USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Contract to Commissioning

27 December 1982 to 11 November 1989

Chapter I

 

 

“The Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) contract to build her was awarded on 27 December 1982. The ship was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The ballistic missile submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602) was in service 1961-81 and is the fifth Nimitz-class supercarrier” (Ref. 72 & 377).

 

The history of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the U. S. Of America is located in Chapter I, Appendix I.

 

“The Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the sixth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers” (Ref. 72 & 377).

 

“The Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Precomissioning Unit was officially established 2 October 1987, by the submission of the inaugural diary by naval message 0217102 OCT 87 to EPMAC New Orleans, La. Three officers and 57 enlisted personnel were assigned on this date. Cmdr. David P. Keller, SC, USN was designated Officer in Charge.

 

“Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., USN, the first designated Commanding Officer, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) reported aboard on 14 December 1987 along with the Executive Officer, Cmdr. Stanley W. Bryant, USN” (Ref. 329A & 378B-1988).

 

“After the 1987 Christmas/New Year's standdown, the personnel office started to receive many requests for reenlistment under the "STAR" Program. Twelve personnel were reenlisted at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D. C. by Capt. J.J. Dantone” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) JANUARY, 1 1988 REPORT

 

Mission. To support and operate naval aircraft at sea, maintain open sea lanes for maritime traffic, project naval power at sea and ashore, and provide a formidable strike option in response to national tasking. Abraham Lincoln also serves as a flagship command and control platform, able to direct and support full battle group and joint operations. Wherever it goes, the ship serves as a symbol of U.S. resolve, acting both as an ambassador and as a sea-based deterrent to threats to our national interest.

 

“As of 1 January 1988, the Reactor Department had 147 men assigned. All personnel worked in Building 608, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News Va. All personnel were busy qualifying on Lincoln’s propulsion plants. The mission of the Air Department is to conduct aircraft handling, launch and recovery operations (including VFR control of airborne aircraft) and to provide services and facilities for the maintenance and fueling of aircraft. All this effort allows embarked squadrons and detachments to effectively conduct air operations in the application of their military potential. Of equal importante is the damage control role of aircraft crash/fire fighting on the hangar and flight decks. Air Department manning on 1 January 1988 consisted of six enlisted personnel. The acting Air Officer was ABCM Ronald L. Carter.

 

The mission of the Operations Department is to collect, evaluate, amplify, and disseminate combat and operational information which is required for the assigned tasks of the ship and designated aircraft. To that end the Operations team also provides air intelligence, meteorological and photographic services. The tasks of the Operations Department include the planning, scheduling, and coordination of the ship and her assigned aircraft. On 1 January 1988, five men were assigned to the Operations Department. At that time, Lt. John M. Lillard was the acting Operations Officer. Cmdr. Charles K. Crandall reported aboard in April and assumed his duties as Operations Officer” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) mission is to enhance and sustain the combat readiness and mission capability of supported aircraft by providing quality and timely repairable material support at the most proximate location with the lowest practical resource expenditure. In January future AIMD representatives attended the Consolidated Air Mix Site” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The mission of the Communications Department is to provide and maintain reliable, secure and rapid radio communications to serve operational command and control needs. The primary concern is to serve operations, while the secondary is to facilitate administration. Communications provided must be based on wartime requirements adequate to meet Lincoln’s requirements and satisfy designated (JCS approved, Joint) requirements.

 

The Comunications Department was providing message service for Lincoln at the beginning of 1988, even though the department was not established or an officer assigned.

 

The mission of the Combat Systems Department is to maintain all installed electronic systems including surveillance systems/sensors, command and control systems, electronic aids to navigation, the Ship Navigation Aircraft and Inertial Alignment System, Automatic Carrier Landing System/Instrument Landing System, Electronic Warfare Systems and defensive weapons systems, performance of installed systems must meet manufacturer installation standards, assuring maximum operational readiness at all times. Tasking consists primarily of the preparation and utilization of preventive and corrective maintenance programs resulting in the proper repair and upkeep of all electronic and combat systems equipments and, secondarily, the maintenance of appropriate electronic records as well as the accurate and timely submission of all required reports. The Combat Systems Officer is Lt. Cmdr. Frank R. Severance.

 

The mission of the Navigation Department on board Lincoln is to provide for the safe and efficient navigation and piloting of the ship. Somewhat unique to Lincoln’s Navigation department is the inclusion of signalmen to the generally all-quartermaster work force. As such, the tasks of the department include the continual and accurate plottl.ng of the ship's course and position, recommending courses to be steered, visually communicating with ships in company, and the procurement and maintenance of hydrographic and navigational charts, sailing directions, light lists, signal flags and pennants, and other publications and equipment/devices as may be required for navigation.

 

The mission of the Weapons Department is to requisition, receive, store, break out, assemble, disassemble and account for all ammunition in support of the embarked airwing, embarked Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and the ship's defense. The department is also responsible for the physical security and safe handling of all ammunition.

 

During January, the Stock Control Division (S-1) of the Supply Department established the Automated Data Processing Steering Committee (ADPSC).

 

The Food Service Division (S-2) of the Supply Department made general mess stand-up preparations, and cleaning preservation and sanitation of Huntington Hall Food Service spaces began. All equipment was made operational and requests for the procurement of supplies and provisions were submitted. Quotas were obtained for required Mess Management Specialist personnel training and an accelerated arrival schedule was promulgated.

 

The Medical Department began the new year with HMCS William A. Saltzgiver as the acting Medical Officer. Two other enlisted personnel joined him to form the Medical Department. The Lincoln Radiation Health Program was started with receipt audits and dose transmittals on approximately 250 records in support of early manning of Reactor Department personnel. Medical surveillance began using a DBase computer program for med-xal records to monitor physicals, immunizations, hearing conservation, and blood type, among other things.

 

The primary mission of the Security Division is the maintenance of an environment in which the command can accomplish its mission. Essential to this environment is the protection of operational resources against loss, damage or theft. This task is accomplished through rigorous enforcement of regulations, and the investigations of offenses and incidents. Protection also includes the safety and security of Lincoln personnel and property.

 

“Only BMC Charles L. Blaydes Jr. was assigned to Deck Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in January 1988. He was in the process of setting up Deck Department's main office and was also in charge of Transportation Division. When February arrived, Chief Blaydes was joined by BMCM Allan W. Patterson and BM1 Henry L. Gibbs” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“On 4 January 1988, Cmdr. Richard L. Stuntz reported for duty as the Chief Engineer Officer, Engineering Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) “ (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Activation Plan (CAMSAP)-I meeting was held in Virginia Beach, Va. from 20 to 22 January 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“On 28 January 1988, the proposed shift of personnel, spaces and equipment from Engineering Department to Reactor Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was forwarded to then-Commanding Officer, Capt. J. J. Dantone. The Proposal was based on a 31 August 1987 memo from Adm. Kinnaird R. McKee, Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsión (SEA081, concerning "Duties and Responsibilities of Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operators aboard CVN-68 Class Ships." Abraham Lincoln is to be the test case for this new reorganization. The first space was accepted from the shipyard on a Type III turnover (2-183-1-Q, Reactor QC Division Office)” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was launched on 13 February 1988, with Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr. in command; keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the sixth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, while the contract to build her was awarded on 27 December 1982. The ship was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The ballistic missile submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602) was in service 1961-81” (Ref. 72 & 377).

 

The Honorable Frank C. Carlucci, Secretary of Defense, was the principal speaker and was introduced by the Honorable James H. Webb, Jr., Secretary of the Navy. The ship was christened by the ship's sponsor, JoAnn Krukar Webb, matrons of honor Jayne Carr Thompson and Donna Krukar Wood, and maids of honor Amy L. Webb, Sarah C. Webb and Julia A. Webb. Also attending the ceremony were Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost, Chief of Naval Operations and a host of other dignitaries” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“On 6 March 1988, the Reactor Department moved aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) into permanent office spaces. The transfer of Lincoln systems from shipyard control to the custody of the ship's crew was commenced on 11 April when the Reactor Air System on number two plant was accepted for operational control. That transfer began the requirement for ship's force to be represented 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The turnover progress continued for several weeks, as the crew continued to accept systems in the number two propulsion plant” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Navigation Department was officially established on 18 March 1988. The Navigator, Cmdr. J. A. Cassidy arrived in March 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Administrative Officer, Lt. Gregory Moore, reported aboard on 25 March 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The Senior Medical Officer, of the Medical Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Cmdr. Myron D. Almond, reported on board 18 April 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The Dental Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is tasked with the responsibility of providing the highest standard of dental care for ship's company and embarked personnel (air wing, task force or battle group and staff). This responsibility includes the prevention, remedy, and control of diseases, disabilities and injuries of the teeth, jaw, and related structures which may directly or indirectly interfere with the performance of military duties. The Dental Department was officially established upon the arrival of Cmdr. Ray G. Morin on 6 May 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

Shortly after arrival of the senior medical officer, Cmdr. Myron D. Almond, the Medical Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) moved onto the barge on 10 May 1988 and set up for business. The Certified Registered Nurse/Anesthetist, Cmdr. Albert J. Norrick, arrived on board 11 May” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“On 25 May 1988, when number two plant was filled with fresh water aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), the integrated propulsion plant test program started. For the next several months the pre-core test program was executed in both plants within the Reactor Department” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

S-3 Division of the Supply Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transferred an additional $2,600.00 to the Welfare and ecreation Account from ship's store profits in May 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

During June 1988, S-3 Division of the Supply Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) implemented Retail Operations Management (ROM) automated management and reporting system. In June, Lincoln Medical Department was designated by the Naval Management Systems Support Office (NAVMASSO) to be the test site for the Snaps Automated Medical Systems (SAMS) 5.0 for large ship usage. Previously, no large ship Duch as an aircraft carrier had used this system. The testing began with the Radiation Health Program and was later expanded to include the Training, Supply and Medical Encounters (Sickcall) modules when SAMS was upgraded to version 6.0. Although the Comunications Department was providing message service for Lincoln at the beginning of 1988, it was not officially established as a department until the arrival of the Communications Officer, Lt. (j.g.1 Don. S. Budde, on 21 June 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

Cmdr. John F. Williams reported aboard in July 1988 and assumed his permanent role of Air Officer of the Air Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) was formally established as a department in July 1988. The initial organization and implementation was conducted by Lt. Cmdr. Steven B. Gibson, while he concurrently served as the Training Officer. In July, the Aviation Stores Division (S-6) of the Supply Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) began initial stand-up and ntegration with Material Division (S-8) personnel at Cheatham Annex (CAX). An -6 detachment was established at NSC Norfolk's outfitting section to assist in he validation and expediting of outfitting requirements. The Material Division S-8 of the Supply Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) formally "stood-up" in July and implemented an audit program of the NAVSEA contractor at CAX along with establishing a comprehensive tracking system of all hipments of outfitting requirements to CAX. S-8 Division personnel were ssigned to NSC Norfolk's Outfitting section to assist S 6 personnel in alidating and expediting Lincoln outfitting requirements. The first Religion Program Specialist, RPC Dennis E. Sipes, reported aboard July. The Cormnand Chaplain, Capt. J.R. Fiol, reported in July and will head the Command Religious Ministries Department once it becomes operational in August 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Notice 3541 signed on 12 July 1988 established the Engineering Department’s Fire Division. This will negate the traditional requirement for duty section FIRE parties and instead provide four sections of full-time emergency parties while underway and inport” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The first bridge watchstanders of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Navigation Department training trip occured on 15 August 1988 and took advantage of excellent equipment and instructor opportunities in Annapolis, Md.” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The move aboard for Engineering Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commenced on 22 August 1988. The lack of work center spaces necessitated a turnover agreement as well as the 3rd deck officer stateroom complex between frames 190 and 200.

 

The Communications Department CMS Account was also established on the 22nd by RMC Eric N. Hawkins” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

MMC Joseph W. Algee Jr. and MM1 Edward D. Kelly aboard the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) submitted a design change to modify the R-12 plant lube oil cooler system on 23 August 1988. The change will eliminate the "short cycling" problem that has plagued Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The proposal was accepted and the modifications were made. MM1 Kelly was subsequently awarded a Navy Achievement Medal by the Commanding Officer” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Quality Assurance Team was established in August 1988. S-1 Division of the Supply Department provided initial Legal Library Support in August. Supervisor of Shipbuilding provided an Integrated Allowance Document Type COSAL. Physical examinations of Lincoln personnel began in August. HIV testing was implemented at this time by the Medical Department. All hands were required by a Chief of Naval Operations message to be tested or retested during Fiscal Year 1988 for HIV antibodies. In August 1988, Abraham Lincoln Bos'n, CW02 Archie R. Hendricks, checked aboard. The Deck Department was starting to send people to Damage Control, Firefighting, School of the Ship, Stream Operator and 3-M Operations Administration. The Cormnand Chaplain, Capt. J.R. Fiol, reported in July and the Command Religious Ministries Department became operational in August.

 

“During September 1988, the Medical Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received the first external assist visit on 2 September 1988, from Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Atlantic Fleet on the ships' Radiation Health program. An audit was held on the existing program with a grade of outstanding received” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

Seven hundred quotas for HIV testing were obtained from the laboratory at Naval Hospital, Portsmouth for PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) personnel by the Medical Department. All eight Medical Department personnel were involved with blood drawing on 9, 14 and 16 September 1988. To minimize lost manhours, the blood drawings were done near crew working spaces on the ship, the Medical barge and at the Training Department in Bldg. L- 28 at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. There were no complications and all results were negative” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

In September 1988, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) representatives attended the Consolidated Air Mix Site Activation Plan (CAMSAP) – 11.  The Legal Department on board Lincoln was not established until the Legal Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Eldon D. Risher 111, reported on board in September. Prior to the arrival of the Department Head, the Legal Team was a division under the cognizance of the Administrative Officer and under the supervision of LNC Howard K. Kuykendoll Jr.

 

During September, S-1 Division key personnel were sent to SPCC Mechanicsburg, Pa., to review load COSAL and initiated TLRN computer service. “In September 1988, Deck Department had one more chief petty officer and petty officer first class check aboard. Transportation became its own department under AIMD. The ship was starting to be outfitted with 6800 Inherit Buoyancy Life Jackets (KAPOK) at Cheatham Annex, Va.” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Communications Department received its first compartment, assigned space (03-49-5-A), on 21 September 1988. The space became Communication's storage room, and seven more Communications spaces were accepted” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., first Commanding Officer of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), serving from 14 December 1987 to 26 September 1988, was relieved by Captain Stanley W. Bryant, the Executive Officer, on 26 September 1988, while Captain Dantone, Jr. was unexpectedly transferred to take command of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) as Commanding Officer. Upon his departure, Cmdr. Bryant was promoted to captain and assumed interim command of the ship, with Cmdr. J.A. Cassidy, the ship's navigator, assuming duties of executive officer” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1988).

 

“On 7 October 1988, the core load period was started in both plants and the shipyard started placing the nuclear fuel into the reactors of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). During November the Emergency Diesel Generators were the first systems located outside the propulsion plant to be accepted by the crew. By the end of December the Reactor Department had grown to 356 men and core load was progressing well in both plants” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

“In October 1988, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) encountered it’s first test bench to be installed, the MA-2 Generator Test Stand, placed in Avionics Shop #1 and in October, 5-2 Division of the Supply Department implemented the Food Service Management (FSM) automated Food Service Records program. S-6 Division instituted a "space validation" program to identify space assignment and material deficiencies. A minor sickcall, under the supervision of the Senlor Medical Officer, was established in October. The Medical Department began to issue pharmaceuticals in conjunction with sickcall. Influenza immunizations were administered during December 1988” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

On 10 November 1988, 30 Navy Achievement Medals were awarded. Personnel receiving this award represent the very first Navy Achievement Medals awarded by this command aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were:

 

Lieutenant's Timothy W. Bohan, John M. Lillard, Jon C. Mullen, Michael T. Sciancalepore, and Cameron A. Sen; AOCS James E. Hawkins; BMC Charles L. Blaydes, Jr., MMC Larry "D" Blaylock, 11, MMC James E. Quillen, EMC Jerry L. Savage, AKC Bryan J. Weatherbee, Petty Officers Frederick E. Andy; Douglas A. Baker, Jr., Floyd S. Bandy, John B. Barrow, Dennis M. Chiles, Stephen E. Feist, Eric J. Friedman, Edward V. Genco, Michael L. Harkins, David R. Harrigan, Joseph W. Hill, David K. Jones, Edward D. Kelly, Ralph M. Rawlinson, Mark A. Rayburn, Joseph Sangese, Mark G. Suchsland, James E. Trower and David C. Yosick” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1988).

 

In November 1988, S-1 Division of the Supply Department of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) developed PTD for SSRE copier requirements and ordered the first CVN new construction SSRE requirements valued in excess of $800,000.00. The first increment of departmental personnel of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) arrived 29 November 1988. The Annual Thanksgiving Day food basket drive in November 1988 sponsored by the Command Religious Ministries Department, procured six food baskets with turkeys and were issued to needy sailors and families assigned to the Abraham Lincoln” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

On 8 December 1988, the first shipboard service by the Command Religious Ministries Department of the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was held for the Roman Catholic Holy Day, Immaculate Conception. Cmdr. Edwin Condon, Assistant Atlantic Fleet Chaplain, conducted the service” (Ref. 378B-1988).

 

Captain Stanley W. Bryant served as the second Commanding Officer of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) until relieved by Captain William B. Hayden on 13 December 1988, reporting aboard from the Iwo Jima, an amphibious helicopter landing ship based in Norfolk, Va., while Captain Bryant reassumed the duties of Executive Officer, serving as Commanding Officer from 26 September to 13 December 1988. Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr., USN, the first designated Commanding Officer, PCU Abraham Lincoln reported aboard on 14 December 1987 along with the Executive Officer, Cmdr. Stanley W. Bryant, USN” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1988). 

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) JANUARY, 1 1989 REPORT

 

Mission. Precommissioning Unit USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was tasked with testing, evaluating and certifying the ship's systems and crew in preparation for commissioning on November 11, 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“On 1 January 1989, Precommissioning Unit Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was in Newport News, Virginia, undergoing construction at Pier 1, Newport News Shipyard and Drydock Company, Newport News, VA. The crew is working out of Building 608” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) shifted from Pier 1 to Pier 2 for final phase of construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 21 January 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

 “The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commenced barcoding of supply storeroom locations for COSAL on 30 January 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Support equipment (yellow gear) was placed in service and Tool control program was implemented in February 1988” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed barcoding of supply storeroom locations for COSAL on 24 February 1989. During February, support equipment (yellow gear) was placed in service and a tool control program was implemented” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Master at Arms Force organization functional and ready to assume full duty on 3 March 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Communications Crypto material onload completed by COMSEC Custodian on 13 March 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Catapult #2 deadload certification completed. During March, the IM4 Technical Publications Library inventoried and stood up and support equipment (yellow gear) training program initiated. - MDS implemented 14 March 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

Pre-Training, Readiness Evaluation (TRE) and Crew Certification Phase I for PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Communications Department was conducted by COMNAVAIRLANT with Satisfactory results on 4 April 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Catapult #1 deadload certification completed on 7 April 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The crew began to move on board PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 17 April 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“Initial CMS visit by NAVSECGRUDET to the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) went with satisfactory results on 21 April 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) General Mess and Ward Room Grand Opening on 24 April 1989. During April the Conventional Air Launched Weapons/Consolidated Operability Test (CALW COT) completed and on the 25th the CPO Mess Grand Opening was held” (Ref378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated ABEMART Grand Opening, the Barber Shop, Laundry and Vending Machines became operational on board on 28 April 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted crew move aboard fron 17 to 30 April 1989. The crew moved aboard the ship during the last two weeks in April. Messing facilities, Barber Shop, Laundry and Ship's Store were opened on 28 April 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Sailors raised the Ensign and Union Jack for the first time on board PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), started limited library services from Ready Room #3 and Commenced CINCLANTFLT srig Certification assist visit on 1 May 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) concluded CINCLANTFLT Brig Certification assist visit on 4 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commenced limited dental services to include annual exams, X-rays and cleanings. The Dental Department is fully operational with the exception of Prosthetics on 7 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Dental and library services began operation in early May. The Communications Department assumed communications guard via landline termination with NAVCAMS LANT Norfolk, Va. on 15 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Command Religious Ministries Department began moving aboard ship on 22 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Chaplain's office began operating aboard ship on 26 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Crewmembers held their first divine services within PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), in Ready Room No. 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 28 May 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

“MOTU-2 Norfolk completes EM1 survey of installed antennas aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 31 May 1989. Late May found the first religious services being held temporarily in a squadron ready room. During May W Division Forward SASS on line, SASSCOT completed and crew certification complete” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“IM4 Division of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) stood up in June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Physical Security Alert Response capability began aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 10 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Crew Certification Phase 2 and an Incline Test was conducted on 11 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) number two reactor first critical on 13 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Catapult number four deadload certification was completed on 16 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

“NAVELEXCEN Charleston, S.C., commenced PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) SATCOM System Verification and Testing (SOVT) on 26 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Catapult number three deadload certification was completed on 30 June 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

“In July 1989, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Technical Publications Library moved aboard ship from Cheatham Annex and AIMD Formal Support Equipment Program evaluated by NAMSU in July 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989). 

 

“The crew of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated Independence Day at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia by enabling No. 1 reactor to go critical for the first time on 4 July 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“Men loaded 291 lifts of ammunition and ordnance weighing a total of 265.55 tons on board PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 10  July 1989 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and NAVCAMS LANT Communications Assist Team arrived on the 10th” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Crew Certification Phase II was conducted by COMNAVAIRLANT with satisfactory results on 11 July 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) NAVMACS V-5 certification commences, conducted by NAVELEXCEN Charleston, S.C. on 19 July 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“A minor ammunition onload aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was conducted on 22 July 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“On 27 July 1989, about 300 gallons of coolant water from the PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) spilled into the James River while the ship is docked at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va.  A shipyard spokesman terms the amount of radioactivity released as "minuscule" (Ref. 84A).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) accomplished her initial incline test at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 30 July 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Combat Systems Trials Rehearsal (CSTR) commences on 31 July 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“in August 1989, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) IM5 Division stood up and on the 1st, full library services began in crew's library” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Combat Systems Trials Rehearsal (CSTR) concludes on 4 August 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Inspection of dental spaces by COMNAVAIRLANT commenced aboard and ship Dock Trials for PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) began on 7 August 1989 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed inspection of dental spaces by COMNAVAIRLANT. First time a dental department on an aircraft carrier passed an initial inspection with no major or minor discrepancies on 8 August 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted dock trials at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia from 7 to 12 August 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“A mini Fast Cruise and Crew Certification Phase 3 were held on 16 August 1989 in preparation for PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) first underway period at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted Mini Fast Cruise and Crew Certification Phase 3 on 17 August 1989 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted a major ammunition onload at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia. Total number of lifts including 10 & 22 on 18 August 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Men loaded 291 lifts of ammunition and ordnance weighing a total of 265.55 tons on board PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on the 10th, 22 July and 18 August 1989 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) SESS SCI accreditation approved and a visit from COMNAVAIRLANT Physical Security Equipment (PSEE) occurred on 23 August 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) got underway from Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, towed down the James River to the Atlantic, for Builder's Sea Trials on 28 August 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed initial builder’s Sea Trials, towed up the James River from the Atlantic, returning to Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 31 August 1989, conducting Sea Trials from 28 to 31 August 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) W Division received initial COSAL and Bomb Dummy Unit (BDU) onloads,  Jet Engine Test Facility successfully tested during BST and Inductions received into Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD)  production control in September 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commenced Fast Cruise in preparation for first underway period at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 3 September 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted Fast Cruise in preparation for first underway period at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia on 3 and 8 September 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) got underway from Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, towed down the James River to the Atlantic, for additional Builder's Sea Trials on 10 September 1989 in the Virginia Capes area with HS-9 embarked” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“The first aircraft to land on PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was an SH-3 from HS-9 on 11 September 1989. Approximately 2,700 crewmembers and 1,000 civilian shipyard workers embarked during the trials, which included limited air operations as three Sikorsky SH-3H Sea Kings from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS)-9, became the first helicopters to land on board. The first, piloted by Comdr. William S. Kordis, the squadron commanding officer, descended onto the flight deck with Vice Adm. John K. Ready, Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, as a passenger (11 September)” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed initial builder’s Sea Trials, towed up the James River from the Atlantic on 14 September, returning to Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, conducting additional Sea Trials from 10 to 14 September 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) WIMS (Wind Measuring Indictor System), ILARTS (Integrated Launch and Recovering System), and flight deck lighting certification complete on 27 September 1989” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) got underway from Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, towed down the James River to the Atlantic, for Acceptance Trials/Insurv on 1 October 1989 in the Virginia Capes area” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“HS-9 embarked PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for Acceptance trials underway period from 2 to 4 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) returned to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, towed up the James River from the Atlantic, conducting Acceptance Trials/Insurv from 1 to 4 October 1989 in the Virginia Capes area with HS-9 embarked from 2 to 4 October 1989. In October 1989, W Division After SASS online, certified 40mm gun mounts during acceptance trials, Ordnance Handling Safety and Assistance Team visit and Weapon’s Department 3M/DC PMS program was implemented. Weapon’s Department passes Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) FLOLS (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System), HUD (Heads Up Display) and MOVLAS (Manually Operated Visual Landing Aid System) certification complete on 13 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“CMS Assist Visit aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was conducted by NAVSECGRUDET with satisfactory results on 17 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“CINCLANTFLT Brig Certification assist visit aboard PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was conducted on 24 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“Awards and Presentation Dinner hosted by CO of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Department Heads for Shipyard Officials on 29 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989, with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Stanley W. Bryant; launched on 13 February 1988, with Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr. in command; keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the sixth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, while the contract to build her was awarded on 27 December 1982. The ship was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The ballistic missile submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602) was in service 1961-81. Fourteen U.S. Marines report for duty aboard Lincoln from the Marine Detachment on USS Coral Sea (CV-43). The Marines were transferred due to the impending decommissioning of the Coral Sea” (Ref. 72, 377, 378A & 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Security Badge and Access Control Station on line on 31 October 1989” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Pier 2 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia, transiting the James River under tow, shifting berths from Newport News to Pier 12, Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. on 1 November 1989. Fourteen marines reported on board after transferring from aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43), scheduled to decommission shortly (26 April 1990) on 30 October 1989. First brow and pier security watch set for Abraham Lincoln, while moored at Pier 12” (Ref. 378A & 378B-1989).

 

“In November 1989, PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway, anchored at Whiskey Anchorage, moored at Pier 12, Naval Station, Norfolk, Va.” (Ref. 378B-1989).

 

“About 400 crewmembers of the duty section and their guests of PCU Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a commissioning ball on board cruise boat Spirit of Norfolk on 3 November 1989. Event proceeded with no major problems” (Ref. 378A).

 

“Approximately 2,700 people attended Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commissioning ball at Virginia Beach Pavilion on 4 November 1989” (Ref. 378A).

 

 

A Newport News Shipbuilding promotional picture I picked up at Navy League show in Washington, DC back in 1989. NS027270. Daniel Treadwell. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/027270.jpg

 

“The Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), the 72nd aircraft carrier of the United States Navy by Hull No. and in order of commission, the 60th, commissioning on 11 November 1989; delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989, with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Stanley W. Bryant; launched on 13 February 1988, with Captain Joseph J. Dantone, Jr. in command; keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, Virginia and is the sixth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered supercarriers, while the contract to build her was awarded on 27 December 1982. The ship was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The ballistic missile submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602) was in service 1961-81” (Ref. 72 & 377).

 

“Distinguished guests among the crowd, estimated at 18,000 people, included Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett, III, Adm. Carlisle H. Trost, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Vice Adm. Ready, Governor James R. Thompson of Illinois, and Edward J. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. JoAnn K. Webb, wife of former Secretary of the Navy James H. Webb, Jr., sponsored the ship. “The mention of Abraham Lincoln evokes images of freedom in every American, and every citizen of the world who has tasted the sweet fruit of liberty,” Adm. Trost said. “The name Lincoln also evokes powerful images of strength and national resolve. This ship honors a man who led our country through its most bitter and divisive period.” The admiral entitled his remarks as a request to the ship and her crew to “Bring us victories.” Secretary Cheney addressed the crowd with additional sentiments: “Of course, [Abraham] Lincoln’s hope that the unalienable rights of the Declaration [of Independence] would some day be enjoyed in all nations means we first have to defend ourselves. But it also means more than that. Our global presence, the kind of presence that will be clearly demonstrated by this new carrier, is required if our obligation to the promise of universal natural rights is to be taken seriously.”

 

Aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-41 and VF-84, Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-15, VFA-87, Attack Squadron VA-36 and VA-65, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)-124 and Air Antisubmarine Squadron VS-24 flew over the ship in a formation at 800 feet. The carrier had arrived 10 days earlier from Newport News” (Ref. 72, 377, 378A & 378B-1989).

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Contract to Commissioning

27 December 1982 to 11 November 1989

Chapter I

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

A Sailors Tale of His Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw

(24 April 1980)

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

6 May 2003)

 

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

 

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(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

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

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

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(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

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

 

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

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

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