USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at sea periods, Carrier Air Wing at sea periods and Deployments with Air Wing embarked

(25 September 1990 to 7 August 2012)

Chapter XXXIV

 Volume I to III

Part I of III - 28 August 1989 to 6 May 2003

Part II of III - 7 May 2003 to to Present

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-11 embarked departed Norfolk, Virginia 25 September 1990, with Captain William B. Hayden as the Commanding Officer, hosting Governor of Illinois, on her first Southern Atlantic and Southern and Eastern Pacific deployment around South America & Cape Horn, en route to its new Home Port and Transfer to the West Coast, conducting REFTRA, CVW-11 MISSILEX and Cyclic OPS in the Puerto Rican Operations Area and Blue Sky III in the Chilean waters, an exercise with the Chileans, operating with the United States Atlantic Command (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 2nd Fleet, traveling through the Southern and Eastern Pacific to her new home port of Naval Air Station Alameda, California, operating with the Pacific Fleet. The embarked air wing was composed of aircraft from CVW-8, CVW-11 and CVWR-30 (approximately 60 total aircraft, making up CVW-11. Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) moved on board two days before they sailed on 23 September 1990. CVW-11’s new home port will be Naval Air Station Lemoore. Sailors draped banners that read “California or bust” and “Made in Va.” across her fantail. She will under go her first Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-1990).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln        (CVN-72) – 2nd & Pacific Fleet

Solant

SoPac

Cape Horn

EastPac

CVW-11

NH

25 Sep 1990

20 Nov 1990

South America

West Coast Transfer

1st FWFD

57-days

Home Port and Transfer to the West Coast, conducting REFTRA, CVW-11 MISSILEX and Cyclic OPS in the Puerto Rican Operations Area and Blue Sky III in the Chilean waters, an exercise with the Chileans.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-114

Aardvarks -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH100

F-14A

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

 Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH200

F-14A

VFA-303

Golden Hawks -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

(ND) 300

F/A-18A

VFA-305

Lobos -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

(ND) 400

F/A-18A

VA-95

Green Lizards -

Attack Squadron

 Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber

500

A-6E / KA-6D

Tanker

VAW-117

Wallbangers -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-17 (*1)

Neptune's Riders - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

(AK) 610

SH-3H

VRC-30 Det.

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

Grumman - Greyhound

(RW) 32, 34

C-2A

(*1) disestablished on Jun. 30, 1991

Carrier Air Wing Eleven underwent major changes in 1990. A-7E's were replaced by F/A-18 Hornets, and SH-3's were replaced with SH-60 Sea Hawks specially configured for combat search and rescue. The E-2C and the A-6E underwent major upgrades.

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking and E-2C Hawkeye

 

Guided missile frigate USS Doyle (FFG-39) accompanied USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of her escort on its maiden voyage, riding it around South America en route to its new homeport in Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, while Carrier Air Wing Eleven embarked the Navy's newest carrier, making her homeport at Naval Air Station Lemoore” (Ref. 514 or Global Security).

In September 1990, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Norfolk, Virginia, en route Alameda, California, and assignment to the Pacific Fleet. The embarked air wing was composed of aircraft from CVW-8, CVW-11 and CVWR-30 (approximately 60 total aircraft, making up CVW-11, transiting to Alameda, California with CVW-11 embarked, Carrier Qualifications off the Virginia capes (VACAPES) was conducted. Governor of Illinois visited on the 25th and 26th” (Ref. 378B-1990).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 28 May 1991, embarking CVW-11 operating out of her assigned home base in Naval Air Station Lemoore, with Captain William B. Hayden as the Commanding Officer, on her first “WestPac” 91 deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th  Fleet, conducting Annualex and Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare training MSDF Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine ASW, anti-surface and anti-air warfare ASUW, and AAW training, Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of USAF and USN dependents trapped within the Philippines when the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted, relocating approximately 45,000 people from the Subic Bay Naval Station to the port of Cebu in the Visayas, transiting the Strait of Malacca, conducting Malaysian Passex Exercise, that involves low level training flights, air-to-air and air-to-ground training flights with Malaysian forces and will participate in Malaysian/Thai Passex Exercise, including low level training and dissimilar air combat training flights with Malaysian units; conducting E-2 linkex exercise with Thai units, operating under operational control of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), an Echelon II command, that supports all naval operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), fulfilling the roles of both a naval component command and as the fleet command, but it operated without a traditionally understood structure or number, while the Commander, Seventh Fleet served as naval component commander for Central Command, on her first Indian Ocean deployment, her first Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises while on deployment) in support of her 1st Operation Desert Storm, supporting allied and U.S. troops remaining in the region for Desert Storm/Desert Sabre, during which time CVW-11, will provide combat air patrols, reconnaissance and support air operations over Kuwait and Iraq, the first Iraq War, commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait), on her first Gulf of Oman in support of  Beacon Flash 4-91, which will include low level coordinated strikes, and air-to-air and surface exercises with Royal Omani air and naval forces and Al Hout 1/91, a Passex Exercise with the Omanis that included war-at-sea and antisubmarine scenarios, and or ASMDEX sorties. She will under go her second Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-1990).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th & Central Command

(1st Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep. (two cruises while on dep.))

1st WestPac  1st SCS

1st IO

1st Gulf of Oman

1st NorPac

 

CVW-11

NH

28 May 1991

25 Nov 1991

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

2nd FWFD

181-days

Annualex and Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare training MSDF Annualex 03G, a joint U.S. and Japanese exercise with antisubmarine ASW, anti-surface and anti-air warfare ASUW, and AAW training, Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of USAF and USN dependents trapped within the Philippines when the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted, relocating approximately 45,000 people from the Subic Bay Naval Station to the port of Cebu in the Visayas, transiting the Strait of Malacca, conducting Malaysian Passex Exercise, that involves low level training flights, air-to-air and air-to-ground training flights with Malaysian forces and participated in Malaysian/Thai Passex Exercise, including low level training and dissimilar air combat training flights with Malaysian units; conducted E-2 linkex exercise with Thai units, her 1st Operation Desert Storm, supporting allied and U.S. troops remaining in the region for Desert Storm/Desert Sabre, during which time CVW-11, provided combat air patrols, reconnaissance and support air operations over Kuwait and Iraq, the first Iraq War, commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait), on her first Gulf of Oman deployment in support of  Beacon Flash 4-91, which includes low level coordinated strikes, and air-to-air and surface exercises with Royal Omani air and naval forces and Al Hout 1/91, a Passex Exercise with the Omanis that included war-at-sea and antisubmarine scenarios, and or ASMDEX sorties.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-114 (*1)

Aardvarks -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH100

F-14A

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH200

F-14A

VFA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH300

FA-18C / NFA-18C

VFA-94

Mighty Shrikes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH400

FA-18C / NFA-18C

VA-95

Green Lizards -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder - Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NH500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-117

Wallbangers -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-6

Indians - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine &  Search and Rescue

610

SH-3H / HH-60A

VAQ-135

Black Ravens -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-29

Dragonfires - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron or

Lockheed - Viking - Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking and E-2C Hawkeye

(*1) disestablished on Apr.30, 1993

 

“The eight ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group Commanded by COMCARGRU 3, RADM Timothy W. Wright, deployed to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, with Commander, Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN, CAPT Stephen L. Webb embarked, the carrier’s first deployment outside of the Western Hemisphere, with Commodore Destroyer Squadron NINE, CAPT John F. Sussilleaux, and ships that include USS Lake Champlain (CG-57); USS Long Beach (CGN-9); USS Merrill (DD-976); USS Gary (FFG-51); USS Ingraham (FFG-61); USS Roanoke (AOR-7) joined USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part of her task force” (Ref. 84A & 378A).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 15 June 1993, embarking CVW-11 operating out of her assigned home base in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington to NAS North Island in Southern California, with Captain James O. Ellis, Jr. as the Commanding Officer, while Rear Adm. Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., Commander Carrier Group Three, and Capt. David M. Lee, Commander Destroyer Squadron 21, broke their flags, on her second “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her second Indian Ocean deployment, on her second Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment in support of 1st Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, and in what would turn out to be Operation Restore Hope and Operation Continue Hope off the coast of Somalia to assist U.N. humanitarian operations flying patrols over the city of Mogadishu and surrounding areas, backing American ground troops, establishing a secure environment for humanitarian relief operations by providing personnel, logistical, communications, intelligence support, a quick reaction force, and other elements as required to support of the UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II), operating under operational control of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), an Echelon II command, that supports all naval operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), fulfilling the roles of both a naval component command and as the fleet command, but it operated without a traditionally understood structure or number, while the Commander, Seventh Fleet served as naval component commander for Central Command, at the beginning of Operation Southern Watch (commencing 26 August 1992, when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). She will under go her third Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-1993).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (2nd Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.)

2nd WestPac 2nd IO

1st OSW

ORH

OCH

CVW-11

NH

15 Jun 1993

15 Dec 1993

Western Pacific

UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II)  Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

3rd FWFD

184-days

1st Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, and in what would turn out to be Operation Restore Hope and Operation Continue Hope off the coast of Somalia to assist U.N. humanitarian operations flying patrols over the city of Mogadishu and surrounding areas, backing American ground troops, establishing a secure environment for humanitarian relief operations by providing personnel, logistical, communications, intelligence support, a quick reaction force, and other elements as required to support of the UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II).

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH100

F-14A

VMFA-314

Black Knights - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH200

FA-18A

VFA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-94

Mighty Shrikes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH400

FA-18C (N)

VA-95

Green Lizards -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -   Jet Attack Bomber

NH500

A-6E

VAW-117

Wallbangers -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-6

Indians - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VAQ-135

Black Ravens -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler - Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-29

Screaming Dragonfires -Sea Control Squadron

Lockheed - Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VRC-50 Det.

Foo Dogs - Fleet

Logistics Support Squadron

Grumman - Greyhound Lockheed - Viking - Utility

(RG) 42x
(RG)  71x

C-2A
US-3A

VS = Air Anti-Submarine Squadron - 1950-1993

VMFA 314's deployment marked the first time in six years that a Marine Corps squadron had served for a full deployment aboard a West Coast aircraft carrier.

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

“The 80 aircraft of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW-11) embarked aboard Lincoln during "WestPac" '93 were commanded by Captain Gabriel and his relief, Captain McArthur. CVW-11, based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California, included nine aircraft squadrons from air stations all over the West Coast. The Navy squadrons were:

 

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE FIVE (VAQ 135), flying the Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" aircraft from their home base of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; Attack Squadron NINE FIVE (VA 95) flying the Grumman A-6E "Intruder" aircraft also from Whidbey Island; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SIX (HS 6) flying the Sikorsky SH-60F and HH-6OH "Seahawk" helicopter from NAS North Island, San Diego, California; Sea Control Squadron TWO NINE (VS 29), flying the Lockheed S-3B "Viking" aircraft also from NAS North Island; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SEVEN (VAW 117), flying the Grumman E-2C Plus "Hawkeye" from their base at NAS Miramar, San Diego, California; also from NAS Miramar, Fighter Squadron TWO ONE THREE (VF 213), flying the Grumman F-14A "Tomcat;" Strike Fighter Squadron TWO TWO (VFA 22) and Strike Fighter Squadron NINE FOUR (VFA 94), flying the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" aircraft, out of NAS Lemoore, California. Also flying the F/A-18 "Hornet," Marine Fighter Attack Squadron THREE ONE FOUR (VMFA 314), home based at MCAS El Toro, California. VMFA 314's deployment marked the first time in six years that a Marine Corps squadron had served for a full deployment aboard a West Coast aircraft carrier” (Ref. 378B-1993).

 

“Over 8,000 sailors and marines in seven ships and a sub of the group, comprising USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), guided missile cruisers USS Fox (CG-33) and USS Princeton (CG-59), guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61), were both based out of Long Beach, California; attack submarine Pasadena (SSN-752), USS Mount Hood, combat store ship USS White Plains (AFS-4) and oiler USS Willamette (AO-180) as part of her task force, deploying for the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. Rear Adm. Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., Commander Carrier Group Three, and Capt. David M. Lee, Commander Destroyer Squadron 21, broke their flags from Abraham Lincoln. Rear Adm. Dantone, who also commanded the carrier battle group, returned to a familiar ship, as he had taken Abraham Lincoln to sea as her first commanding officer. Also embarked in Abraham Lincoln was the staff of Destroyer Squadron TWO ONE (DESRON 21), commanded by Captain David M. Lee. To summarize the other ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, The cruiser USS Fox (CG-33) was based out of San Diego. USS Willamette (AO-180), was based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-29), was homeported in Concord, California; the combat stores ship USS White Plains (AFS-4) was based in Guam; and the attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN-752) was homeported in San Diego. The F/A-18A Hornets of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)-314 also embarked on board. In addition, the ship carried AIM-120A Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for the first time during a deployment” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1993).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California 11 April 1995, embarking CVW-11 operating out of her assigned home base in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington to NAS North Island in Southern California and Rear Adm. Robert M. Nutwell, Commander Carrier Group 3, broke his flag from the carrier on this cruise, with Captain Richard J. Nibe as the Commanding Officer, on her third “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, UNION 95-2, an anti-submarine warfare exercise , during the "WestPac" transit against a Tactical Air Launched Decoy, achieving perfect skin-to-skin kill from 17 to 20 April 1995, on her third Indian Ocean deployment, on her third Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment in support of her 2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, Operation Vigilant Sentinel / Operation Vigilant Warrior in response to Hussein testing U.S. resolve by moving another significant military force close to his country's border with Kuwait, Marines from Abraham Lincoln practiced Visit, Board, Search and Seizure procedures with two HH-60Hs from HS-6 onto fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 12 May 1995 and participated in exercise Beacon Flash and Inspired Alert, an exercise with the Pakistanis and exercise Nautical Artist with the Saudis, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. She will under go her fourth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-1995).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (3rd Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.)

3rd WestPac 3rd IO

2nd OSW

OVW

CVW-11

NH

11 Apr 1995

9 Oct 1995

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

4th FWFD

182-days

UNION 95-2, an anti-submarine warfare exercise , during the "WestPac" transit against a Tactical Air Launched Decoy, achieving perfect skin-to-skin kill from 17 to 20 April 1995, 2nd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, Operation Vigilant Sentinel / Operation Vigilant Warrior in response to Hussein testing U.S. resolve by moving another significant military force close to his country's border with Kuwait, Marines from Abraham Lincoln practiced Visit, Board, Search and Seizure procedures with two HH-60Hs from HS-6 onto fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 12 May 1995 and participated in exercise Beacon Flash and Inspired Alert, an exercise with the Pakistanis and exercise Nautical Artist with the Saudis.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NH100

F-14A

VFA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-94

Mighty Shrikes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NH400

FA-18C (N)

VA-95 (*1)

Green Lizards -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -   Jet Attack Bomber

NH500

A-6E

VAW-117

Wallbangers -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-6

Indians - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VAQ-135

Black Ravens -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -     Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-29

Dragonfires - Sea

Control Squadron

Lockheed -Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VQ-5 Det. B

Sea Shadows - Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron

Lockheed -Viking -  Special electronic installation

720

ES-3A

VRC-30 Det. 3

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

xx

C-2A

(*1) disestablished on Nov.18, 1995

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Battle Group is commanded by Rear Adm. Robert M. Nutwell, Commander Carrier Group 3, DESRON 21, CAPT C. I. Lundquist, the staff of Destroyer Squadron TWO ONE (DESRON 21), commanded by Captain Carl Lundquist. Ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group participating in workups and the deployment included USS Princeton (CG-59), USS Sacranmento (AOE-1), USS Merrill (DD-976), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS New York City (SSN-696) and USS Pasadena (SSN-752). Battlegroup ships based in San Diego, Ca. included: Princeton, a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser with the AEGIS weapons system, commanded by CAPT Dallas Wilfong; John Paul Jones, a guided missile destroyer, commanded by CDR Peter Opsal; the destroyer Merril, commanded by CDR Richard Arnold; and attack submarine Pasadena, commanded by CDR Steve Connors. Replenishment ship Sacranmento, commanded by CAPT Steve Hinson, was based in Bremerton, Wa., and attack submarine New York City, commanded by CDR Greg Vaughn, was based in Pearl Harbor, Hi. The 80 aircraft of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CW-11), commanded by CAPT Dennis Gillespie and based at Naval Air Station Miramar, Ca., embarked aboard Abraham Lincoln during at sea periods, conducting workups in preparation for the six-month deployment in April. The eight aircraft squadrons and two detachments from air stations all over the West Coast included: Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE FIVE (VAQ 135), flying the Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" from their home base of NAS Whidbey Island, WA; Attack Squadron NINE FIVE (VA 95), flying the Grumman A-6E "Intruder" aircraft, also from Whidbey Island; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SIX (HS 6), flying the Sikorsky SH- 60F and HH-6OH "Seahawk" helicopter from NAS North Island, San Diego, CA; Sea Control Squadron TWO NINE (VS 29), flying the Lockheed S-3B "Viking" aircraft, also from NAS North Island; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SEVEN (VAW 117), flying the Grumman E-2C Plus "Hawkeye" on their base at NAS Miramar, San Diego, Ca; also from NAS Miramar, Fighter Squadron TWO ONE THREE (VF 213), flying the Grumman F- 14A "Tomcat" Strike Fighter Squadron TWO TWO (VFA 22) and Strike FIGHTER SQUADRON NINE FOUR (VFA 94), flying the McDonnell Douglas FA- 18C "Hornet" aircraft, out of NAS Lemoore, CA. The two detachments, both based at NAS North Island, include (VRC 30), flying the Grumman C-2A"Greyhound"and Electronic Surveillance Squadron FIVE (VQ-5), flying Lockheed1s ES-3A” (Ref. 84A & 378B-1995).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Everett, Washington 11 June 1998, embarking, COMCKUDESGRU THREE , RADM Kevin Green and CVW-14 at San Diego, California, with Captain James J. Quinn as the Commanding Officer, on her fourth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fourth Indian Ocean deployment, on her fourth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment, becoming the first carrier to avoid targeting by subsurface units during the transit Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise conducted in the Hawaiian operational area, assuming as air warfare commander in the Gulf to support the redeployment of battle group sailors and marines to accomplish the tasking for Arabian Gulf RADC/AADC in support of 3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, followed by Beacon Flash 98-2, including the opening phases while still in port at Jebel Ali, UAE, followed by Tactical Evolution Exercise 98, Exercise Red Reef 98 and Operational Reactor Safe Guards Exam, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. This became the first deployment where the ship embarked an aviation optometrist for the entire cruise, who provided 1,200 eye exams as well as treatment to ship’s company. Abraham Lincoln also embarked en enhanced mobile explosive ordnance disposal detachment. She will under go her fifth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377 & 378A & 378B-1998).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (4th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.)

4th WestP;ac 4th IO

3rd OSW

CVW-14

NK

11 Jun 1998

11 Dec 1998

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

5th FWFD

184-days

The first carrier to avoid targeting by subsurface units during the transit Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise conducted in the Hawaiian operational area, assuming as air warfare commander in the Gulf to support the redeployment of battle group sailors and marines to accomplish the tasking for Arabian Gulf RADC/AADC in support of 3rd Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, followed by Beacon Flash 98-2, including the opening phases while still in port at Jebel Ali, UAE, followed by Tactical Evolution Exercise 98, Exercise Red Reef 98 and Operational Reactor Safe Guards Exam from 22 to 25 November 1998, receiving an overall grade of Average with one Excellent grade for cleanliness and preservation.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-31

Tomcatters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NK100

F-14D

VFA-115

Eagles - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK200

FA-18C

VFA-113

Stingers - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK400

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-139

Cougars -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620-500

EA-6B

 VAW-113

Black Eagles -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-4

Black Knights - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VS-35

Blue Wolves - Sea

Control Squadron

Lockheed - Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VQ-5 Det. B

Sea Shadows - Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron

Lockheed - Viking -  Special electronic installation

720

ES-3A

VRC-30 Det. 1

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

24, 34

C-2A

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM Putnam; Carrier Air Wing 14, CAPT Kilcline, CAG; EOD Detachment; DESRON TWENTY ONE, CAPT Stavridis; the guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67) and USS Valley Forge (CG-50); guided-missile frigate USS Elliot (DD-967); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG-33); and replenishment ship; HCMS Ottawa (FFH-341); and attack submarines USS Jefferson City (SSN-759) and USS Columbia (SSN-771)” (Ref. 84A).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-14 and COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM Philip Balisle embarked departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 15 May 2000, with Captain Douglas K. Dupouy as the Commanding Officer, to conduct a Multinational Exercise RIMPAC 2000 and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise) near the Hawaii Is. She will under go her sixth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377 & 378A).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) -Pacific Fleet & 7th

1st EastPac

CVW-14

NK

15 May 2000

1 July 2000

Training

Eastern Pacific

6th FWFD

48-days

Multinational Exercise RIMPAC 2000 and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise) near the Hawaii Is.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-31

Tomcatters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NK100

F-14D

VFA-115

Eagles - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK200

FA-18C

VFA-113

Stingers - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK400

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-139

Cougars - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NK500

EA-6B

VAW-113

Black Eagles -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-4

Black Knights - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VS-35

Blue Wolves - Sea

Control Squadron

Lockheed -Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VRC-30 Det. 1

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

xx

C-2A

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group is comprised of Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile frigate USS Jpaul Hamilton (DD-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2) and attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN-770) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 was assigned in 2000” (Ref. 377 & 681E).

 

 

The ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group steam alongside one another for a Battle Group photo during RIMPAC 2000. Ships involved are USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), USS Tucson (SSN-770), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Fletcher (DD-992), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and USS Camden (AOE-2). U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Gabriel Wilson (photo # 000618-N-0147W-001). USN. NS027239.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027239.jpg

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-14 and COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM Philip Balisle embarked departed Everett, Washington 17 August 2000, with Captain Douglas K. Dupouy as the Commanding Officer, on her fifth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her fourth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment in support of her 4thOperation Southern Watch (OSW), enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 2nd Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. She will under go her seventh Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-2001).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-14 and COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM Philip Balisle embarked departed Everett, Washington 17 August 2000, with Captain Douglas K. Dupouy as the Commanding Officer, on her fifth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her fourth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment in support of her 4thOperation Southern Watch (OSW), enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 2nd Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. She will under go her seventh Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-2001).

 

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (5th Arabian / Persian Gulf dep.)

5th Westpac 5th IO

4th OSW

CVW-14

NK

17 Aug 2000

12 Feb 2001

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone

Persian Gulf

7th FWFD

180-days

4thOperation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq and 2nd Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in support of the United Nations and coalition efforts to enforce United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions imposed against the Iraqis following their invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-31

Tomcatters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NK100

F-14D

VFA-115

Eagles - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK200

FA-18C

VFA-113

Stingers -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK400

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-139

Cougars -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NK500

EA-6B

VAW-113

Black Eagles -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-4

Black Knights - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VS-35

Blue Wolves - Sea

Control Squadron

Lockheed -Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VRC-30 Det. 1

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

xx

C-2A

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group THREE (COMCRUDESGRU THREE), Commander Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, RDML Philip M. Balisle; Commander, Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN, CAPT Richard L. Thayer; and Commodore, Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE; CAPT Mark H. Buzby consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile frigate USS Paul Hamilton (DD-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2) and attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN-770) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 was assigned in 2000” (Ref. 378A).

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with COMCRUDESGRU THREE, RADM John Kelly embarked departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 24 July 2002, embarking CVW-14 at San Diego, California, with Captain Douglas K. Dupouy as the Commanding Officer, on her sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her 1st North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 1st 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 fifth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment) in support of her of 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet in July 1995 reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. Abraham Lincoln deployed with the Naval Fires Network, a network-centric warfare system designed to provide real time intelligence correlation, sensor control, target generation, mission planning and battle damage assessment capabilities. In addition, the system allowed ships in the battle group to hit ‘time critical targets’ (for example, terrorists attempting to escape), and share real time targeting and intelligence data with each other. Previous battles against the Iraqis and Serbs had underscored the need to hit what analysts also referred to as ‘rapidly relocatable targets.’ The carrier and Mobile Bay deployed with the MOBI system, and during the cruise Shiloh used the Area Air Defense Control system. Maintenance prior to deployment, installation: Replaced the AN/SPS-64 surface search radar with AN/SPS-73 and Furono repeater system from 14 February to 20 July 2002. In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance. She will under go her eighth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & 378B-2002).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (6th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep.) (1st North Arabian Sea dep.))

6th WestPac 6th IO

5th OSW

1st OEF

 

CVW-14

NK

24 July 2002

6 May 2003

Western Pacific

Middle East

Iraq no Fly Zone, 2nd Iraq & Afghanistan War

Persian Gulf

8th FWFD

287-days

1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-31

Tomcatters -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -    Jet Fighter

NK100

F-14D

VFA-115

Eagles - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK200

FA-18E

VFA-113

Stingers - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK300

FA-18C (N)

VFA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NK400

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-139

Cougars - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NK500

EA-6B

VAW-113

Black Eagles - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-4

Black Knights - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

VS-35

Blue Wolves - Sea

Control Squadron

Lockheed - Viking -

Anti-Submarine

700

S-3B

VRC-30 Det. 1

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

30, 31

C-2A

 “In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance”” (Ref. 378A).

F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

“A number of vessels joined USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group comprised of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group THREE (COMCRUDESGRU THREE), Commander Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, RADM John Kelly, Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 and Destroyer Squadron 31 consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and USS Ruben James (FFG-57); replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2); and attack submarines USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 and USCG Law Enforcement Det. 106 was assigned in 2002” (Ref. 377, 378A & 681E).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. William Crowder, Carrier Strike Group and Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) embarked departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 15 October 2004, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, with Captain Kendall L. Card as the Commanding Officer, on her seventh “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, on her seventh Indian Ocean deployment in support of PASSEX and what would turn out to be Operation Unified Assistance in support of Tsunami Relief Efforts due to the tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia, extending operations in the the Java Sea via the South China Sea, Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean. She will under go her ninth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377 & 378A).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) Pacific Fleet & 7th

7th WestPac

PASSEX

SCS

Java Sea

OUA

Andaman Sea

7th IO

CVW-2

NE

18 Oct 2004

4 Mar 2005

Western Pacific

9th FWFD

138-days

PASSEX and Operation Unified Assistance in support of Tsunami Relief Efforts due to the tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-2

Bounty Hunters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter - Trainer

NE100

FA-18F

VFA-137

Kestrels - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE200

FA-18E

VFA-151

Vigilantes - Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE300

 

FA-18C (N)

VFA-82

Marauders – Strike

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE400

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-131

Lancers - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NE500

EA-6B

VAW-116

Sun Kings –

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C 2000

HS-2

Golden Falcons - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

HSL-47 Det.

Saberhawks - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light)

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine

700

SH-60B

VRC-30 Det. 2

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

20, 35

C-2A

VRC-30 Det. 2

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

Grumman - Greyhound

20, 35

C-2A

F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2C Hawkeye, SH-60 Seahawk and C-2A Greyhound

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) CSG consists of the guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG-65), both homeported in San Diego. Other ships include Everett, Wash.-based destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86); and Bremerton, Wash.-based fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) surge deployed as part of the FRP; and attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN-724). Rear Adm. William Crowder, Carrier Strike Group Nine and Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) broke his flag from the carrier, in conjunction with Capt. Jon W. Kaufman, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 9, and Capt. Craig Geron, who led CVW-2 on 18 October 2004(Ref. 76, 377, 378A & 681E).


Abraham Lincoln is the flagship for Rear Adm. William Crowder, Carrier Strike Group Nine, commander, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Abraham Lincoln is also home to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 9, commanded by Capt. Jon W. Kaufman, and Commander, Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2, commanded by Capt. Lawrence D. Burt., reliving Capt. Craig Geron, who led CVW-2 on 18 October 2004 during the deployment, while Capt. Kendall L. Card, of Fort Stockton, Texas, commands Abraham Lincoln at the center of the strike group” (Ref. Story Number: NNS050126-03 - Release Date: 1/26/2005 7:12:00 AM - By Journalist 3rd Class Michael Hart, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Off the coast of Sumatra (NNS), Story Number: NNS050118-10 - Release Date: 1/18/2005 10:17:00 PM - By Chief Journalist (SW) Douglas H. Stutz, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, OFF THE COAST OF SUMATRA (NNS), Story Number: NNS050129-03 - Release Date: 1/30/2005 11:09:00 PM - By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Joaquin Juatai, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS) & Story Number: NNS050118-10 - Release Date: 1/18/2005 10:17:00 PM - By Chief Journalist (SW) Douglas H. Stutz, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, OFF THE COAST OF SUMATRA (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=16642

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=16741

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=16644

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=16642

 

Lincoln Strike Group Underway

 

“During a cool day beneath gray and leaden skies, Rear Adm. John W. Goodwin, Commander Carrier Strike Group 9, broke his flag in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed from Naval Station, Everett, Washington 27 February 2006, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, with Captain. C. Andrew McCawley, as Commanding Officer, on her eighth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, extending operations into the Sea of Japan, Gulf of Thailand, East, South China Sea and Java Sea, joining Orions from Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, VP-4, VP-9 and VP-47, for USWEX 08-3, an antisubmarine exercise in Hawaiian waters from 25 to 27 March 2006, with the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), and the guide-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Russell (DDG-59) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), joined (at various times) attack submarines Cheyenne, Greeneville (SSN-772), Pasadena, Seawolf (SSN-21) and Tucson (SSN-770). Additional exercises and operations during this deployment will include Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration and Foal Eagle 2006 (RSOI/FE 06), designed to demonstrate U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea (ROK) while improving overall readiness, developing its partnerships with nations in the region to enhance security,” said Capt. C. A. McCawley, Abraham Lincoln’s Commanding Officer, followed by Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Thai Navy and will host the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, as well as many Thai distinguished visitors aboard during the brief underway period between the Hong Kong and Thailand port visits, followed by PASSEX and training exercises with the Japanese Maritime Defense Force in the Sea of Japan and Western Pacific.  Exercise "Valiant Shield 2006," formerly known as JASEX followed and is one of the largest annual exercises in the Western Pacific, involving about 30 ships, 280 aircraft, and 22,000 airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines working together to enhance joint combat skills and interoperability, while the air component of the exercise was orchestrated from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, as TSgt Chris Vadnais reports. and participating in several weeks of training and exercises as part of RIMPAC 2006 in the Hawaiian Operating Area, a multinational exercise including the navies of Chile, Peru, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and South Korea. The month-long exercise was designed to continue the close relationships between U.S. forces and those of the participating nations. This deployment will be the first WestPac since Lincoln's historic cruise in 2004, when Lincoln and CVW-2 Sailors responded to the Southeast Asian tsunami disaster that occurred Dec. 26, 2004. After Operation Unified Assistance (OUA), Lincoln returned and has since been conducting readiness training in accordance to the Fleet Response Plan (FRP)., Lincoln’s crew of approximately 3,300 Sailors will apply the lessons learned in the past to missions of the future. Lincoln’s Commanding Officer, Capt. C.A. McCawley, urged Lincoln Sailors to use the training they’ve acquired and apply it in the forthcoming months. “As we depart Everett, it is imperative that USS Abraham Lincoln look toward excelling at whatever lies ahead, wherever we may go,” said McCawley as he addressed the crew Monday morning. “From the reactor spaces to the signal bridge, I am confident that the hard-working professionals aboard Abraham Lincoln will exceed expectations, just as you have in the past.” After transiting South, Lincoln is expected to pick up the 2,000-plus personnel of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, along with various aircraft and equipment before steaming West. McCawley reminded Abe’s crew that the relationship and coordination between the ship and CVW-2 are what makes the two units such a cohesive team. “The air wing is the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group’s main power of projection,” McCawley said. “Together, we will continue to focus and be deliberate in our actions.” This deployment will be the first “WestPac” since Lincoln’s historic cruise in 2004, when Lincoln and CVW-2 Sailors responded to the Southeast Asian tsunami disaster that occurred Dec. 26, 2004. After Operation Unified Assistance, Lincoln returned and has since been conducting readiness training in accordance to the Fleet Response Plan. Abraham Lincoln is home to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Commander, Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, who said the 2006 deployment affords the strike group the opportunity to work with many coalition partners. “The strike group will be training with coalition partners to improve our ability to operate with naval forces from many nations,” Goodwin said. “The United States is committed to its alliances and will be working to develop partnerships with nations in the region to enhance security.” The ships wll pass through Philippine waters via the Balabac Strait, between the Philippine island of Palawan and Sabah, Borneo, crossed the Sulu Sea and transited the Surigao Strait between the islands of Mindanao and Samar. What the future holds for this deployment remains unknown, but the Sailors that comprise the Abe/CVW-2 team will rely on the knowledge gained while performing at sea. She will under go her 10th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A & Story Number: NNS060305-02 - Release Date: 3/5/2006 9:34:00 AM - By Journalist 2nd Class Michael Cook, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=22561

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72)Pacific Fleet & 7th (Guam operating area)

8th WestPac

RSOI/FE 06

Sea of Japan

PASSEX

Gulf of Thailand

CVW-2

NE

27 Feb 2006

8 Aug 2006

Western Pacific

10th FWFD

163-days

Joining Orions from Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, VP-4, VP-9 and VP-47, for USWEX 08-3, an antisubmarine exercise in Hawaiian waters from 25 to 27 March 2006, with the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), and the guide-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Russell (DDG-59) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), joined (at various times) attack submarines Cheyenne, Greeneville (SSN-772), Pasadena, Seawolf (SSN-21) and Tucson (SSN-770). Additional exercises and operations during this deployment will include Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration and Foal Eagle 2006 (RSOI/FE 06), designed to demonstrate U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea (ROK) while improving overall readiness, developing its partnerships with nations in the region to enhance security,” said Capt. C. A. McCawley, Abraham Lincoln’s Commanding Officer, followed by Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Thai Navy and will host the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, as well as many Thai distinguished visitors aboard during the brief underway period between the Hong Kong and Thailand port visits, followed by PASSEX and training exercises with the Japanese Maritime Defense Force in the Sea of Japan and Western Pacific.  Exercise "Valiant Shield 2006," formerly known as JASEX followed and is one of the largest annual exercises in the Western Pacific, involving about 30 ships, 280 aircraft, and 22,000 airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines working together to enhance joint combat skills and interoperability, while the air component of the exercise was orchestrated from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, as TSgt Chris Vadnais reports. and participating in several weeks of training and exercises as part of RIMPAC 2006 in the Hawaiian Operating Area, a multinational exercise including the navies of Chile, Peru, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and South Korea. The month-long exercise was designed to continue the close relationships between U.S. forces and those of the participating nations.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-2

Bounty Hunters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter - Trainer

NE100

FA-18F

VFA-137

Kestrels -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE200

FA-18E

VFA-151

Vigilantes -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE300

 

FA-18C (N)

VFA-34

Blue Blasters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE400

 

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-131

Lancers -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NE500

EA-6B

VAW-116

Sun Kings -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics

600

E-2C

HS-2

Golden Falcons - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

HSL-47 Det.

Saberhawks - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light)

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine

700

SH-60B

VRC-30 Det. 2

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

20, 35

C-2A

Will support approximately 80 aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, the E-2C Hawkeye  airborne early warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the S-3B Viking anti-submarine aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, and the multi-role SH-60F and MH-60 R/ S helicopters.

 

“Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) “Bounty Hunters, ” F/A-18E Hornets of  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes,” FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 “Blue Blasters,” EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, “Lancers,” E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116, the “Sun Kings,” Commander and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det. TWO or VRC-30 Det. 2, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 2 “Golden Falcons” and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 “Saberhawks” and the Sailors of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 11, Detachment 9, showcased their special operations abilities, stealthily approaching Lincoln in an SH-60B Seahawk” (Ref. 76).

 

“The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group includes the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Rear Admiral J. W. Goodwin, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Carrier Air Wing TWO and Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE, which directs Squadron Ships for the conduct of sustained naval operations and serves as Sea Combat Commander within its assigned Carrier Strike Group to include the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), and the guide-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG-59) and USS Shoup (DDG-86). Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and helicopters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 2 and the Sailors of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 11, Detachment 9, showcased their special operations abilities, stealthily approaching Lincoln in an SH-60B Seahawk)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS060327-06 - Release Date: 3/27/2006 3:45:00 PM - By Journalist 1st Class Joaquin Juatai, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=22873

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 embarked departed Naval Station, Everett, Washington 13 March 2008, with Captain Patrick D. Hall as the Commanding Officer, embarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, on her ninth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, on her ninth Indian Ocean deployment during which time ships and aircraft from Carrier Strike Group 9 and the Republic of Singapore Navy will conduct a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) while underway near Singapore, her 1st Gulf of Oman deployment in support of Exercise Khunjar Haad, consisting of air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency, a four-day multinational exercise, on her seventh Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment), where she will relieved USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) operating in the Persian Gulf in support of her 2nd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea and her 1st 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 second North Arabian Sea in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, operating under operational control of the US Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain in July 1995, moving ashore in Bahrain in 1993, while their former head quarters, USS LA SALLE departed for overhaul and reassignment, and the 5th Fleet, reactivated with operational control of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Arabian Sea, while U.S. Naval Forces Central Command operational control extends to the Indian Ocean following the war with Iraq (Operation Desert Storm), with the Commander, 7th Fleet, serving as naval component commander for Central Command, with the beginning of Operation Southern Watch commencing 26 August 1992 (when President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States and its allies had informed Iraq that in 24 hours Allied aircraft would fly surveillance missions in southern Iraq and were prepared to shoot down any Iraqi aircraft flying south of the 32nd parallel, while President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated at 9 p.m. EST 27 February 1992, flight operations ending at midnight), with Operation Desert Storm commencing in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 until 27 February 1992, when President George Bush declared Kuwait had been liberated and Operation Desert Storm would end at midnight) and Operation Desert Shield commencing 2 August 1990 (Iraqi occupation of Kuwait). Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 25 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Suez Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Straits of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. She will under go her 11th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377 & 378A).

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Abraham Lincoln       (CVN-72) - Pacific Fleet, 7th, 5th & Central Command       (7th Arabian

/ Persian Gulf dep. with two cruises to the Persian Gulf)

(2nd North Arabian Sea))

9th WestPac  9h IO

2nd OIF

1st MSO

2nd OEF

CVW-2

NE

13 Mar 2008

12 Oct 2008

Western Pacific

Middle East

2nd Iraq, Afghanistan War & Maritime Security Operations

Persian Gulf

11th FWFD

214-days

Passing Exercise (PASSEX) while underway near Singapore with the Republic of Singapore Navy, Exercise Khunjar Haad, consisting of air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency, a four-day multinational exercise, 2nd Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein continues, beginning on 20 March 2003 with the firing of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, her 1st 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 second North Arabian Sea in support of her 2nd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VFA-2

Bounty Hunters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter - Trainer

NE100

FA-18F

VFA-137

Kestrels -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE200

FA-18E

VFA-151

Vigilantes -

trike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE300

 

FA-18C (N)

VFA-34

Blue Blasters -

Strike Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Hornet -

Jet Strike Fighter

NE400

 

FA-18C (N)

VAQ-131

Lancers -

Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Prowler -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

NE500

EA-6B

VAW-116

Sun Kings -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye - Electronics McDonnell-Douglas -

600

E-2C

HS-2

Golden Falcons - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine -      Search and Rescue

610

SH-60F / HH-60H

HSL-47 Det.

Saberhawks - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light)

Sikorsky - Seahawk -Anti-submarine

700

SH-60B

VRC-30 Det. 2

Providers - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

 

Grumman - Greyhound

20, 35

C-2A

Will support approximately 80 aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, the E-2C Hawkeye  airborne early warning aircraft, the C-2 Greyhound logistics aircraft, the S-3B Viking anti-submarine aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, and the multi-role SH-60F and MH-60 R/ S helicopters.

 

“Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aircraft consist of, Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2) “Bounty Hunters, ” F/A-18E Hornets of  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels," FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes,” FA-18C (N) Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 “Blue Blasters,” EA-6B Prowler of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE or VAQ-131, “Lancers,” E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX or VAW-116 and C-2 Greyhound of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO Det TWO or VRC-30 Det. 2, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 2 “Golden Falcons” and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 “Saberhawks” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike Group includes the Abraham Lincoln, Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall, Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, relieved by Rear Adm. Scott Swift on 9 October  2008. Carrier Air Wing TWO,  Capt. John Aquilino and Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE, Captain James T. Loeblein directs Squadron Ships for the conduct of sustained naval operations and serves as Sea Combat Commander within its assigned Carrier Strike Group to include: USS Curts (FFG-38), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Ingraham (FFG-61), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Ford (FFG-54), USS Momsen (DDG-92), USS Rodney M. Davis and USS Russell (DDG-59)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS081010-14 - Release Date: 10/10/2008 12:17:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Ahron Arendes, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=40257

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at sea periods, Carrier Air Wing at sea periods and Deployments with Air Wing embarked

(25 September 1990 to 7 August 2012)

Chapter XXXIV

 Volume I to III

Part I of II - 25 September 1990 to 12 October 2008

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

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(24 April 1980)

 

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

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

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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