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

 


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

Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9

RADM Mark D. Guadagnini

29 Jan 2010 - 13 May 2011

RADM Troy M. Shoemaker

13 May 2011 -

Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9

CAPT Kevin G. Meenaghan

 

*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 Timothy C. Kuehhas served as Executive Officer. CMDCM  Whitman and CMDCM Greg Weber 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)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60365

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) World Cruise Book 2011-12

 

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

 

Commanding Officer - CO

CAPT John D. Alexander

Executive Officer - XO

CAPT Timothy C. Kuehhas

Administrative Officer

CDR Sheldon Geringer /

LT Ramil Salvador

Air Officer

CDR Hunter Ware

AIMD Officer

CDR Wesley Joshway

Combat Systems Officer

CDR Michael Thibodeau

Religious Department - RMD - Command Chaplain

CDR Denis Cox

Legal Department - Command Judge Advocate

LCDR Jason Ayeroff

Dental Officer

CDR Sam Westock

Engineering Officer

CDR John Lobuono

Deck - First Lieutenant

LCDR Ken Williams

Communications Officer

 

Maintenance Officer

 

Senior Medical Officer

CDR Michael Jacobs

Navigator

CDR Mark Day

Operations Officer

CDR David Bryson

Intel Department

CDR Eric Lahti

Media - Public Affairs - PAO

LCDR Steven Curry

Reactor Officer

CAPT Mark Oberley

Safety Officer

CDR Chris Sledge

Supply Officer

CDR John Soracco

Training Officer

LCDR Thomas McKeon

Weapons Officer

CDR Daniel Walford

Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2

CDR Matt Conliffe

Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2

LCDR Matthew Driskall

 

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)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63328

 

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

 

Background History of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) nine months 2009 PIA prior to her last deployment before Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) from March 8, 2010 to 31 March 2011.

 

 

“Even as USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was preparing for her last deployment, Northrop Grumman’s engineers and Navy personnel make preparations to ensure a smooth start to her RCOH once CVN-71 is done in 2013. Abraham Lincoln was still undergoing testing from her 2009 PIA maintenance, and successfully completes a PACFIRE test firing of her 20mm Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS), while exercising the boat’s combat systems on 9 March 2010. Upgrades to the close-in self-defense weapon system included transition from block 1 baseline 0, to block 1 baseline 2. The main improvement uses compressed high pressure air instead of hydraulics to release the rounds faster, allowing the gun to fire 4,500 rounds per minute instead of 3,000. Abraham Lincoln was pier side at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 9 months in 2009, undergoing a Complex Overhaul during a Planned Incremental Availability.

 

An $80.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract for FY 2010 advance planning to prepare and make ready for the RCOH of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and its reactor plants was allocated on 17 March 2010. This effort will cover advanced planning, ship checks, design, documentation, engineering, procurement, fabrication, and preliminary shipyard or support facility work. If all options are exercised, the full potential value of the contract could reach $678.6 million. As we have seen with other ships, however, that is only about 20% of the RCOH procedure’s total cost. Work will be performed in Newport News, VA, and is expected to be complete by February 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured, since Newport News is the USA’s only aircraft carrier shipyard (N00024-10-C-2110).

 

A Newport Daily Press article dated 25 February 2011 pegs the next-generation carrier and the USS Abraham Lincoln’s RCOH as key projects at risk, thanks to the 11th Congress’ failure to pass a FY 2011 budget. Both are “long fuse, big bang” projects, where the ability to order materials and ramp up staffing in a timely manner are critical.

 

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc. in Newport News, VA receives a $206.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee option to continue advance planning efforts for the USS Abraham Lincoln’s RCOH on 28 February 2011. This effort continued to provide for shipchecks, design, documentation, engineering, procurement, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work. Work was performed in Newport News, VA, and ran until February 2012. This is the only supercarrier shipyard in the USA, and this contract was not competitively procured (N00024-10-C-2110). Tim Colton of Maritime Memos has an interesting take on this:

 

“When you look at NNS’ base workload – build a new CVN every four or five years, do the RCOH on one of the existing CVNs every four or five years, and now, also, deactivate one of the existing CVNs every four or five years – you get the feeling that they can pretty much go on forever, very profitably, with or without any other work. I know that that is a very simplistic view, but it serves to emphasize the importance to the success of HII (Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.) of fixing the problems in the Gulf Coast yards.”

 

On 31 March 2011, an $8.1 million contract modification for AN/USG-2B systems delivery and test aboard USS Abraham Lincoln and the first-of-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford was awarded to HII. The USG-2B is a key component of the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability, which allows equipped ships to share a common picture of threats around them, even if those threats are out of their own sensor range. Work will be performed in Largo, FL (47%); St. Petersburg, FL (20%); Dallas, TX (18%); and McKinney, TX (15%), and is expected to be completed by May 2013 (N00024-08-C-5203)” (Ref. Mar 31, 2013 20:16 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff). http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Shall-Not-Perish-RCOH-for-CVN-72-USS-Abraham-Lincoln-06255

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) embarked CVW-2 at San Diego, California, for a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility 7 December 2011, on her transfer to the East Coast operating with the Fleet Forces Command upon departure from the Mediterranean Sea, operating with the 6th Fleet, for Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), on her 11th “WestPac” deployment and her fourth North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), to protect 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” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A & 377).

 

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

Part  I of  II - 20 December 2011 to 24 May 2012

Part  II of  II - 25 May 2012 to 3 August 2012

 

 

Lincoln Sailors Receive Holiday Mail

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

Chief Logistics Specialist Brent Lewis,
Lincoln's postal officer, emphasized the importance of getting holiday mail to Sailors as efficiently as possible. "For some Sailors, it's their first time being away from home and missing the holidays," Lewis said. "So to make it up to them, we bring Christmas to them ahead of schedule. And we won't tell their loved ones if they open their gifts early."

Lewis has been deployed before, and he knows firsthand the morale boost a holiday package or letter can give a Sailor. "Just the feel of opening a box is joyful, and the excitement of finding out what's inside is even more of a thrill," he said.

Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Brenke, assigned to
Lincoln's personnel support detachment, said the efforts of the postal team will ensure the holidays are happier for Sailors like her.

"Being away from home, one simple package can mean the whole world to someone," Brenke said. "It just means that your family is looking out for you. Even though we're miles away, we can still be connected by one little box."
Abraham Lincoln, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, is currently deployed to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibilities.

CSG 9 is comprised of
Abraham Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS111224-01 - Release Date: 12/24/2011 11:07:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64559

 

DESRON 9 Sailors Foster Relationship with Royal Malaysian Navy

 

“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.

"It's a great experience to interact with a foreign navy on a professional and recreational level," said Cmdr. Rich McDaniel, USS
Sterett commanding officer. "Visiting the Malaysian Hydrographic Centre gave us insight on the strategic importance of Malaysia and the Strait of Malacca for Southeast Asia and the world economy. It was also great to see our Sailors competing against the Malaysian navy in a friendly game of soccer."

Upon getting underway from Port Klang, the two destroyers participated in a passing exercise with two RMN ships, culminating with the four ships sailing in formation and conducting formation maneuvers.

DESRON 9 is part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71). CSG 9 is in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) as part of a deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans en route to support coalition efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR.

The visit to Malaysia was the first port call for Sterett and Momsen during the 2011-2012 deployment” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS120114-15 - Release Date: 1/14/2012 6:14:00 AM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, PORT KLANG, Malaysia (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64776

 

Lincoln Announces Stennis Leadership Award Winners

 

“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. "I feel fortunate because of the department," said Thibodeau. "I have a group of Sailors that consistently exceed my expectations. I've been in the Navy for 31 years, and I have had the opportunity to witness every leadership style there is. I don't think you can lead effectively by just employing one style. You need to use a mix of styles depending on the situation."

The Stennis Leadership Awards Program recognizes personnel who reflect the spirit and service of the late Sen. John C. Stennis. The leadership award programs for aircraft carriers recognize distinguished officers and senior enlisted personnel who have demonstrated exceptional leadership on board their respective aircraft carriers. Benjamin said the awards hold special significance for
Lincoln Sailors because nominations can only be made by their peers and subordinates. "It's a great feeling," she said. "That's all I ever wanted because I care about my Sailors." As part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military, the award winners will get to travel to Washington, D.C., where they will meet with members of Congress and other civilian leaders.

 

When the award winners are honored and learn about how policy is made in Washington, the civilian leaders will get an opportunity to learn about the life, values, culture and institutions of the military through visits with the award winners and their spouses. Stennis wrote the first Senate ethics code and was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. After working in the Armed Services Committee for more than a decade, he was honored by having a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), named after him. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9 comprimised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120229-29 - Release Date: 2/29/2012 2:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Henley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65622

 

VAQ-131 Lancers Receive 2011 Battle 'E'

 

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.

"I am extremely proud of each and every member of the Lancer Team. It has been a great year for the squadron as well as for the entire Air Wing, and it is an honor and privilege to be recognized for the hard work everyone has put in," said Cmdr. Stephen Flaherty, VAQ-131 commanding officer.

"Our job is to provide support to U.S. and coalition forces on the ground and in the air when called upon, and to do that we always strive to perform at our best," added Flaherty. "The members of this squadron work hard at everything they do, and I think earning the
Battle "E" is evidence of that work ethic." Cmdr. Richard Knapp, VAQ-131 executive officer echoed Flaherty's sentiments. "I believe the Battle "E" is the ultimate teamwork award," said Knapp. "In a year where so many units were deployed or detached, and in a year where so many performed so well, it is a humbling experience to be named."

 

The Lancers were busy in 2011, starting the year off on a combat deployment aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), followed by multiple activities such as Carrier Qualifications, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), L.A. Navy Week and detachments to Mountain Home Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Fallon. They completed the year once again on deployment aboard Lincoln. "I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of you on your selection as the Battle "E" squadron," said Capt. Dave Silkey, commander CVW 2. "Unlike any other award the squadron can win, this one sets itself apart because it is recognition of the whole team, from maintainers to aviators; everyone has a voice in the pursuit of the Battle 'E'."

VAQ-131 is one of nine squadrons with CVW-2, embarked once again on
Lincoln. Lincoln is part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, with USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104) deployed. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120226-07 - Release Date: 2/26/2012 6:04:00 AM - By Lt. Josh Lang, VAQ-131 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65550

 

Sterett Awarded Second Consecutive Battle 'E'

 

“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.

"I am fortunate to command a ship with such a stellar culture and legacy of excellence," said Cmdr. Rich McDaniel,
Sterett's commanding officer. "It is an impressive accomplishment for Sterett to win the Battle 'E' two years in a row. Equally as impressive is the fact that Sterett has won Command Excellence Awards in all warfare areas for every year she has been eligible."

In April 2011,
Sterett returned from its maiden deployment. The crew immediately began a training cycle to prepare for her second deployment, which began seven months later, this past December. "2011 was an extremely demanding year for our Sailors and they rose to the challenge and exceeded all expectations. Winning the Battle 'E' is a testament to the hard work and outstanding performance of each and every Sterett Sailor," said McDaniel.

Sterett is deployed as part of DESRON 9, embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. CSG 9 also includes guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92), guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 2. CSG 9 is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120307-31 - Release Date: 3/7/2012 9:55:00 PM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, USS STERETT, At Sea (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65711

 

Lincoln's New Fathers See Children for First Time Via Video Connection

 

“New fathers deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

 

"It allows Sailors to see their families while they talk and in some cases fathers see their children for the first time, so it's a lot more personal than a phone call." All Sailors with immediate family members still at their homeport are eligible for the program, however, fathers who have had a child born while on deployment have priority. "It gave me a chance to meet my son for the first time," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician David Pickle.

 

"I've seen pictures and videos of him, but that was the first time I've gotten to see him in real time. It's different." VTC systems are normally reserved for high-ranking officers for operational purposes. In order to set the system up for individual use, the Combat Systems department ordered and set up the VTC system, and the Religious Ministries Department had to coordinate times and dates to hold the VTC with the various bases where the ship and air wing have families.

 

Once signed up for the VTC program, Sailors are responsible for communicating to their families the times and places of the VTCs. The VTC was relatively easy to set up, said Pickle. He sent his wife an e-mail telling her when and where it would be held. If any changes were made, the command where the VTC was held would contact his wife and inform her of those changes. "Deployments are normally long and hard on families, especially new fathers," said Warley. "VTCs are the best way to decrease the deployment stress on both sides.

 

For fathers of newborn babies who are missing a lot of their children's lives, with the VTC, even though they can't physically be there, they can be a part of those lives even though they're thousands of miles away." "It makes the fact that I'm a father a little more real," said Pickle. "Even though he slept through most of it, to see my son and my wife live in one shot helped it all sink in."

 

Pickle was in the Navy when e-mail was first introduced aboard ships and entire divisions shared one e-mail address. He noted the progress the Navy has made since then to keep Sailors and their families connected. "Things like VTC make life better while on deployment," said Pickle.

 

"Every sea tour, we're getting more and more comfort features." Warley said the ultimate purpose of the teleconferences is to boost the morale of Sailors with families back home, which will result in more productivity and less distractions while working. "Lincoln has always taken pride in putting our Sailors first," said Warley.

 

"This is just one program that shows that. Hopefully when other commands see what a positive effect this has on Sailors, the program will be more common around the fleet. "Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. 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)).  http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65650

 

VFA-151 Vigilantes Receive Host of Awards

 

“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.

VFA-151 is one of nine squadrons deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard the
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of CSG 9. CSG 9 is comprised of Lincoln, CVW 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of OEF” (Ref. Story Number: 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)).

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VFA-2 Bounty Hunters Earn 2011 Rear Adm. C. Wade McClusky Award

 

“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. "Each department played a critical role in the overall success of the squadron, and every 'bullet' should be justifiably proud of their contributions. Our Sailors continue to do great things in 2012, and I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such an exceptionally talented group of professionals."

The Bounty Hunters supported
OEF in 2011 while deployed in the 5th fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by employing 4,500 pounds of ordnance and more than 1,500 rounds of 20 mm ammunition as well as flying 424 combat sorties for a combined 2,515 combat flight hours contributing to CVW-2's 100 percent combat sortie completion rate. "All nominees for the awards were outstanding," said Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers. "Our winners truly exemplify the vital importance of aviation to the sea services, and forge the way ahead for future generations of aviators."

VFA-2 is one of nine squadrons embarked aboard Lincoln as part of
CVW 2. Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet AOR conducting Maritime Security Operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120320-14 - Release Date: 3/20/2012 3:06:00 PM - By Lt. Mitch Cole, Strike Fighter Squadron 2 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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HSM-77 Saberhawks Earn 2011 Isbell Award

 

“The Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, deployed as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), received the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy on 8 March 2012. Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell served in the Navy for 25 years and was a pioneer for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) during World War II. In Isbell's honor, the trophy is historically presented to superior ASW squadrons, although anti-surface warfare performance is also considered.

"We've been working tirelessly with our air wing and weapons school to maintain our training and readiness," said Lt. Jeffrey M. Gonzales, a pilot with HSM-77. "We have the capabilities of coordinating with other air services and the ship's assets, which allows us to be more effective overall." Lt. j.g. Adam R. Arndt, another Saberhawk pilot, said the squadron's current deployment aboard
Lincoln enables them to work better as a team while keeping their skill sets sharp.

"Everyone is constantly improving at handling anti-submarine warfare," Arndt said. "We keep a high-paced schedule. After coming off various exercises and deployments, we'll be forward-deployed to Japan soon. We've been non-stop, getting better and better." HSM-77 also earned the
2011 CNAF Pacific Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award, 10 February 2012, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) aboard Lincoln, which put the squadron in the running for the Isbell trophy. Gonzales said the HSM-77 crew used the awards as motivation to continue their progress.

"Everyone is very happy to win the award; it's a great honor," Gonzales said. "It's something that the air crew is happy to have, and it also recognizes the hard work and the efforts of the maintainers and support teams." HSM-77 is one of nine squadrons that comprise
CVW 2. Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120327-20 - Release Date: 3/27/2012 10:45:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Henley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66116

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 16 February to 11 March 2012” (Ref. 76).  

 

Golden Falcons Celebrate 60th Birthday

 

“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 the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), 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.

 

"It was unexpected, but I'm happy to be part of the squadron, and it was a good experience to be part of the celebration," said Shadden. Roach said the event provided HSC-12 with the opportunity to recognize the efforts of squadron Sailors and to enjoy each other's company. "We have been working very hard, and we wanted to give the crew some well-deserved time to relax for all the successes," he said.

 

Roach said the celebration was also held to give the crew a chance to learn about the squadron's history so they could take greater pride in their future achievements. "It was important, especially for the new Sailors in the squadron, to understand the history and productive changes the Golden Falcons have made," he said. "That way, we can appreciate who we are and those who served in the past to motivate us for the future."

First established as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 in San Diego in 1952, HSC-12 is the oldest rotary-wing squadron in the Navy. They have brought their multi-mission capabilities to various operations such as the Vietnam War, the
Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP) and Operation Unified Assistance. HSC-12 has been recognized for a host of awards over the years, including multiple Battle Efficiency and Battle Effectiveness awards, the Sikorsky Aircraft Excellence in Maintenance Award and the Arleigh Burke Trophy.

 

"This organization holds an impressive history of accomplishments with a long list of excellences and awards," said Shoemaker. "We can only thank them for their attributions to support the team of Carrier Air Wing 2 and wish them congratulations to a 60-year anniversary, well done." In support of CSG 9, the Golden Falcons are the primary search and rescue platform for Lincoln-based flight operations, and they provide special operational forces in support of anti-surface warfare and logistics.

 

HSC-12 is one of nine squadrons that comprise Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked on Lincoln as part of CSG 9, which includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120319-01 - Release Date: 3/19/2012 5:04:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, Carrier Strike Group 9 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65949

 

Lincoln Celebrates Women's History Month

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

 

Often my maternal instincts are used when I put my Sailors before me; when their needs become my needs, their battles become my battles, and their sorrows become my sorrows," Blanco read.  Lt. Megan Donnelly, the 2012 Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award recipient and guest speaker for the celebration event, said she appreciates the increased number of options for women in the Navy.  "I continue to be thankful and excited for the opportunities the Navy presents to everyone, regardless of gender.

 

The Sailors I am lucky enough to serve with, and the chance to continue to excel, makes everything worth it," she said. In the first Gulf War, women represented 15 percent of all naval personnel fighting on the ground. Since then, the repeal of the combat exclusion law allowed women to serve on combatant ships in 1994, and a recent change in policy made it possible for women to serve on submarines for the first time in 2010. More than 54,000 female active duty Sailors and more than 10,000 female Reservists serve in the Navy today.  Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120402-15 - Release Date: 4/2/2012 1:20:00 PM By - Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66217

 

Lincoln CO Named Honorary Chief Petty Officer

 

“The commanding officer of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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. When Command Master Chief Susan Whitman pinned Capt. John D. Alexander with the traditional fouled anchor of a chief petty officer (CPO), the chiefs in attendance responded with a standing ovation.

"Today is a day we hope you will never forget," Whitman said. "The only request we have of you is that you will always wear the CPO pin somewhere on your uniform or carry a CPO coin in your pocket." Whitman attributed the honor to Alexander's consistent support of
Lincoln's Chiefs' Mess and the mission of chiefs everywhere.

"We wanted to say 'thank you for believing and trusting in us,' and we wanted to thank you in a way that is the highest compliment one can receive," Whitman said. "There is no monetary value or even an award. However, tonight you will become part of an exclusive fraternity and brotherhood." Alexander, whose Navy career has spanned 29 years, said that over the course of nearly three decades, he's received a number of honors and awards, but none compare to this one.

"The Chiefs' Mess has formed the backbone of the Navy for 119 years," Alexander said. "I fully believe there is no group more important to the success of our Sailors and our Navy than the chiefs. I am humbled and honored to become part of such a proud club. Thank you for this prestigious honor."

Alexander joins the ranks of other notable honorary chiefs such as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Dr. Bill Cosby.

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104).

CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard
Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120409-13 - Release Date: 4/9/2012 9:26:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)).

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Momsen Sailors Take College Classes While Underway

 

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.

 

"Before I joined the Navy, I dropped out of high school and got my GED [General Education Diploma]," said Fire Controlman 2nd Class James Anthony Covert, an NCPACE-enrolled student majoring in electrical engineering. "I definitely never thought I'd go to college, and here I am." Covert, who has been taking distance learning courses while the ship has been deployed, said that ultimately, his goal is to earn a master's degree.

 

Distance learning classes are self-paced and are administered on CDs, which do not require internet access, and books, which include lessons and quizzes. Currently, nine Momsen Sailors are enrolled in distance learning classes. "For deployment, NCPACE is the way to go because it is not subject to internet restrictions," said Ensign Andrew McCarthy, Momsen's education services officer. "You have all your materials already with you." Tuition for NCPACE courses is free for students who decide to take classes on board.

 

Participants are only required to pay for textbooks and other course-related materials. Sailors, who balance studying as well as performing their duties underway, have three months to complete each course. When using tuition assistance, the Navy allows them to seek as many as 16 credits per year. "The Navy pays for the course," said Covert. "I just pay for the books."

 

Obtaining a college degree enables enlisted Sailors to earn promotion points and will also aid those who intend to apply for officer or limited duty officer programs. "This is the perfect time to do it, while we're at sea," said Covert. "I don't know why anyone wouldn't want to take advantage in the first place." McCarthy said NCPACE also helps Sailors to advance in pay grade and can prepare those Sailors who intend to separate from the Navy or join the Navy Reserve.

 

"You will have those credits in your pocket, and it opens up your options in whatever career path you choose," McCarthy said. "There are so many benefits. I just wish more people would take advantage of them." Momsen and USS Sterett (DDG-104) are deployed with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG).

 

ALCSG, which also includes the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. NCPACE supports the personal and professional growth of Sailors helping them earn degrees which help make them invaluable assets to the Navy. It's an important part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy. For more information about the Navy College Program, visit https://www.navycollege.navy.mil” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120406-21 - Release Date: 4/6/2012 1:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, USS Momsen Public Affairs, USS MOMSEN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66350

 

Lincoln Holds Traditional Baptism Service

 

“Four Sailors serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in one of the Navy's oldest traditions when they were baptized on the ship's fantail on 6 April 2012. "These four Sailors showed great dedication to their faith through this very sacred and important ceremony," said Cmdr. Denis Cox, Lincoln's command chaplain. The four Sailors baptized were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane Coon, Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Nicholas Dewitt, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Morgan Wyvill and Damage Controlman Fireman Shannon Mumma. "It's a great feeling after being baptized," said Coon. "It's great that the ship offers this opportunity for its Sailors." Wyvill said the unique setting provided him with a special opportunity he couldn't pass up.

 

"Having the baptism on an aircraft carrier and being a part of its history was a special experience for me." Baptisms aboard naval vessels began when infants were born aboard British Royal Navy ships. Even today, after a baptism, the participants' names are engraved in the inside of the ship's fog bell, forever making the person a part of the ship's history. After the ship's decommissioning, it is the Navy tradition to give the bell to the family of the ship's first baptism.

 

Lincoln is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: NNS120409-10 - Release Date: 4/9/2012 9:12:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66387

 

Sun Kings Keep Fit at Sea

 

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 (CVN-72). Lt. Joseph Early, VAW-116's command fitness leader (CFL), ensures the physical readiness of his command whether deployed or back at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. Early created a regimen designed to break the monotony of physical fitness by introducing VAW-116's new program, which employs a diverse routine of weight and cardio workouts, as well as diet and nutrition recommendations. "Everyone wants to be physically fit; the desire is already there," said Early. "It's all about finding what motivates a person to follow through and just doing it." Early isn't the only one motivating his Sailors to get fit and healthy.

 

He has several assistant CFLs who help provide deckplate leadership and support to members assigned to the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) as well as to any individuals who wish to become fit and lead a healthier lifestyle. One important feature of the program is being able to tailor it to the individual. Each member is responsible for setting a goal, then the CFL and ACFLs work with the Sailor to create a fitness and nutrition plan. "Not every person in our command is the same, but every person has the means of being successful and accomplishing their fitness goals. It's simply my job to provide them the tools they need to succeed," said Early. VAW-116 has its own success story with Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Ryan Corcoran, who battled with his weight and fitness the majority of his military career. Since the squadron deployed three months ago, Corcoran has lost 22 pounds. Of all the fitness programs in which I've participated, this has yielded the most results," said Corcoran. "It is a relief to finally find a routine that is not only enjoyable, but remarkably easy to sustain, both while deployed and at home.

 

The constructive criticism and attention I receive are no doubt the catalyst for my success." VAW-116 is one of nine squadrons that comprise Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. CSG 9 also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Fitness is one of the key elements of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy “ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120410-24 - Release Date: 4/10/2012 10:55:00 PM - By Lt. Blake A. Baccigalopi, VAW-116 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66381

 

VFA-137 Earns the Golden Wrench Award

 

“The Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 were awarded the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Golden Wrench Maintenance Award aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

"We have some of the best competition in the Navy, and we do not take this award for granted," said Lt. Kevin Kitchin, VFA-137 assistant maintenance officer.

The award is a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of maintenance. Some of the criteria by which a squadron is graded are ordnance and mission systems reliability, rate of mission-capable aircraft, coordination with air wing staff and the aircraft carrier, accuracy in reports and aircraft appearance.

"I have been in the
Hornet community for 24 years now, and this is one of the best maintenance departments I have been a part of," said Kitchin. "Our maintainers have been through a lot in the past two years. They continue to show the drive to get better every day while they have proven to have phenomenal resiliency to distractions."

The Kestrels send F-18E
Super Hornets to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) six days a week with one no-fly day dedicated to preparing the jets for the following week. The pace requires 24 hours of maintenance every day in order to have combat-ready aircraft.

"It is great to get this award after all of the hard work," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Timothy Hennings. "It took teamwork from all of the maintainers in the squadron to achieve this."

VFA-137 and
CVW 2 are embarked aboard Lincoln as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of OEF“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120428-13 - Release Date: 4/28/2012 8:36:00 AM - By Lt. Brad Panzarella, VFA-137 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).

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Sterett Sailors Stay Connected to Family, Friends with United Through Reading

 

“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.

Sterett has been participating in UTR since deploying Dec. 7, 2011, with 38 Sailors using the program. In addition, Sterett Sailors have also recorded readings for Dailard Elementary School in San Diego, where Sterett is homeported, and the Corry Station Child Development Center in Pensacola, Fla. Sailors read for their own children as well as their children's friends who attend these schools.

"Having used the program myself, I believe this is a great way to let our children know we are thinking of them even when we are far away," said Cryptologic Technician Collection 1st Class Kristen Steele, one of
Sterett's UTR coordinators. "We get to see the smiles on our Sailors' faces while they are reading, and I know their children are smiling at home as well."

Sterett plans to continue its participation with UTR throughout its entire deployment, said Personnel Specialist Gerardo Arbulu, another UTR coordinator.

"We will continue to record the videos weekly and make sure that every Sailor knows of this great opportunity to stay connected with their children back home," said Arbulu.

Sterett and USS Momsen (DDG 92) are part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, currently embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 also includes USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 2. CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120423-24 - Release Date: 4/23/2012 8:54:00 PM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66687

 

VAQ-131 Pilot Selected to Help Stand Up Royal Navy LSO Program

 

“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.

 

With the two Queen Elizabeth-class carriers on the way, the royal navy requested assistance from the U.S. Navy for an aviator and LSO with the skill and experience to help establish the Queen Elizabeth program. The royal navy handpicked Holmes to fill that position based on his background. Holmes first flew the E-2C Hawkeye, qualified to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and currently flies the Prowler. He completed a tour as a carrier air wing (CVW) LSO and was one of only two force LSOs in the Navy. Upon arrival, Holmes will be placed in charge of teaching pilots and LSOs how to land on aircraft carriers as well as the responsibilities and duties of the LSO. In addition, he will provide the builders expert advice on the flight deck of Britain's newest carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

 

"One of the advantages to this tour will be getting to do what I love most, which is teaching pilots to land on the carrier," Holmes said. "The pilots I will be teaching will be the first group of LSOs, instructors and skippers for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons. These pilots will turn around and teach the follow-on pilots who will make up the very first air wing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth." Britain is developing its two new carriers with the most technically advanced aircraft landing/recovery equipment to date.

 

They are also requiring stringent training for the first group of tailhook pilots Britain has had in more than 30 years. "I am very excited to have been given this amazing opportunity to help out the royal navy as they open a new chapter in their already proven naval history," said Holmes. "Helping the Brits build one of the most technologically advanced carriers in the world is definitely an honor. "This is a double treat for me as it will most likely be my last tour in the Navy," he added. "I will have 23 years by the time I complete this tour, and I couldn't ask for a better one as my last in the Navy." VAQ-131 is one of nine squadrons that comprise CVW-2, embarked aboard Lincoln, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

 

CSG 9 also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120426-28 - Release Date: 4/26/2012 4:34:00 PM - By Lt. Josh Lang, Electronic Attack Squadron 131 Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66733

 

VFA-151 Receives Top Hook Award

 

“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 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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). "The competition was incredibly fierce this line period," said Lt. Ted Reeves, VFA-151's senior LSO. "It definitely feels good to earn this award considering how many top-notch ball flyers there are in
CVW-2."

VFA-151 is one of nine squadrons deployed as part of
CVW-2 aboard Lincoln, the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. CSG 9 also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 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: NNS120511-25 - Release Date: 5/11/2012 3:33:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Matt Chesney, Strike Fighter Squadron 151 Public Affairs, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67107

 

Lincoln Raises Nearly $200K for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

 

As reported on 25 April 2012, “Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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. Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Benjamin, the NMCRS assistant fundraising coordinator aboard
Lincoln, said with an original target of $140,000, the accomplishment was more than what she had hoped for. "It's really great to see the crew come together to support a good cause," she said.

 

"And having these events really boosted the morale of the ship. We all came together and had a good time. It was also a great feeling to help out our shipmates all over the world." The NMCRS, a non-profit charitable organization sponsored by the Department of the Navy, is solely funded by charitable contributions like the annual fund drive conducted by shore and sea-based commands throughout the Navy and Marine Corps. Contributions are returned to service members in the form of emergency relief or other services.

 

The NMCRS has helped active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and their families for more than 100 years. Lincoln will turn over the money to the local NMCRS office once it gets to its new homeport in Norfolk, Va. later this year. "The NMCRS is a great program because it is Sailors taking care of their fellow Sailors through donations and charitable drives," said Chief Religious Programs Specialist Elliot Warley, Lincoln's NMCRS emergency relief coordinator. "It's a program that helps Sailors out when they encounter a family emergency or crisis."

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

CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5
th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. Story Number: NNS120425-05 - Release Date: 4/25/2012 11:43:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin T. Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66744

 

 

120329-N-ZZ999-002 The graphic logo to illustrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) initiative.

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#SAAM: Abraham Lincoln Steps Up to Shut Down Sexual Assault

 

As reported on 26 April 2012, “the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

Lincoln scheduled several activities throughout the month to help spread the message. An open mic poetry night, which took place April 9 in the hangar bay, was subsequently broadcast on the ship's internal training channel. An essay contest promoting new ideas for prevention, intervention and solutions for sexual assault was held during the third week of the month. Additionally, a sexual assault awareness information kiosk on the mess decks provided awareness pamphlets and solutions cards on which Sailors were encouraged to write down ideas for further development of the program.

Chief Logistics Specialist Eric R. Coleman, command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) advocate, said that sexual assault awareness is a multifaceted effort for which the command has to leverage all of its resources to get the message out. "You have to use all departments and resources, the
Chaplain's Office, Media department, Medical department, Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), social media, in-house lectures - you name it," said Coleman. "With the help of all hands, we as a command can make sure the crew maintains a high level of awareness, and we can influence mission readiness."

Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Carl D. Voss,
Lincoln's Drug and Alcohol Program advisor (DAPA), said sexual assault is an important topic that deserves the utmost attention from all hands, and as soon as a Sailor lets his or her guard down, bad things tend to happen. "It's extremely important to always have self-awareness and not self-indulge. When you don't have self-awareness, you are putting yourself in a dangerous position for an incident to occur," Voss said. "One incident is too many, which is why we train our Sailors in depth about the many facets that involve sexual assault."

Coleman said the ship has taken an approach of complete accountability, from the commanding officer to the deckplate Sailors. "There is a distinct absence of the Navy's core values in victimizing anyone. Eighty percent of victims will not come forward and report that they've been subjects of sexual assault, which means we are dealing with a courageous 20 percent," said Coleman. "The chain of command will do everything within their means to support victims, explain reporting options and offer the highest degree of training on prevention possible."

 

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable.

 

Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #SAAM. Lincoln is deployed as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom“ (Ref. 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)).

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Saberhawks Honor Deployed Family Members

 

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. Since that first suggestion, other HSM-77 Sailors expressed interest in placing the names of their family members on the sides of the squadron's MH-60R helicopters. Taylor's cousin, Army 1st Lt. Joshua Sneed, of Artesia, N.M., has served for more than seven years with the U.S. Army infantry. He was also one of the primary influences in Taylor's decision to enlist in the Navy.

"Josh has always spoken highly of the military and what he does," she said. "The passion he has for his job motivated me to join the Navy, and I wanted to show my appreciation for the impact he has had on my own career by doing something for him." When squadron leadership first proposed the idea to put the names on the aircraft, numerous HSM-77 Sailors jumped at the chance to honor their family members serving on the ground. "Many of our Sailors have family members from other military branches deployed around the world," said Cmdr. Brent Gaut, commanding officer of HSM-77.

 

"Our goal was to find a way to show our gratitude and appreciation for these brave men and women serving as part of America's ground forces, hoping our gesture would let them know they are ever present in our thoughts and prayers." Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate Sheila Rivers's husband, Marine Master Sgt. Mark Rivers, is about to start a tour of his own in Afghanistan. "It's not easy, but he's always in my thoughts, and this initiative holds testament to the bond we have for each other," said Rivers. "We're out here every day supporting our troops on the ground, whether they are our family members or not, and we want to let them know that no matter how great the distance, they are always with us in mind and spirit."

HSM-77, embarked aboard the
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, is part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: 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)).

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Lincoln Hosts National Day of Prayer Breakfast

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

"It is a day to regain strength and re-acknowledge the source of our blessings," said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Julianne Frye.

The ceremony started at 7 a.m. with an opening prayer delivered by Lt. Cmdr. Greg Coates, a Navy chaplain, followed by hymnals sung by the ship's gospel choir. The breakfast also included words of welcome from Capt. John D. Alexander,
Lincoln's commanding officer, and guest speaker Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

"The ceremony benefits Sailors by bringing together a community of faith that they can participate in while they are away from home," said Coates. "We can get together and nourish the spiritual component in our lives."

Sailors began their prayers with thoughts and words for the nation and the military, as well as for peace and for those who have died in service. The ceremony ended with a closing hymnal.

"It turned out to be a great success," said Lt. Cmdr. Joselito Tiongson, Navy chaplain. "We had mass participation from the commanding officer and the admiral. The religious ministries on board were a great help setting up the event, as were all of the participants, particularly the Sailors working in Supply department preparing the breakfast. They all helped bring the community together."

Lincoln is currently deployed with CSG 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: 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)).

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Sterett Sailors Halfway to Deployment ESWS Target

 

“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. Since leaving San Diego, Dec. 7, 2011, 45 Sterett Sailors have earned their ESWS qualification or re-qualifications. The chief petty officers' mess and the first class petty officers aboard Sterett set a goal of qualifying or re-qualifying 104 Sailors before Sterett returns to its homeport later this year, a figure that matches Sterett's hull number.

The ESWS designation signifies that a Sailor has acquired specific skills, knowledge and experience necessary for the successful performance of their duties aboard a surface ship. "The ESWS qualification is a major milestone in a Sailor's career," said Fire Controlman 1st Class Shane Phillips, one of the program's coordinators. "Our training plan is designed to allow our Sailors to make the most of their time on deployment and to return to San Diego as qualified surface warfare specialists."

To help Sterett achieve her goal, ESWS co-coordinator Chief Boatswain's Mate Jose Lira and Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 1st Class Juan Dominguez joined Phillips to develop a training plan. Daily ESWS training is coupled with weekly divisional and departmental training to provide Sterett's ESWS candidates with numerous opportunities to earn their qualifications. Each training session is led by a subject matter expert who has logged more than 1,000 hours of deployed training, and usually includes a lecture, discussion and a walkthrough of each specific system or piece of equipment.

In early April, Sterett became eligible to fly the ESWS pennant on her mast. The pennant can only be flown on ships with no Sailors delinquent on warfare qualifications. "Our ESWS coordinator, Chief Lira, and his assistants have developed and executed a great training plan," said Sterett Command Master Chief Chris Benavides. "Qualifying 104 Sailors is an aggressive number, but I am confident that we will achieve our goal before we return to San Diego later this year."

Sterett and guided-missile destroyer USS
Momsen (DDG-92) are currently deployed with Destroyer Squadron 9, 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 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: NNS120516-14 - Release Date: 5/16/2012 3:39:00 PM - By Ensign Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs, USS STERETT, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=67210

 

Lincoln Prepares Future LDOs, Warrant Officers for Success

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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.

"The chance to become an LDO or CWO is an exceptional opportunity for leadership," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mike Guertin. "It is never too early to start preparing for the transition." Guertin implemented the LDO/CWO recruitment and training aboard
Lincoln to provide enlisted Sailors with tools and information about career advancement. He recommends to interested parties that they sit in on the training to get extra information about a competitive process designed to select Sailors who have demonstrated sustained superior performance throughout their careers.

The admission process focuses on promotion rankings, command endorsement, interview appraisal sheets, leadership traits, major accomplishments, significant in-rate and watch station qualifications, certifications and the difficulty of previous assignments. "It is important to set goals early in your career," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Laila Salaam. "Becoming an LDO or CWO is a long process full of hard work, but it is a process that will set you up for a stable future."

Guertin described the selection process as among the most competitive in the Navy. "Sailors need to make themselves look as good as possible because only the top few will gain a spot in the program," he said. In 2011, of the 1,020 Sailors who applied for the CWO program Navywide, 156 were selected. "
Lincoln had amazing success in the CWO program last year," said Guertin. "We had five people selected to become CWOs; most commands are lucky to get one Sailor selected." The application process takes approximately 11 months before results are announced. "Very few get to serve as an LDO or CWO," said Guertin. "It is a position to be proud of because you have proved to the Navy that you are in the elite in your rate."

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: 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)).

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A Chief Warrant Officer supervises Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

120517-N-YQ369-086 - ARABIAN SEA (May 17, 2012) - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Laila Salaam supervises Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Kyle Griffin aboard the Nimitz-class carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen L. Church/Released)

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Lincoln Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a ceremony to honor Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the ship's hangar bay, on 18 May 2012.

 

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in the Navy throughout May to educate Sailors about the many different cultures, traditions and histories of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Capt. John D. Alexander,
Lincoln's commanding officer, kicked off the event with a cake-cutting ceremony on the ship's mess decks followed by a speech welcoming Sailors to the hangar bay ceremony.

"Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month supports the diversity we have throughout our country," said Alexander. "The
Lincoln crew is proud to share the variety of cultures through the performances."

After the opening remarks, the ship's band performed a variety of songs featuring Master Chief Logistics Specialist Joselito Tolentino playing the ukulele.

Members of the ship's diversity council also demonstrated eskrima, the traditional martial arts of the Philippines, and tinikling, a traditional Filipino dance.

"Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is a great way to introduce the Asian culture to the Sailors aboard the ship," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Marcelino Tan. "This month allows people to see the beauty of these extraordinary cultures."

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom” (Ref. Story Number: 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)).
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'Bounty Hunters' Show Appreciation for TAD Personnel

 

“The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 held a movie night in the squadron's ready room aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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 Sailors attached to the Bounty Hunters in non-aviation ratings perform an equally important role to both the command and Lincoln," said VFA-2 Command Master Chief Steven Schultze. "Each of them fills a challenging role, and their primary task is assignment to an air wing or ship department outside of the VFA-2 chain of command while deployed. The professional skills they bring to the command ensure their shipmates and the air crew can focus on maintaining and flying aircraft with the end result of every Bounty Hunter supporting our commander's tasking."

 

Down in the galleys, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ireen Decastro, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jared Barnville and Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael Bejger help to prepare thousands of meals daily for the more than 5,000 Sailors aboard Lincoln. Helping Sailors keep in touch with loved ones through e-mail, Information Systems Technician Seaman Joseph Lee maintains a network of hundreds of computers along with other ITs from the air wing. Through this network, Sailors are able to access e-mail and Internet to keep in touch and keep up-to-date on current events.

 

Collecting and distributing vital intelligence information, Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Yuri Marshall and Information Specialist Seaman Louis Martinez help manage a classified inventory of documents used for real world and training missions to keep the air crew ready for all tasks they may be called upon to perform. Their efforts provide the crew with the information they need to support coalition forces on the ground. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Dylan Heyer and Master-at-Arms Seaman Donald Shelhamer routinely patrol the ship.

 

As the maintainers of good order and discipline, they operate as members of the ship's security force. "They do a lot of things that increase our daily quality of life substantially," said Lt. j.g. Michael Stanley, VFA-2 first lieutenant. "In recognition of their hard work, we hosted the movie night to show our appreciation and to show them they are a valued part of our squadron." VFA-2 is one of nine squadrons that comprise CVW-2, embarked aboard Lincoln.

 

Lincoln is part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of OEF” (Ref. 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)).

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Lincoln Sheds Half a Ton for 'Biggest Loser' Competition

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 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 first place winners, Chief Intelligence Specialist Jesse Polasek and Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Grant Perkins, lost 69 pounds, which equates to 14.8 percent of their combined body fat total.

"By participating in this competition, I learned how much proper nutrition plays in to losing weight," said Perkins. "Also, I plan on making better nutritional choices in the future to live a healthier lifestyle."

Lt. Thomas Slocum,
Lincoln's physical therapist and health promotions coordinator, helped oversee the weight loss program with the ship's fitness class instructors. He saw the competition as an effective way to encourage healthy lifestyles among the crew.

"Sailors just go to chow without even thinking about what they're eating, and they too often walk away with trays full of food that aren't well-balanced," said Slocum. "With the competition, we try to improve the Sailors' health awareness to help them make the right eating choices."

Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation office awarded a variety of prizes to the top competitors, including Visa gift cards and Wii gaming systems.

"The event was a good experience because we took motivation from our teammates, we exercised a lot, and we showed we have the drive to improve our lifestyles," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Brenke, a "Biggest Loser" contestant. "I learned a lot, and it helped speed up the deployment."

Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and embarked 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: 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)).

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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, Chapter XXVIII, Appendix II, Section I of  II - 20 December 2011 to 1 June 2012

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

 

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)

 

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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) -

 

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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) -

 

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978-1-329-54790-2

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

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

 

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

6 May 2003)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-73794-7

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-74027-5

 

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

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74587-4

 

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

 

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

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25041-5

Library of Congress

(Book Version)

2008901619

 

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

 

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

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4