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 off shore infrastructure, including Iraqi oil platforms, which provide a critical source of income for the new Iraqi government and supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity; to ensure that ships could "operate freely while transiting the world's oceans" during the Global War on Terrorism, on her 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 (13 March to 12 October 2008).

Chapter XXII (13 March to 12 October 2008)

Part I of III - 13 March to 27 May 2008

Part II of III - 28 May to 11 October 2008

Part III of III - 12 October 2008

 

Ninth “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XXII, relating to Crew Personnel Stories and Awards, Department and Division, in port crew activities other then arrival or departure articles to ports of call.

Chapter XXII, Appendix I

 

 

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).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with CVW-2 (NE)

(13 March to 12 October 2008)

 

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.

 

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

 

“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) was underway in the Eastern Pacific from 13 to 14 March 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 17 March 2008, visiting from 15 to 16 March 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Fabian Guevara presents a box of cremains to Chaplain Cmdr. John Swanson aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

 

080319-N-7981E-133 - PACIFIC OCEAN (March 19, 2008) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Fabian Guevara presents a box of cremains to Chaplain Cmdr. John Swanson to be committed to the deep during a burial-at-sea held for 33 former service members aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=56471

 

Lincoln Sailors Honor Service Members with Burial At Sea Ceremony

 

“As USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up the first week of a scheduled seven-month deployment 19 March 2008, the ship's crew paused from their underway routine to conduct the solemn and sacred Navy tradition of burial at sea. The cremated remains of 33 former service members were committed to the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean during the ceremony which took place off the coast of southern California March 19th. "These 33 people were willing to lay down their lives to keep us free during the time they were in the service," said Cmdr. John Swanson, Lincoln's command chaplain. "This is our final tribute to the legacy they left behind and a final thanks on behalf of a grateful nation."

Swanson personally sent each box of cremated remains to the deep with Protestant Chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Green and Catholic Chaplain, Lt. Peter Le reading individual prayers and committals. Unlike previous ceremonies in which
Lincoln chaplains knelt precariously on the edge of the ship's massive aircraft elevator, this time the remains were "launched" into the sea via a flag-enshrouded, metal chute crafted by Sailors from Lincoln's sheet metal shop and Deck Department.

"We spent about 10 hours welding on it the day before the ceremony and then took it up to (Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jerumias) Braga in Deck," said Hull Technician Fireman David Jones, who supervised welding on the device. "He worked into the night to stitch the flag around it so it would be done in time." The ceremony commenced at 8 a.m. with the burial detail in dress blue uniforms assembled on the elevator as rays of morning sun peeked through an overcast sky. Having brought the massive aircraft carrier to a halt, the crew was asked to cease all work topside.

 

There was silence as the chaplains read the benediction and began the process of ensuring every service member's remains were honorably sent to their final resting place. Flag bearers ceremoniously carried the cremains from a table to the edge of the elevator and, with a salute, presented them to Swanson for committal. "It's a good feeling to be a part of burial detail," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Fabian Guevara, a volunteer flag bearer for the ceremony.

 

"It's something I felt I should do because it's a chance to honor our veterans. They did their part for our country and now we're doing our part to honor them." After the last of the remains were overboard, a firing detail from Lincoln's Weapons Department fired three volleys and "Taps" was played. The lead flag bearer then presented the U.S. flag to Lincoln's executive officer, Capt. Thomas Nosenzo as "Eternal Father" was played, concluding the ceremony. All current and former U.S. military service members who received an honorable discharge are eligible for burial at sea, if requested.

 

Chaplain Green said that in addition to Sailors, this ceremony included former U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force personnel. Two spouses were also buried with their husbands in keeping with their wishes. Burial at sea ceremonies are coordinated with embarked ships through local Navy hospitals. Immediately following burial at sea, service members' next of kin are sent a message informing them of the date, time and exact location that their loved one was buried.

Lincoln's Religious Ministries Department then prepares a flag, flag certificate, letter from the commanding officer, navigation chart depicting the location of the burial, and photos and video of the ceremony to be sent to their family. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th  Fleet area of responsibility” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080328-03 - Release Date: 3/28/2008 6:51:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36011

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was in the Eastern Pacific from 17 to 21 March 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) visited Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 22 to 23 March 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

“USS Russell (DDG-59) sailed from NS Pearl Harbor (1329 on 24 March) to rendezvous with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), and uniquely contributed to telling their stories through “The Destroyermen,” a Web log that Lt. Comdr. Chris E. van Avery, the ship’s executive officer, oversaw on the World Wide Web, one of the first such regular attempts by any naval man-of-war.

 

Avery described their mission statement as: “To deliver an authentic, unvarnished, informative and entertaining account of life aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer, report on Russell contribution to the Global War on Terror and execution of America's Maritime Strategy, and provide insight into the character of the American Sailor.” Crewmembers ranging from Avery to junior enlisted sailors posted daily observations and reflections that educated and enhanced the public’s perceptions of the ships and their operations. Sailors also posted photographs of their time at sea that they humorously dubbed “Eye Candy for Sailors.” In addition, Russell’s crew discovered an unexpected result from their blog when their writing enabled them to keep in touch with loved ones at home. “These daily blogs are so helpful,” one sailor’s wife wrote, “especially since it is sometimes days without hearing from my husband...It brings comfort” (Ref. 378A).

 

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) underway at high speed in the Western Pacific Ocean.

 

080404-N-7981E-692 - PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) underway at high speed in the Western Pacific Ocean. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Two are underway on a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (RELEASED) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57212

 

USS Russell Navigates Uncharted Waters with Ship's Blog

 

“USS Russell's (DDG-59) Web log is having an impact on the World Wide Web since its debut two weeks ago, reaching 5,000 hits on 7 April 2008. The Web log which started and coincided with the ship's deployment as part of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group. Lt. Cmdr. Chris van Avery, Russell's executive officer, reported aboard the guided-missile destroyer looking to tell a story.

 

The story is about the life of Sailors at sea and their contributions to the war on terrorism and the execution of the Navy's Maritime Strategy. The result is "The Destroyermen," a Web log, or "blog," dedicated to the life of Russell and her crew. With a new post nearly every day, this method of storytelling has proven to be a hit for Russell and the Navy. "When I discussed it with the chain of command and the public affairs community, I don't think any of us expected such a positive reaction from the public," van Avery said.

Freelance journalist and a long-time observer of how the armed services use and react to the alternative media, David Axe, stated on his personal blog, "War is boring." However, Axe was more complimentary about
Russell's blog. "With this sweet little blog, the Navy is now in second place in the race to harness the power of the Internet for educating the American people about the military," Axe wrote on his blog, noting and crediting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs capturing first place.

 

Another new media observer and former Pentagon spokesman, Steve Field, noted on "The D-Ring," his Web log, "I've got to say that I am thoroughly impressed with [the] blog started aboard [Russell]. It works because it is authentic. It's got a real voice." "The other services have some catching up to do, it looks like …" he concluded. Lt. Cmdr. van Avery was not the first active duty Sailor to start a Web log, as some of the links on the site prove. But, he was one of the first to have the support of his chain of command in the endeavor.

 

The blog welcomes personal accounts of life at sea and photos from any of Russell's Sailors who wish to contribute. To date, six of the ship's 250 crew members and the Navy College Program Afloat for College Education instructor have participated. The audience van Avery considers most important, though – the crew and their families and friends – have been especially pleased. A comment left by the wife of a Sailor out to sea expressed gratitude for the blog and her appreciation for the information it provides. "These daily blogs are so helpful," the spouse wrote, "especially since it is sometimes days without hearing from my husband." "It brings comfort" she added. Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Brian Mittenburg said, "This Web log is a really cool idea."

 

It really hits the nail on the head, and I look forward to reading more like these when my career has come to its conclusion," he added. Russell is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and is currently on a scheduled deployment transiting to the 5th Fleet area of operations with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group in support of the Maritime Security Operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080415-06 - Release Date: 4/15/2008 12:37:00 PM - By Electronics Technician 3rd Class Tyler Kirkland, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36380

 

USS Curts Welcomed in Saipan

 

“USS Curts (FFG-38) departed Saipan on 9 April 2008 after a four-day port visit on the tropical island in the Northern Marianas Islands, where the crew enjoyed the beautiful beaches, historical sites and community relations projects. Curts arrived pierside in the port city of Garapan to the welcoming sound of traditional music paired with a performance by a local dance troupe. Throughout the course of the port visit, the local government, port authority, and armed forces committee graciously hosted Curts and her Sailors, providing recreational events, transportation, and a reception at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post on the final night in port.

One of the newest members of the local VFW is Cmdr. Yvette Davids,
Curts commanding officer. Davids said the people of Saipan were very hospitable. "Curts' visit to Saipan was phenomenal. The entire crew was met with such warmth and hospitality by the people of Saipan," Davids said. "They are so proud of their island, its heritage and historical significance, and invited us to share and experience in their quiet island life." Many of Curts' Sailors took the time in port to relax, spending time at one of the island's many beaches, or teeing off at a waterfront golf course.

 

Those with a more adventurous spirit took advantage of the great scuba diving Saipan has to offer, with numerous dive sites including reefs, wrecks, and a network of underwater caves that begins in a popular swimming hole known as "The Grotto." Thirty-one Sailors volunteered their time improving the infrastructure of a local high school during a two-day project converting an old classroom into a textbook depository. Davis said the high school officials showed much appreciation for the assistance.

"They seemed so touched by and thankful for the Navy's desire to help their school and their kids," Davids said. "It was so apparent how important these (community relations) projects are. Not just for the personal satisfaction gained by our Sailors, but in seeing first hand how much help, hope and opportunity we can offer to those around us." For many of the crew, this was their first overseas port visit in the Navy and it was one they will never forget.

 

"Curts leaves Saipan energized by the adventures we experienced while exploring the island and her gorgeous waters and by the relationships we developed with individual people during our stay," Davids said. Curts' Sailors visited sites of historical significance that links Saipan to U.S. Armed Forces during World War II before they departed. Curts is on a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group in support of Maritime Security Operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080414-01 - Release Date: 4/14/2008 1:23:00 PM - By Ensign Jon Noda, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, Saipan (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36388

 

A plane captain assigned to the

 

080414-N-7981E-067 - Pacific Ocean (April 14, 2008) - A plane captain assigned to the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 goes through pre-flight checks with the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57542

 

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) steams near Singapore.

 

080415-N-7981E-269 - PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2008) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) steams near Singapore. Shoup and other ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group 9 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57904

 

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Indian Ocean.

 

080415-N-7981E-269 - PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2008) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) steams near Singapore. Shoup and other ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group 9 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57904

 

CSG9 Ships Participate in Singapore PASSEX

 

“Ships and aircraft from Carrier Strike Group 9 and the Republic of Singapore Navy conducted a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Singaporeans, including their newly commissioned (5 February) Formidable-class guided missile frigate RSS Steadfast (FFG-70) conducted flight deck training with an SH-60B Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 "Saberhawks." in the Strait of Malacca on 15 April 2008.

The helicopter, flown by HSL-47's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Shawn Malone and copilot Lt. Christopher Moore,
made several landings on board Steadfast’s flight deck, giving the crew of Steadfast the opportunity to practice helicopter recovery procedures including chocking and chaining (referred to as "lashing" by the Singapore Navy) and refueling evolutions. Singaporean Capt. Kelvin Lim, a communications officer from the frigate Formidable (F-68), observed the exercise from on board Shoup and from another HSL-47 Seahawk. "The Singapore Navy is increasing its capabilities and acquiring H-60 type helicopters and their pilots are training at NAS North Island (San Diego), so this is an opportunity to work together and for us to train with them for helicopter shipboard operations," Malone said. "It was a great exchange and it was a wonderful way to build those partnerships with the Singapore Navy."

 

Following the flight operations, Steadfast practiced coming alongside the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AO-7) and conducted a simulated refueling-at-sea. The evolution was observed from the air in an HSL-47 helicopter by Singapore Navy Capt. Kelvin Lim, a communications officer assigned to the RSS Formidable. Lim also spent time aboard USS Shoup (DDG-86) during the PASSEX and observed that there are many similarities and differences between the two ships.

"Our primary mission is air defense, like your ship, but we do things differently because we only have 70 people on board," said Lim. He added that the most striking difference between
Shoup and Steadfast was the makeup of the crews. "You can see the whole of America on your ship; there is so much diversity."

One similarity participants noted during the
PASSEX was that Steadfast's design in many ways reflected the direction the U.S. Navy is moving with its own ship designs, Malone said. "That ship to me represents something very similar to where we're moving with the littoral combat ship and some of the stealth technology that is being incorporated into our surface forces," Malone said. "That was the benefit for us -- to be able to operate with that type of modern warship"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080424-15 - Release Date: 4/24/2008 3:37:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs & 378A).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36509

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for a port call at Changi Naval Base, Singapore on 16 April 2008” (Ref. 76).

USS Shoup Holds Change of Command Ceremony

 

“USS Shoup (DDG-86) held a change of command ceremony on 19 April 2008 in Singapore. Cmdr. Michael J. Lehman assumed commannd from Cmdr. Mark A Johnson.

Johnson assumed command of
Shoup in July 2006. His next assignment will be as the J-3 Directorate (Operations) of U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii. "It has been the greatest honor of my naval career to have served as commanding officer of this great ship and this great crew," said Johnson, in a final speech to Shoup's crew. Lehman is a 1989 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics. He was commissioned in the surface warfare (nuclear) community in 1989 after completing Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. His sea tours include USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Ingraham (FFG-61) and executive officer on USS Ford (FFG-54).

"I feel blessed and humbled to be here and I'm honored to become a member of the
Shoup team," Lehman said. "I have heard nothing but good things about Shoup and its crew. I'm looking forward to serving with these fine people." Shoup and the rest of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group are currently on a seven-month deployment to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Shoup entered a Selective Restricted Availability (SRA) from January through March 2007, a period of structural overhaul as well as communications and weapon systems upgrades. Following SRA, Shoup participated in several exercises, from the Canadian bilateral exercise Trident Fury to strike group exercises conducted in preparation for deployment. In September 2007, Shoup represented the Navy at San Francisco Fleet Week, participated in the Parade of Ships and welcomed more than 2,000 visitors aboard.

In February 2008,
Shoup successfully completed a major material readiness inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey, the first such inspection since her commissioning in 2002. Shoup departed Everett, Wash., for deployment on 14 March 2008, enroute to Hawaii for a four-day port visit in Pearl Harbor, followed by a major undersea warfare exercise in the Hawaiian operating area. While transiting to Singapore, Shoup participated in a passing exercise with the Royal Singapore Navy” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080421-01 - Release Date: 4/21/2008 7:30:00 AM - By Lt. j.g. Elisabeth Erickson, USS Shoup Public Affairs, SINGAPORE (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36501

 

Lincoln MWR Offers Added Excitement in Singapore

 

“From wild nights at a safari to fun-filled days exploring Singapore, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department arranged everything necessary for a good time during the ship's port visit from 16 to 20 April 2008. During Abraham Lincoln's first port visit of its Western Pacific deployment Sailors had the opportunity to enjoy the various sights of Singapore through tours coordinated by MWR. Lt. Calvin Cunningham, material control officer for Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 47 "Saberhawks" enjoyed the Night Safari tour. "My favorite part of the evening was the fire dancers," Cunningham said, "especially the part where they would bring up someone from the audience to help them perform"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080422-01 - Release Date: 4/22/2008 9:38:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SINGAPORE (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36512

 

Brunei Visit Offers Momsen Sailors Cross-cultural Experiences

 

“USS Momsen (DDG-92) departed Muara Harbor, Brunei on 20 April 2008, after the crew spent three days exploring its culture by engaging in several recreational activities and community relations projects. This port visit granted Momsen Sailors an opportunity to not only represent the U.S. Navy, but also represent the United States during the cross-cultural experience.

During the port visit,
Momsen participated in a community initiative called "Project Handclasp" with a government primary school, Sekolah Rendah SUAS (Sultan Umar Ali Saifuddin). Eighteen Momsen Sailors contributed toys, books and other learning materials to the school. In return, the Sailors were treated to a tour of the school, a ceremonial tree planting, launching of the new science and computer laboratories and sampling of several traditional delicacies.

 

The students also demonstrated several academic lessons in math, science and reading. The school's headmaster, Pengiran Osman bin Pengiran Karim said Momsen's contributions would complement the school's reading programs. "In the school's effort to create a reading culture, there are a variety of initiatives that have been undertaken by the school," the headmaster said. Momsen's commanding officer, Cmdr. Michael C. Sparks, paid a courtesy call to the Royal Brunei Navy's acting commander, Col. Abdul Halim Mohd Hanifah on 18 April 2008.

Momsen then provided ship tours to Hanifah and nearly 150 Brunei residents. One highlight was a visit by the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei, Emil Skodon and his wife, which was covered by several Brunei media representatives. Other groups touring Momsen included the Ministry of Defense, U.S. Embassy staff and family members, Sekolah Rendah SUAS students and family, and the Boy's Brigade. This interaction with the people of Brunei was most welcomed, Sparks said. "Enjoying the culture of different nations is one of the best things about being a Sailor, being able to enjoy that experience and give back a little is very rewarding," Sparks said.

 

"This port visit underlines the United States' desire to interact with foreign nations by promoting regional cooperation." In addition, Momsen participated in a thrilling softball game sponsored by the local Brunei softball team, the Gunners. The game drew a captive audience who enjoyed watching the difference in softball throwing techniques. Although the Gunners beat Momsen at a fast-pitch game, Momsen won the slow-pitch softball game. Following the game, congratulations were exchanged. Meanwhile, the rest of Momsen's crew was engaged in several tour packages, including the popular wilderness adventure tour, day and night city tours, and mosque tours along with shopping in the expansive Gadong markets.

 

Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is homeported in Everett, Wash. The Momsen is currently underway as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group's deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080425-21 - Release Date: 4/25/2008 12:53:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Courtney Thraen, USS Momsen Public Affairs, MUARA HARBOR, Brunei (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36629

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the South China Sea from 20 to 21 April 2008 and Strait of Malacca en route to the Indian Ocean on 21 April 2008, arriving the same day” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Curts Welcomed in Malaysia

 

“USS Curts (FFG-38) departed Lumut, Malaysia on 22 April 2008, following a scheduled five-day port visit, where the crew experienced the unique culture of the Malaysian community, helped repair a special-needs school and interacted with local residents.

 

About 25 Curts crew members aided in the preservation of Sekolah Semangat Maju Sitiawan School. The school caters to students from age 3 to 34, teaching life skills and independent living. School officials estimated that it has been more than 10 years since its last community relations project with the U.S. military and the aid provided by the Curts was graciously accepted, said Cmdr. Yvette Davids, Curts' commanding officer. "Being able to come together with the community in such a way as this (community relations project) helped set the tone of the ship's port call and those to come," Davids said.

 

"This was an important port visit for Curts because it provided not only the chance to work together with the community, but it also provided an excellent opportunity to interact with the Royal Malaysian Navy." During its time in Lumut, Curts hosted a reception for the Royal Malaysian Navy and were honored with the attendance of First Admiral Abd Rahman Abd Karim, Chief of Staff HQ Fleet Operations of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Curts crew members, including Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Chad Doud, appreciated the interaction with the Malay sailors as well. "It is amazing that two different cultures can work together for one common goal. Being able to interact with navy personnel from other nations is a great experience," Doud said. The reception was preceded by friendly matches of soccer and volleyball in which the crew of Curts faced off against the crews of several Malay ships. These sporting events kicked off a series of small naval exercises, which were designed to help build the cohesiveness of the Malaysian and the U.S. Navy. The two navies conducted extensive training while in port and underway, ranging from shipboard firefighting to ship boarding exercises and tactical maneuvering.

 

Also during this time there was an exchange of both officer and enlisted personnel between the U.S. and Malay ships. This opportunity gave these Sailors the chance to experience the customs and culture of a foreign ship while underway. The Curts, homeported in San Diego, is currently underway as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group's deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080425-25 - Release Date: 4/25/2008 2:30:00 PM - By Lt. j.g. Bryan Boggs, USS Curts Public Affairs, LUMUT, Malaysia (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36638

 

A pair of HH-60H Seahawks assigned to the

 

080422-N-7981E-216 - PACIFIC OCEAN (April 22, 2008) - A pair of HH-60H Seahawks assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 2 approach the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group Nine are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57876

 

Capt. Patrick D. Hall, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), speaks to Indonesian ambassadors and senior Indonesian military officials in his in port cabin during a visit to the ship.

 

080423-N-1281H-011 - INDIAN OCEAN (April 23, 2008) - Capt. Patrick D. Hall, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), speaks to Indonesian ambassadors and senior Indonesian military officials in his in port cabin during a visit to the ship. Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Ashley Houp (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=57893

 

Abe Hosts Indonesian Visitors for Tour, Air Demos

 

Ambassadors and senior military officials from Indonesia visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for a tour and to observe a display of its air power on 23 April 2008.

 
Distinguished visitors included U.S. Ambassador Cameron Hume of the U.S. Embassy, Special Advisor to the Minister of Marine Affairs Ambassador Professor Dr. Hasyim Djalal, and Naval Attaché Capt. Kevin Wilson of the U.S. Embassy among several other high-ranking military officials.

Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk,
Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall, and Commander, Carrier Air Wing 2 Capt. John Aquilino met with the visitors and answered questions during the tour.

Djalal said it was great to come aboard
Lincoln for the tour.

"I was invited here to learn more about their [U.S. Navy] technologies, professions and other things like that," Djalal said.

The senior military officials were given the opportunity to speak with
Lincoln crew members, briefed on Lincoln's aircraft, and viewed the air demonstration, aircraft recovery and the carrier's signal bridge.

"It's all been really impressive," Djalal said. "I was happy to see the exhibitions and exercises. I enjoyed it, as did my colleagues."

Lincoln participated in the relief efforts following the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, which made Djalal's visit even more special.

"We had a meeting in Singapore last week on the U.S. Pacific common conference over there, and I said that the U.S. military face is impressive," said Djalal. "The tsunami relief efforts gave me another image, an impressive image, and that is what I call the human face of the American military establishment."

Lincoln is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080428-03 - Release Date: 4/28/2008 10:16:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36674

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in Indian Ocean from 22 to 23 April 2008, entering the 5th Fleet operating area on the 23rd where she relieved USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) operating in the Persian Gulf” (Ref. 76).

 

An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 delivers supplies to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)

 

080427-N-9450M-060 - INDIAN OCEAN (April 27, 2008) - An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 delivers supplies to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) during a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainer (T-AOE-7). Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 are on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=58238

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Arabian Sea from 24 to 27 April 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 17 March to 30 April 2008, and was relieved by USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as tensions rose with the Iranians on 1 May 2008, and then steamed for the Arabian Sea via the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, while Abraham Lincoln arrived in the Persian Gulf on 28 April 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that as the Americans simultaneously fought against terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Republic transitioned to new leadership during the Presidential elections, the situation would become “extraordinarily challenging,” and addressed specific concerns with ongoing Iranian efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction: “Iran is not going away. We need to be strong and really in the deterrent mode, to not be very predictable.” The admiral also noted terrorist smuggling across the Central Command area of operations, and referred to al-Qāidah and Taliban thugs infiltrating across the porous Pakistani and Afghan borders with terrorists, weapons and drugs (which they used to finance their crimes). The Iranians immersed themselves in smuggling and their Pasdaran (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) and key operatives known as the Quds Force, provided al-Qāidah and the Taliban with a wide range of weapons including improvised explosive devices (and the more horrific explosively formed projectiles), rocket propelled grenades, mortars, 107 millimeter rockets and (probably) shoulder-launched or man-portable air defense weapons” (Ref. 378A).

 

The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) tows the 15-meter dhow, Dunia, after the boat experienced engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea.

 

080506-O-9999X-002 - GULF OF ADEN (May 06, 2008) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) tows the 15-meter dhow, Dunia, after the boat experienced engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea. The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) and Shoup responded to the ship in distress and towed the boat to Yemeni territorial waters where it was met by a Yemeni tug. Kanawha and Shoup also provided the dhow's crew with food, water and medical support. Coalition forces have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance as well as search and rescue. U.S. Navy photo (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=58340

 

USS Shoup Tows Disabled Dhow to Safety

 

“While conducting operations as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, USS Shoup (DDG-86) assisted a disabled dhow on 6 May 2008, by towing it from the Gulf of Aden to Al-Mukalla, Yemen.

Dunia, a 15-meter dhow, experienced a serious engine problem, leaving it unable to operate at sea. USNS
Kanawha (T-AO-196) who was operating nearby responded on-scene to assist.

Shoup sent several members of the ship's visit, board, search, and seizure team over to secure and inspect the dhow for seaworthiness, provide food and water to the crew, and assess the feasibility of towing the stranded dhow to safety.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) John Parkowski, one of
Shoup's boat crew members, said Dunia's crew was friendly and grateful for the assistance.

"They were happy to see us," he said. "It was an eye-opening experience, seeing what they had to go through, with no food."

Two of the dhow's crew spoke English and communicated effectively with the boarding team.

Additionally, Shoup's corpsmen provided assistance to two members of the dhow's crew who required minor medical attention.

Shoup took the dhow under tow, and after coordinating with CTF 150, delivered the dhow to the Yemeni Coast Guard, which escorted the dhow into port.

Shoup's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael J. Lehman, summed up the event as both providing valuable training for Shoup's crew and supporting CTF 150's mission of Maritime Security Operations.

 

"I'm extremely pleased with the team effort demonstrated by Shoup over the past two days in providing assistance to the stranded dhow Dunia," Lehman said. "The ship-wide effort was an excellent example of the longstanding tradition of Coalition forces providing assistance to mariners in distress. I'm glad Shoup was in the right place at the right time to help these folks"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080508-10 - Release Date: 5/8/2008 2:20:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Elisabeth Erickson and Lt.j.g Chris Gutierrez, USS Shoup Public Affairs - GULF OF ADEN (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36946

 

The Blue Angels, the Navy flight demonstration squadron, practices for an air show at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.

 

080509-N-8390S-151 - BOSSIER CITY, La. (May 9, 2008) - The Blue Angels, the Navy flight demonstration squadron, practices for an air show at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kimberly R. Stephens (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=58786

 

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Jimmy Saturne, assigned to Air Department's V-4 Division, aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), takes a sample of JP-5 fuel from a purifier in the fuel pump room.

 

080510-N-9450M-097 - PERSIAN GULF (May 10, 2008) - Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Jimmy Saturne takes a sample of JP-5 fuel from a purifier in the fuel pump room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=58659

 

CENTCOM Operations Director Visits USS Abraham Lincoln

 

“U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Director of Operations U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti and members of his staff, who are based in Tampa, Fla., visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 12 May 2008.

During their visit, the CENTCOM officials toured the ship and received briefs on the strike group's responsibilities and capabilities. They also were given an opportunity to watch flight operations and spend time with the crew. Scaparrotti said this was his first visit aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier while underway.

"Getting aboard and talking to the people who operate the ship and seeing the complexity of the operations is helpful for me when I am taking a look at plans for the region," said Scaparrotti. "The carrier plays an essential role in everything we do in Central Command every day."

Scaparrotti said meeting
Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing 2 Sailors was a highlight of his visit. "I had an excellent time," he said. "It's great to see the professionalism and the proficiency of the crew. They're doing complex and dangerous tasks quite well. It was great to be here."

CENTCOM Deputy Director of Operations Brig. Gen. Gregory A. Biscone also extended his gratitude to the crew. "Thanks for the great motivation, and thank you for the time away from your family and friends," he said. "Thank you for getting things done every day. You are making a difference."

Biscone also said the visit was a great opportunity for CENTCOM to become familiar with the missions linked with
Lincoln.

"It's better for us to get out here and talk to the Sailors so we understand how best to employ you to make sure we complete our mission," he said. "We are surrounded by great equipment, but it's people who make the equipment go, and you can see that right here on the flight deck. We saw it in the spaces we walked through during our visit."

Lincoln commanding officer Capt. Patrick Hall, said the ship is always ready to host senior military leaders.

"We're happy that CENTCOM Director of Operations came out to visit us," Hall said. "It gives us a chance to showcase the great work being done aboard this aircraft carrier"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS080520-22 - Release Date: 5/20/2008 3:06:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).

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Maintenance personnel assigned to the

 

080515-N-7981E-066 - PERSIAN GULF (May 15, 2008) - Maintenance personnel assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW 116) prepare an E-2C Hawkeye for a mission aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=58963

 

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), the frigate USS Curts (FFG 38), the fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714), Pakistani Navy ships PNS Badr (D-184), PNS Shahjahan (D-186), and PNS Nasr (A-47) participate in a photography exercise.

 

080515-N-0924R-206 - ARABIAN SEA (May 15, 2008) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71), the frigate USS Curts (FFG-38), the fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN-714), Pakistani Navy ships PNS Badr (D-184), PNS Shahjahan (D-186), and PNS Nasr (A-47) participate in a photography exercise. Pakistan and U.S. Naval forces began Exercise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Arabian Sea, which focuses on air, surface and anti-submarine training. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose (Released) http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=59154

 

NAVCENT Deputy Commander Visits USS Abraham Lincoln

 

The Deputy Commander, U.S. Navy Central Forces Command (NAVCENT), visited Sailors of the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) from 14 to 15 May 2008. Rear Adm. Scott Swift and members of his staff arrived aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Lincoln Carrier Strike Group flagship, via carrier on board delivery and they were greeted on the flight deck by the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group leadership. They toured the ship's spaces and received briefs on the many facets of the strike group's operations. Swift also presented briefs to the Lincoln wardroom. He spoke about how Lincoln was ready on arrival in theater.

"[
USS Harry S.] Truman had been operating those operations for two months, and I tell you it was a transparent change. One day it was Truman, the next day it was Lincoln. There was absolutely no change in performance. I think it speaks for the leadership throughout the strike group and everybody's ability to execute those tactical mission sets that they have been training for throughout the work ups," Swift said. Swift also discussed the strike group's role in the NAVCENT area of responsibility during deployment, which includes creating regional stability by providing security. Cmdr. Charles Luttrell, Abraham Lincoln's navigator, who has deployed multiple times to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, said the brief was helpful.

"The newly established 5
th Fleet Maritime Operations Center is a change in NAVCENT's AOR," Luttrell said, adding, "Rear Adm. Swift's explanation of the daily operations was enlightening because it defined the difference between the theory of operations and how the MOC is executing its mission." Swift explained the strike group is very important in what NAVCENT is doing operationally. "The effects that we are trying to create from a coalition perspective, the expertise of the strike group naval forces at sea, is security. Through security and careful application of our capabilities, our goal is to reach regional stability," Swift said.

 

"With that increase in regional stability there are a myriad of opportunities that are created for countries in the region: foreign investment, political exchange and cultural exchange," Swift said, adding, "In many ways the CSG is being employed in manners that aren't necessarily associated in the traditional sense of a CSG. We aren't all about power projection. Creating stability affects the region by providing security."

Swift also noted it was great to be back aboard
Lincoln. "I've made a couple of cruises over the years on Lincoln. I have never seen as high of morale in my experience as I have on my visit here. It's reflective of the leadership on board," Swift said, adding,

"When I say leadership, people naturally think of the admiral, captain, CAG, but some of the best leadership I have seen are those E3's and E4's, very junior individuals, who have been in positions where they are leading a significant number of Sailors and I see that in Lincoln.

 

The impact people are having out here is reflective of how the ship operates. The pride shines through in day-to-day operations." Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity.

 

These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080522-05 - Release Date: 5/22/2008 9:17:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37337

 

Lincoln Hip Hop, Rap Forum Keeps Morale High

 

“As the Sailors on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hit the one-third completion mark of their scheduled seven-month deployment on 17 May 2008, morale remains high (5th Fleet Theater of Operation). Contributing to this elevated spirit is a dancing and rapping competition at the carrier's very own night club, Club 72, located on the mess decks once a month on Saturday nights. Hosted by Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Alvin Lewis, or "DJ Groovy Lou," as he is commonly called, the club boasts a variety of hip hop and rap music, as well as a complete dance floor.

Lewis said he thought dance competitions as well as rap battles could boost morale, showcase the beats, and encourage
Lincoln Sailors to share their talent for improvisation. With a high audience turnout, Sailors of many different departments battle hard to earn the appreciation of the audience and judges. The competitions consist of rap-offs in which artists let flow their best freestyle lyrics in an attempt to win the judges' admiration. Also, dance-offs showcase some seemingly reserved Sailors who have unexpected talent to share.

One of the rap competitors, Aviation Hull Technician 3rd Class Steven Burrows, is an avid fan of the rap scene and even plans to release his own CD in the future. "It was nothing like battles I have entered and won before, this time I was going up against a local favorite, Thurman Norton (Thermal)," Burrows said. "I have not given up on winning the crowd and next time I will make sure that my competition 'freestyles' are about the surroundings and brings something a little more original."

Lewis encourages Sailors to come out to upcoming events and contend. He challenges anyone who thinks they have the skills to come out of hiding and prove it. "Practice; that'll be a big thing. Practice; if you've got skills, come out and showcase them," Lewis said. "Most importantly, practice and be original, but make sure you come prepared." Lewis plans to continue coordinating and hosting future events to do what he can to help keep morale alive and high. Lewis said he was approached by many Sailors asking for the opportunity to show off their talents.

 

"What really inspired me was I thought this could help boost morale on the ship," the senior chief said. "I said to myself, 'you know what, let's make this happen.'"All Lincoln Sailors are encouraged to get brave and step into the spotlight, Lewis said. "I enjoy helping to keep the morale up on the ship, and that's my main goal," Lewis said. "We're all out here together until we get back, and as long as we keep it safe and in good context, we'll keep it going and continue having fun"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080517-02 - Release Date: 5/17/2008 9:47:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean Gallagher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs).

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Surface search and rescue (SAR) swimmers Lt. Patrick Panjeti, right, and Seaman David Swan, conduct SAR training alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

 

080517-N-6736S-136 - PACIFIC OCEAN (May 17, 2008) - Surface search and rescue (SAR) swimmers Lt. Patrick Panjeti, right, and Seaman David Swan, conduct SAR training alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Stennis and embarked Training Air Wing 1 and 2 are conducting Naval Aviation Training Command carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Katrina V. Sartain (Released)

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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Abraham Lincoln’s Strike Group ship’s the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59), FS Surcouf (F-711), HMS Montrose (F-236), RFA Waveknight (A-389) and four other coalition ships conducted air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency during Exercise Khunjar Haad, a four-day multinational exercise conducted in the Gulf of Oman from 17 to 21 May 2008” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080607-02 - Release Date: 6/7/2008 8:08:00 PM - By Ensign Elizabeth Scheimer, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs).

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USS Russell Participates in Exercise Khunjar Haad

 

“The guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) participated in Exercise Khunjar Haad, a four-day multinational exercise conducted in the Gulf of Oman from 17 to 21 May 2008. During the exercise, FS Surcouf (F-711), HMS Montrose (F-236), RFA Waveknight (A-389) and four other coalition ships conducted air defense, surface, visit, board, search and seizure and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.

"Working with our coalition partners allows us to improve our tactical proficiency as well as encouraging friendship and cooperation in the region," said Cmdr. Jeff Weston,
Russell's commanding officer. Russell Sailors also engaged in personnel exchanges with coalition ships during Khunjar Haad.

"Our Sailors had the chance to meet and interact with our coalition partners on a personal basis," Weston said. "I know from personal experience, no exercise can cement a bond like meeting and working with our maritime partners face to face. This exercise allowed us to do just that."

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Tyler Kirkland spent time visiting two coalition ships. "This was the best experience I've had in my naval career," he said. "I really enjoyed visiting these ships."
Russell was also honored to receive a visit from senior coalition military leaders, which underscored the importance of personal interaction.

 

"It was a great opportunity to participate first hand in exercising the concept of a 1,000 ship coalition navy," Weston said. "We made personal relationships that will last well into the future and make interactions between the participating nations that much easier in the future."

Russell is currently deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support Maritime Security Operations. These operations help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080607-02 - Release Date: 6/7/2008 8:08:00 PM - By Ensign Elizabeth Scheimer, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37643

 

New SUPPO Reports to Abraham Lincoln

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received a new supply officer (SUPPO) on 21 May 2008. Cmdr. Martin F. Fields Jr., Lincoln's new SUPPO, is essentially in charge of all things in the Supply Department.

"I'm responsible for all aviation and ship parts support, procurement and contracting for ship services, aviation and ship financials, shipboard food service(crew's mess, chief's mess and wardroom), ship services (ship's store, laundry and barbershop), disbursing services, ships
Morale, Welfare and Recreation, hazardous material support, postal support and beach detachment support," Fields said. "My goal is to continue the superb standards and reputation established by my predecessors, and to strive for excellence in everything we do," Fields said.

 

"We should also strive to make a difference in the readiness of the ship and the lives of Sailors." The Oregon native enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1978 where he trained as a fire control technician (ballistic missles). A former member of the "goat locker," Fields graduated from Chapman College in 1988, which was followed closely by being commissioned as a Naval officer. His initial tour was aboard USS Fife (DD-991), where he served as the disbursing and sales officer. Fields served an additional tour aboard Fife as the supply officer, which he said helped prepare him for his job aboard Lincoln.

Fields said in the Supply Corps, selection as a carrier SUPPO is recognized as being "as good as it gets." "It's a fulfillment of a lot of hard work and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our Sailors," he said. "This is my favorite tour." "I'm impressed by [the Supply Department's] motivation, especially the junior Sailors," he continued. "Overall, the Supply Department has superb officers, chiefs and Sailors who care about what they're doing and are making a difference every day. In the future, we will continue to strive to make a difference for the Sailors on board
Lincoln"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080606-18 - Release Date: 6/6/2008 2:48:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37632

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) departed the Gulf of Oman upon conclusion of Exercise Khunjar Haad, a four-day multinational exercise conducted in the Gulf of Oman from 17 to 21 May 2008 and then steamed through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf on or around 21 to 22 May 2008 en route for a middle east port of call at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, on her second deployment during her deployment” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080607-02 - Release Date: 6/7/2008 8:08:00 PM - By Ensign Elizabeth Scheimer, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37643

 

Lincoln's Air Department V-4 Division Keeps Aircraft Flying

 

“With the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group reaching the one-third completion point of its seven-month deployment on 22 May 2008, ensuring clean fuel is available for Carrier Air Wing 2 aircraft flying combat mission is crucial. Abraham Lincoln Sailors from the Air Department's V-4 Division work to ensure aircraft have clean and water-free fuel, to keep them running smoothly and efficiently while deployed to conduct counterterrorism and security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, to support Maritime Security Operations.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 1st Class (AW) Rodeliza Santiago, leading petty officer for
V-4 below decks, explained complex modern aircraft fuel systems do not function properly if it contains contaminated water, sediments and other foreign objects. "Our goal is to deliver safe and clean fuel to the flight deck to support the mission and to get the aircraft flying," Santiago said. "Contaminated fuel can cause a loss of life and loss of an aircraft. "The pump room here is a complicated pump room with piping, pumps, valves, gages and motors," Santiago said.

 

"In order to operate any JP-5 fueling system safely and efficiently aboard the ship, personnel in my department must possess a thorough understanding how our piping system works." A JP-5 fueling system consists primarily of a storage system and three separate and independent pumping systems. A storage system receives JP-5 fuel during underway replenishment, explained Santiago. To ensure fuel is free from contamination, it goes into an initial purification. This is a process where a JP-5 filling and transfer system separates and removes water, debris and emulsions from JP-5 during transfer from storage to service tanks.

 

After transfer from the storage to the service tank, the fuel goes through a second phase of purification, or filtration. After this process, the fuel is pumped to the flight deck where it will be used to refuel aircraft, Santiago explained. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Jessica Sirek, who recently completed her personnel qualification to operate the JP-5 pump room, explained that inspection and sampling procedures are the only means to ensure that fuel pumping equipment is performing properly.

 

Problems are prevented if equipment is properly operated and the sampling procedures are carefully followed, Sirek noted. If contamination is discovered during the visual inspection procedure, the test will be repeated," Sirek said. "We're very concerned about safety. Providing clean fuel to the flight deck is a matter of life or death"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080522-23 - Release Date: 5/22/2008 5:52:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37333

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) pulled in for their first port visit in the Middle East, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates arriving on 23 May 2008, during their current deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080604-03 - Release Date: 6/4/2008 12:07:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class R.J. Moraida, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37549

 

Abe Sailors' Experience Middle East Culture, Port Visit

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors experience their first port visit in the Middle East, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 23 to 27 May 2008, during their current deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. One of the first stops was an Islamic Art Museum where Sailors viewed lavish carpet designs, as well as silver and gold collections from around the world. Some of the other sights included seeing a mosque and taking part in some shopping at gold and spice markets. Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class (AW) Alfonso Navos, a tour participant, was first here in 2000.

 

He said the city was still being developed then and wasn't as big as it is now. "Eight years ago this place wasn't as big. It's mind boggling because things are changing," he said. "Probably in another five years this place will look totally different from this time. I would like to come back here, just to shop, take more tours and enjoy the time." Navos added that Sailors should take advantage of the reasonably priced Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours the next time Lincoln has liberty. Aviation Boastswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class (AW/SW) Matthew Jenkins was one Sailor who took advantage of the city tour.

 

He said this was his first time experiencing a city in the Middle East and seeing Islamic culture for himself. "It's my first time in here, first time in the Gulf and first time up close and personal with the culture itself," he said. "I'm just trying to take it all in." The city tour was just one of many made possible through efforts not only by MWR, but by the United Service Organization, or USO. "The USO has a very unique role compared to other USOs in the world because we provide other services besides the usual recreation," said Priya Butler, director of the local USO.

 

"For every ship that comes in, we book all the hotels and golf, it's a very large operation, so normally we start preparing about two weeks out," said Butler. "I think part of coming to a foreign country is that there's a little bit of a culture shock when you first get here and the USO really tries to make people feel comfortable and at home," he continued. "We have a large number of volunteers, most are from the United States that come out here and help integrate the Sailors into a foreign country."

 

This was Lincoln's second port visit during the ship's deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS080604-03 - Release Date: 6/4/2008 12:07:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class R.J. Moraida, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS)).

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37549

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was underway in the Persian Gulf on 27 May 2008” (Ref. 76).

 

Chapter XXII (13 March to 12 October 2008)

Part I of III - 13 March to 27 May 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)

 

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

(24 April 1980)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

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

 

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

(10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54596-0

 

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

 

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

25 August 1981) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

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

 

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

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

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

 

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

6 May 2003)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-73794-7

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-74027-5

 

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

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

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

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

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

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978-1-365-26038-4