72-day period. 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 Abraham Lincoln. 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. 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 (D-32) 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Cast and crew members from the film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" visited the crew of Abraham Lincoln 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." Abraham Lincoln 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. 5th 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. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf from 11 to 20 June 2012; pulling in for a port call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 21 to 24 June 2012, underway in the Persian Gulf on 25 June 2012. 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 Abraham Lincoln. 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. 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 Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CSG-71). Sailors aboard the Abraham Lincoln 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 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 Abraham Lincoln. 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. Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Ninety-nine Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists (ESWS) on 13 July 2012. Chief Cryptologic Technician Harold Allen, the ESWS coordinator for Cape, said this was a major milestone for the entire crew. "At the start of deployment, about 30 percent of the crew were qualified ESWS," said Allen. "Now, we're more than 60 percent qualified. This means Cape can fly the silver ESWS pennant." Ships may fly the ESWS pennant when all eligible Sailors have either achieved their ESWS qualifications or are currently enrolled in the ESWS program. Three Sailors assigned to the Abraham Lincoln became the first Lincoln personnel to earn the Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialty (EIDWS) pin on 14 July 2012. Culinary specialists assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 faced off in a cooking contest aboard Abraham Lincoln on 14 July 2012. The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Culinary Showdown event pitted Culinary Specialist 1st Class Christopher Williams, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Aldan Johansen, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Timothy McDowell against one another in a test of the competitors' culinary skills. The contest required the Abe cooks to prepare a meal complete with appetizer, entire, dessert and involving one random, mandatory ingredient in each course in 20 minutes or less. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Red Sea from 13 to 15 July 2012.  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 6th 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 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. Sixty-two Sailors from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 qualified as enlisted aviation warfare specialists (EAWS) while deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, as of 16 July 2012. VFA-34's EAWS completion rate is now 92.2 percent of all eligible personnel, up from 61.2 percent when the Blue Blasters left for deployment in December 2011. The qualification program recognizes those enlisted Sailors who have achieved a significant level of professional skill, knowledge and experience in direct support of naval aviation and the VFA-34 mission. Requirements for the program include completing a warfare qualification card consisting of five phases; demonstrating practical knowledge during walk-arounds of VFA-34 aircraft; completing a comprehensive written exam; and completing an oral board presided over by four EAWS-qualified board members. Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit on 17 July 2012, departing 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. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Mediterranean Sea from 22 to 25 July 2012. 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. Abraham Lincoln transited the Strait of Gibraltar on 26 July 2012, entering the Atlantic. Sailors gathered in the forecastle of Abraham Lincoln on 30 July 2012, to memorialize grandparents who passed away while the ship was deployed.  Lincoln's Religious Ministries Department hosted the service to recognize the loss of these Sailors' important family members and to celebrate their lives. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Atlantic from 26 to 31 July 2012. Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln attended a series of Return and Reunion training classes from 23 July to 3 August 2012, following eight months at sea and just prior to the ship's arrival in Norfolk. The Norfolk Fleet and Family Services office coordinated classes focusing on financial well-being, family reintegration, and building healthy relationships with both children and spouses. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port call at Mayport, Flordia on 4 August 2012; underway in the Western Atlantic from 5 to 6 August 2012. While deployed, aircraft assigned to CVW-2 flew more than 11,000 sorties totaling in excess of 32,000 flight hours, including more than 2,400 combat sorties and more than 14,000 hours flown in support of U.S. and coalition ground forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Since leaving in December, the ship sailed more than 72,000 miles during its 245 days deployed, including 105 days in the Arabian Sea supporting OEF. "The men and women of Lincoln and the embarked commands have done a remarkable job throughout this twice-extended deployment," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. "Now that we're home, each and every one of us is very excited and more than ready to see our families and friends again." Upon her arrival in Norfolk, Lincoln is scheduled to undergo a four-year Refueling Complex and Overhaul (RCOH) in-port maintenance period. During the RCOH period, workers will refuel Lincoln's nuclear reactors, upgrade and modernize the ship's combat and communication systems, and overhaul the hull, mechanical and electrical systems. "I am incredibly proud of our Sailors," said Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer. "They have performed admirably for months on end, and they have done so with huge smiles on their faces. I am enormously proud of each and every Abe Sailor for their contributions to national security. They're great Americans, one and all." Alexander added that the in-port period comes at the perfect time for the ship's crew. "After two deployments in a little less than two years, the Abraham Lincoln crew is very happy to be in our new homeport and ready to spend time with family and friends," he said. Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia for a four-year RCOH in Newport News, Va. After operational requirements added two extensions and three months to the ship's deployment schedule, Big Abe pulled into port following eight months at sea. "I'm excited about the homeport change," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Sheila Seripap. "I loved living in Everett, but it will be interesting to call somewhere else home. One of the biggest advantages of the Navy lifestyle is getting to experience living in different parts of the country and the world." While deployed, Lincoln visited several foreign ports, including Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California; Leam Chebang, Thailand; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Antalya, Turkey and Mayport, Flordia. "To be able to tell people I've literally been around the world is something I'll be able to take with me for the rest of my life," said Seaman Anton Schafer. "Coming from a small town, I never thought I'd get to see and do some of the things I did. I'm glad I'll be able to share this experience with my friends and family in the years to come." Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) “Bounty Hunters, ” F/A-18E Hornets of  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes,” FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 “Blue Blasters,” EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, “Lancers,” E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116 and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det. TWO or VRC-30 DET. 2, Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HSC-12) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Mine Squadron (HSM-77). Ships include the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). Her 13th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012)” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377; Story Number: NNS111212-15 - Release Date: 12/12/2011 2:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SAN DIEGO (NNS); Story Number: NNS111216-04 - Release Date: 12/16/2011 1:28:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. 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GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120307-31 - Release Date: 3/7/2012 9:55:00 PM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, USS STERETT, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120301-20 - Release Date: 3/1/2012 3:43:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timmy Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120305-02 - Release Date: 3/5/2012 10:45:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120403-19 - Release Date: 4/3/2012 10:43:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Matt Chesney, Strike Fighter Squadron 151 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120320-14 - Release Date: 3/20/2012 3:06:00 PM - By Lt. 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Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120425-14 - Release Date: 4/25/2012 4:08:00 PM - By Lt. Mitchell Cole, VFA-2 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120426-06 - Release Date: 4/26/2012 3:35:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Welch, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120521-08 - Release Date: 5/21/2012 2:18:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Adam Arndt, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120517-07 - Release Date: 5/17/2012 5:32:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. Martinez, Abraham Lincoln Public Affaire, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120516-14 - Release Date: 5/16/2012 3:39:00 PM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, USS STERETT, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120518-08 - Release Date: 5/18/2012 1:07:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen L. Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affaire, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120522-07 - Release Date: 5/22/2012 5:01:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Walters, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120607-17 - Release Date: 6/7/2012 2:32:00 PM - By Lt. Mitch Cole, VFA-2 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120607-15 - Release Date: 6/7/2012 2:30:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Walters, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); 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)); Story Number: NNS120716-14 - Release Date: 7/16/2012 12:54:00 PM - By By Ensign Lexi Dauernheim, USS Cape St. George Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120722-03 - Release Date: 7/22/2012 9:35:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mason Campbell, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120722-01 - Release Date: 7/22/2012 9:24:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)); Story Number: NNS120716-10 - Release Date: 7/16/2012 12:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda L. 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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2011 YEAR END REPORT

Chapter XXVIII

Appendix I

 


Command Composition and Organization of
Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2011:

 

The ship's chain of command as of 31 December 2011 was:

 

Commander in Chief

President Barack H. Obama

2009 - 44th

Secretary of Defense

The Honorable Robert M. Gates 
18 Dec 2006 - 1 Jul 2011 - 22nd

The Honorable Leon Panetta -

Incumbent - 23rd
1 Jul 2011 -

Secretary of the Navy

The Honorable Raymond Edwin "Ray" Mabus / Ray Mabus - Incumbent - 75th

19 May 2009 -

Chief of Naval Operations

ADM Gary R. Roughead - 29th

29 Sep 2007 - 23 Sep 2011

ADM Jonathan W. Greenert - 30th

23 Sep 2011 -

http://www.navy.mil/cno

COMPACFLT, former *CINCPACFLT

ADM Robert F. Willard - 58th

8 May 2007 - 25 Sep 2009

ADM Patrick M. Walsh - 59th

25 Sep 2009 - 20 Jan 2012

COMNAVAIRPAC

VADM James M. Zortman – 29th

Aug 2002 - Aug 2004

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9

RDML Mark D. Guadagnini

29 Jan 2010 - 13 May 2011

RDML Troy M. Shoemaker

13 May 2011 -

 

*Between 1907 and December 6, 1922, and between February 1, 1941 and October 24, 2002. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CINCPACFLT

 

Organizational Structure. During calendar year 2011, Captain John D. Alexander served as Commanding Officer, assuming command on 28 January 2010, reliving Captain Patrick D. Hall on 18 June 2007. Captain …..served as Executive Officer. CMDCM  …..served as Command Master Chief.

 

Lincoln Strike Group Changes Command

 

“Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 13 May 2011. Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker relieved Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini as Carrier Strike Group 9 commander. Guadagnini served as commander of CSG 9 since Oct. 29, 2010. He was instrumental in orchestrating and leading sustained operations during the strike group's successful six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Abraham Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which is homeported in Everett, Wash. The Lincoln Strike Group consists of Carrier Air Wing 2, Destroyer Squadron 9 and its associated ships USS Cape St. George (CG-71), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Momsem (DDG-92), USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Sterett (DDG-104), USS Ford (FFG-54), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) and USS Ingraham (FFG-61)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110513-28 - Release Date: 5/13/2011 4:08:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)).

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Department Heads serving aboard Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2011 were:

 

Commanding Officer - CO

CAPT John D. Alexander

Executive Officer - XO

 

Administrative Officer

 

Administrative Officer

 

Air Officer

 

AIMD Officer

 

Combat Systems Officer

 

Command Chaplain

 

Command Judge Advocate

 

Dental Officer

 

Engineering Officer

 

First Lieutenant

 

Legal Officer

 

Maintenance Officer

 

Senior Medical Officer

 

Navigator

 

Operations Officer

 

Public Affairs - PAO

 

Reactor Officer

 

Safety Officer

 

Supply Officer

 

Training Officer

 

Weapons Officer

 

 

The following accomplishments highlight Abraham Lincoln’s performance in CY 2011:

 

Abraham Lincoln conducted her tenth “Westpac” deployment and  her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity, 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 and Operation New Dawn, on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two Persian Gulf cruises while on deployment) (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)” (Ref. 72, 76 & 377).

 

Abraham Lincoln conducted training operations that included the ship’s first-of-its-kind afloat U.S. Fleet Cyber Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 conducted Carrier Qualifications (CQs) for pilot qualifications in the Eastern Pacific and participated in L.A. Navy Week, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 9 to 11 August 2011. Abraham Lincoln departed on 27 June 2011, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 27 June to 24 July 2011. Abraham Lincoln passed a first-of-its-kind afloat U.S. Fleet Cyber Command command cyber readiness inspection (CCRI) on 14 July 2011, while the ship was conducting training at sea. A CCRI is an in-depth inspection and analysis of a ship or shore command's network security posture to ensure that vital information is protected from cyber attacks. The inspection of the Lincoln networks, which began July 8th, was the first time a cyber inspection of a Navy network was conducted underway, and the first Navy-led CCRI conducted aboard an aircraft carrier. Cmdr. Michael Thibodeau, the ship's combat systems officer, said the inspection was part of a three-year training cycle, the goal is to determine which Department of Defense computer networks have low vulnerability to outside attacks from threats such as hackers, and to strengthen the defense of these networks as necessary.” (Ref. Story Number: NNS110722-06 - Release Date: 7/22/2011 8:31:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61633

 

Abraham Lincoln Returns Home to Everett for the Last Time

 

Abraham Lincoln pulled into her homeport of Naval Station, Everett, Wash., for the last time on 18 October 2011, with Captain John D. Alexander as Commanding Officer, conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of California, departing on 15 September 2011, the ship pulled into port at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 18 September 2011, underway in the Eastern Pacific from 15 to 17 September 2011. "COMPTUEX marked the first and only time during the strike group's current Fleet Response Training Plan cycle that all elements of the strike group will operate together," said Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker” (Ref. Story Number: NNS111019-05 - Release Date: 10/19/2011 12:35:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)).

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Abraham Lincoln with Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 embarked, departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 7 December 2011, with Captain John D. Alexander as Commanding Officer, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, on her transfer to the East Coast 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 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” (Ref. 72, 76 & 377).

 

Lincoln Sailor Named C3F Sailor of the Year

 

“A Carrier Strike Group 9 Sailor embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), was named as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet's (C3F) Sailor of the Year on 15 April 2011.

As part of being recognized, Personnel Specialist 1st Class Lewis Garza was presented with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, C3F, in a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS110418-21 - Release Date: 4/18/2011 9:07:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59846

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter XXVIII (7 December 2011 to 7 August 2012) Part IV of IV - 7 August 2012 and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2011 YEAR END REPORT, Chapter XXVIII, Appendix I

 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)

 

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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

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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) -

 

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

 

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6 May 2003)

 

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(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)

 

 

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(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

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To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74587-4

 

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

 

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

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25041-5

Library of Congress

(Book Version)

2008901619

 

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

 

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

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4