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

 

 

ailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash.

 

081012-N-8539M-005 - EVERETT, Wash. (Oct. 12, 2008) - Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash. Lincoln is returning from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class N. Brett Morton/Released)

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Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash.

 

081012-N-7981E-004 - EVERETT, Wash. (Oct. 12, 2008) - Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash. Lincoln is returning from a 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)

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Friends and family greet Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as the ship arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash.

 

081012-N-7981E-270 - EVERETT, Wash. (Oct. 12, 2008) - Friends and family greet Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as the ship arrives in its homeport of Everett Wash. Lincoln is returning from a 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)

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USS Abraham Lincoln Returns Home After Successful Deployment to 5th, 7th Fleets

 

“On 12 October 2008, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with Rear Adm. Scott Swift as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 embarked arrived Naval Station, Everett, Wa., disembarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, with Captain Patrick D. Hall as the Commanding Officer, prior to arriving, with Capt. Patrick D. Hall as commanding officer, ending 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 relieve 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 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 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. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Eastern Pacific from 13 to 14 March 2008, pulling in for a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California on 15 March 2008, departing on 17 March 2008, visiting from 15 to 16 March 2008. As Abraham Lincoln wrapped up the first week of her 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. Abraham Lincoln was in the Eastern Pacific from 17 to 21 March 2008, visiting Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 22 to 23 March 2008. USS Russell (DDG-59) sailed from NS Pearl Harbor (1329 on 24 March) to rendezvous with the Abraham Lincoln, 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. 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. 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. 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. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port call at Changi Naval Base, Singapore on 16 April 2008. USS Shoup (DDG-86) held a change of command ceremony on 19 April 2008 in Singapore. Cmdr. Michael J. Lehman assumed command from Cmdr. Mark A Johnson. From wild nights at a safari to fun-filled days exploring Singapore, Abraham Lincoln 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. More than 170 Sailors from Abraham Lincoln gave back to the Singapore community during community relations events while in port from 16 to 20 April 2008. Abraham Lincoln Sailors contributed to U.S. Navy tradition and helped beautify a school with gardening and landscaping during a port visit from 16 to 20 April 2008, in Changi Naval Base, Singapore. 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). Abraham Lincoln was underway in the South China Sea from 20 to 21 April 2008 and Strait of Malacca en route to the Indian Ocean on the 21st, underway in Indian Ocean on 22 April 2008. 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. Ambassadors and senior military officials from Indonesia visited Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall broadcasted over the ship's 1MC public address system on 24 April 2008 that Lincoln's Sailors had raised the most money of all 11 carriers in the fleet for the annual Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive. "I am pleased to announce that Lincoln is the number one contributor among all the carriers in the fleet," Hall said. "I am very proud of all the contributions Lincoln Sailors made." According to Lt. j.g. Bryce Klaput, Lincoln's NMCRS fund drive coordinator, Lincoln raised a total of $159,627.00 for the fund drive. The top three contributors by department were Reactor Department, which contributed a total of $15,571.00, closely followed by Operations Department, with $14,048.00, and Engineering Department, which contributed just under $14,000.00, Klaput said. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Arabian Sea from 24 to 27 April 2008. Seven weeks into their seven-month deployment, Abraham Lincoln Sailors made time to celebrate the National Day of Prayer by gathering together on 1 May 2008, for a special breakfast on the forward mess decks. As people across America celebrated a National Day of Prayer to commemorate unity in belief and spirit, so did Sailors aboard ships halfway around the world in the Persian Gulf. USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) was underway in the Persian Gulf from 17 March to 30 April 2008, and was relieved by Abraham Lincoln 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 ALCSG flagship, via carrier on board delivery and they were greeted on the flight deck by the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) 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. As the Sailors on board Abraham Lincoln 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. Officers from USS Curts (FFG-38) and the Pakistani Navy participated in a personnel exchange as part of Exercise Inspired Union that occurred in the North Arabian Sea from 11 to 21 May 2008. This exchange allowed junior officers to experience life first hand and discover the cultural and professional differences on board various Pakistani and U.S. ships. Abraham Lincoln, 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. 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln 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 cruise during her deployment. With the ALCSG 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. Abraham Lincoln 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. Abraham Lincoln Sailors experience their first port visit in the Middle East, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates from 23 to 27 May 2008. 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. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf on 27 May 2008. As reported on 28 May 2008, an Abraham Lincoln Sailor and native Hawaiian teaches hula to shipmates in preparation of the ship's celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month on 5 June 2008. As reported on 28 May 2008, “the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 are helping provide regional security as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard Abraham Lincoln. Also as reported on 28 May 2008, an Abraham Lincoln Sailor and native Hawaiian teaches hula to shipmates in preparation of the ship's celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month on 5 June 2008. As reported on 4 June 2008, Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) keeps a close watch on ALCSG, providing air defense during MSO in the Arabian Persian/Gulf. A versatile crew, Mobile Bay's personnel and arsenal protect Lincoln from all manner of attack, whether land, air or sea. Many of the Sailors responsible for providing that protection man the Combat Information Center (CIC), communicating with each other and the rest of the strike group. CIC watch officer Ens. Eric Moss said a team of professionals keep the ship safe. "We accomplish this through a series of watchstanders," Moss said. "We have an air side and a surface side who all talk to the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) who puts all the pieces together and determines any actions we need to take." An Abraham Lincoln chief petty officer served as guest speaker for June 5, 2008 Asian-Pacific American heritage celebration. The celebration included dance and songs from Asian and Pacific islands, which Lincoln Sailors rehearsed for more than one month. On loan from Abraham Lincoln, a quartermaster (QM) returned from a two-month additional duty assignment to USS Shoup (DDG-86) to assist the guided-missile destroyer on 7 June 2008. Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice Keren Figueroa of Lincoln's Navigation Department was selected for a temporary assigned duty (TAD) aboard Shoup and assisted the ship and obtained in-rate qualification training. While Lincoln is supporting MSO in the Persian Gulf during her seven-month deployment, the carrier sometimes sends Sailors on temporary duty to other strike group ships in need of assistance. As reported on 9 June 2008, “after completing a work day of 12 hours or more, Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln practice the highest state of combat readiness during general quarters (GQ) drills. GQ is imperative to the survival and mission of the ship, but preparing for an actual GQ situation is even more crucial. As Sailors practice countless situations that could take place on the ship, they learn the fundamental basics of what it takes to fight and survive in any battle that confronts them. Also reported on 9 June 2008, Abraham Lincoln Health Services Department's general surgeon has completed 80 surgical operations since the beginning of deployment and 168 since he reported for duty on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. "My main job here is to assist in case of surgical emergencies," said Lt. Cmdr. Lewis Diulus, Lincoln's surgeon general. A new senior medical officer charged with taking care of the physical and mental healthcare of all Sailors aboard took the helm of Abraham Lincoln Health Services on 13 June 2008. Members of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) serving in Bahrain visited Abraham Lincoln on 19 June 2008 while conducting operations in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Coalition liaison officers -- 16 in all -- from various countries including Italy, New Zealand and Pakistan came aboard Lincoln to gain insight into the ship's capabilities and experience life aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, and Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick D. Hall met the officers to welcome them aboard. Abraham Lincoln Health Services Department welcomed its new senior dental officer on 22 June 2008. Cmdr. Benjamin Young, who arrived aboard from Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, relieved Cmdr. Nevanna Koicheff. As Abraham Lincoln approaches the midway point of its scheduled seven-month deployment on 24 June 2008, the services of the aircraft carrier's search and rescue swimmers have not been required; however, the training for their vital mission continues. Imagine a typical day for Lincoln while operating on station, when the calm is interrupted by a distress announcement from the tactical action officer, calling "man overboard." Within one minute, Lincoln's search and rescue (SAR) swimmer team launches two rigid-hull inflatable boats, (RHIBs), from the starboard boat deck and heads out to comb the waters several miles off the carrier for a shipmate who has fallen overboard. While en route, the SAR officer back on Lincoln guides them to the location where the Sailor has fallen. Within minutes, they are at the site and make the rescue. This particular time it is only their training dummy, "Oscar," who needs to be rescued. Next time, it may be an injured shipmate or pilot in need of rescue. Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 2, held a change of command ceremony aboard Abraham Lincoln on 1 July 2008. Cmdr. Terence A. Hoeft took the reigns as commanding officer of the squadron, relieving Cmdr. Edward J. Iocco. Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, spoke to members of the squadron during the ceremnoy on the flight deck. An SH-60B Seahawk piloted by incoming commanding officer Cmdr. Jack Olive takes the lead in formation from one piloted by outgoing commanding officer Cmdr. Shawn Malone as squadron personnel watch from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln during an aerial change of command ceremony for "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 on July 2, 2008. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support 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. An air lead change took place within Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 for the first time in the command's history aboard Abraham Lincoln on 2 July 2008. An air lead change is a change of command ceremony, done with the off-going and on-coming commanding officers flying their aircraft for the change of command, representing the passing of responsibility of the flight from one aircraft to another Cmdr. Jack P. Olive assumed command of HSL-47, relieving Cmdr. Shawn P. Malone as commanding officer. The ceremony and lead change took place on Lincoln's flight deck with members of HSL-47. The squadron looked skyward as Olive took the lead in the air for the first time. Malone assumed command of HSL-47 May 1, 2007. During his tour, the "Saberhawks" deployed to the Western Pacific and completed the second "Bravo to Sea" deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 attached to Abraham Lincoln. Malone received transfer orders to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, or OPNAV, in Arlington, Va. Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 changed hands during a change of command ceremony conducted aboard Abraham Lincoln on 3 July 2008. Cmdr. Herb Carmen relieved Cmdr. Randy Blackmon of the "Sun Kings" in the presence of the crew, all of whom were assembled in the aircraft carrier's hangar bay. Blackmon is transferring to Carrier Strike Force Training, Pacific, in San Diego. Carmen served as the executive officer of the "Sun Kings" prior to becoming the new commanding officer. Carmen originally came to the "Sun Kings" from Commander, Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing staff as operations officer. As reported on 12 July 2008, “Sailors aboard USS Momsen (DDG-92) celebrated on 4 July 2008 with a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony and prize giveaways. Independence Day coincided with Momsen's Half-way Day Celebration, marking the mid-point of the ship's seven-month deployment. The celebration commenced with the Declaration of Independence skit, performed by 10 Momsen Sailors. These actors not only donned white scarves neatly tucked into their Navy all-weather coats, but they also used makeup and other props to create the appearance of the nation's forefathers during the late 1700s. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Persian Gulf (5th Fleet Theater of Operation), concluding her second deployment while on deployment from 27 May 2008 to 7 July 2008 and then steamed to the Gulf of Oman via the Strait of Hormuz, underway in the Gulf of Oman on 8 July 2008 and steamed to the North Arabian Sea. Abraham Lincoln Health Services Department developed a new first-responder process on 8 July 2008 to improve emergency services aboard the aircraft carrier. As reported on 12 July 2008, “Two Sailors from the combat-proven "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, embarked with Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard Abraham Lincoln, were selected to be a part of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team 2009. Most of the selectees for the Blue Angels team had a background working with the F/A18 Hornet. Aviation Electronics Technician (AW) 2nd Class Meredith A. Ansley and Aviation Machinist's Mate (AW) 2nd Class Zackary J. Gruwell from the "Lancers" were the only selectees from the EA-6B Prowler community. Ansley has been interested in the Blue Angels since she was a child. She spent childhood summers vacationing in Perdido, Fla., close to Naval Air Station Pensacola, where she vividly remembers watching the Blue Angels practice and perform shows. From that moment on, she knew she wanted to work in aviation when she grew up. She reported to the "Lancers" in September 2004 as an airman. Abraham Lincoln made the retention honor roll for the first time in years on 20 July 2008. This career milestone has set the standard for Lincoln and her crew of more than 5,000 Sailors, as first-term Sailors aboard Lincoln decided to 'Stay Navy,' and re-enlisted. Commands who meet the Navy's quarterly standards for retention and attrition receive the Retention Honor Roll Award. A command must have 48 percent or higher of its first-term Sailors re-enlist. Lincoln attained 65.6 percent. Lincoln received an honor roll pennant that the aircraft carrier can fly until the results of next quarter's retention honor roll. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln gathered on the flight deck for a steel beach picnic on 26 July 2008. Sailors put work on the back-burner and played sports, listened to music performed by Lincoln's own rock band, "Death by Chicken," and disc jockey Onitap of the ship's KRUZ Radio and enjoyed barbequed food. "A steel beach picnic is a great morale booster," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (AW) Joseph Tenorio, of Lincoln's Supply Department. "It's a one-of-a-kind experience. Nowhere else in the world can you have a barbecue on a flight deck. It's definitely unique." Sailors performed as the band "Death by Chicken," during Abraham Lincoln’s steel beach picnic on 26 July 2008. The five Sailors who make up the mixed-genre band aim to relieve stress, have fun and further their musical skills while deployed to the North Arabian Sea supporting Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. As reported on 3 August 2008, ten Sailors from Abraham Lincoln visited the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana (F-111) during a crew exchange. During their time aboard Te Mana, they were able to tour the ship, enjoy lunch and gain an appreciation of how the New Zealand Navy operates. As reported on 5 August 2008, USS Momsen (DDG-92) departed on 27 July 2009 after a two-day port visit to Cyprus. During the visit, Momsen hosted seven members of the Cypriot Navy, including Cypriot Navy Deputy Commander, Capt. Andreas Loannides. They toured the ship's pilot house, including all navigation systems, the combat information center and an exhibition of two embarked SH-60B helicopters. As reported on 9 August 2008, on the eve of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Abraham Lincoln learned one of her Sailors, a native of Ghana and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, competed in the 1996 games in Atlanta and the 2000 games in Sydney, which opened up a whole new world for the one-time Olympic sprinter. In August 1996 Albert Agyemang competed for the Ghana National Team in the Atlanta Summer Olympics in the 200-meter and 400-meter relays. Jump ahead 12 years and Agyemang is a personnel specialist 3rd class assigned to the administrative department aboard Abraham Lincoln. As reported on 13 August 2008, Abraham Lincoln and Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 announced the Bluejacket of the Quarter (BJOQ) for second quarter, 2008. Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AW/SW) Jason Rowe, a native of Niceville, Fla. was selected as BJOQ. As reported on 15 August 2008, after working 16 years as a division manager, managing 214 deli departments for a major supermarket chain, making $150,000 a year, a man from Ajo, Ariz. decided to quit his job and join the Navy at age 32. Personnel Specialist Seaman (SW) David Bigbey now works aboard Abraham Lincoln’s Personnel Department assisting Sailors coming into the Navy and preparing Sailors for the transition back into the civilian world. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several senior military officials visited Abraham Lincoln while operating in the North Arabian Sea from 26 to 27 August 2008. The visitors included Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq; Army Gen. David McKiernan, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; Navy Adm. Eric Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command; and Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, acting commander of U.S. Central Command. The senior officers toured the ship, attended briefings, visited with Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing 2 crew members and awarded a Helicopter Squadron 2 Sailor the Navy-Marine Corps Medal. Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Jesse P. Hubble was recognized for his efforts in rescuing seven crew members following the crash of a Navy HH-60H helicopter off the coast of Southern California in November 2007. "It was completely unexpected, but extremely appreciated," Hubble, a San Diego native, said. "It's a really big day for me." Mullen congratulated Hubble and addressed the Helicopter Squadron 2 and Lincoln crews. "Thank you," he said. "You represent the thousands of shipmates who couldn't be here. I want to express my -- our -- gratitude for everything you do out here." The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group assumed the duties as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50 on 28 August 2008, and launched its first sorties into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed the decks of the strike group’s flagship, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) bound for Afghanistan to support coalition ground forces. “This is the mission we’ve been training for almost a year to carry out,” said Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7. “Every Sailor in this strike group has tremendous focus right now; our pilots and maintenance crews are extremely sharp, and we’ll do our part to help coalition troops and foster security in Afghanistan.”  Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group relieved the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group who has operated in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) since April. Ronald Reagan was joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and relieves Abraham Lincoln on station. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group performed the CTF 50 mission for just over four months. Other CSG-7 ships are supporting MSO while deployed to the region. The guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG-73), USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Gridley (DDG-101), as well as the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43) joined Coalition Task Forces 152 and 150 help deter destabilizing activities and ensure a lawful maritime order in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Gulf of Aden. “Abraham Lincoln and her Sailors performed incredibly well,” said Capt. Kenneth Norton, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “We received an outstanding turnover from Lincoln, and we’re here to provide the same high level of support to our coalition troops.” The squadrons of CVW-14 include the “Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the “Fist of the Fleet” of VFA-25, the “Stingers” of VFA-113, the “Eagles” of VFA-115, the “Black Eagles” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Cougars” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, and the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the region. Operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of operations are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. Abraham Lincoln steamed from the North Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean and Strait of Malacca shortly after 28 August 2008, operating in the North Arabian Sea in support of OEF from 9 July to shortly after 28 August 2008. While supporting OEF and OIF from the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 flew approximately 7,100 sorties -- including 2,307 combat sorties, providing more than 22,000 flight hours -- and dropped 255,963 pounds of ordnance supporting coalition ground forces. During this time, CVW-2 flew more than 3,600 sorties and worked more than 10,000 flight hours for OIF. For OEF, they flew more than 3,500 sorties and worked over 11,000 flight hours. Abraham Lincoln area of operations was not reported from 29 August to 9 September 2008 area of operations not reported. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the South China Sea on 10 September 2008, during which time Cambodian military and embassy staff members paid a visit to Abraham Lincoln on the 10th, in a display of camaraderie for military-to-military service members. The visitors were escorted by Charges de Affairs, Piper Campbell of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Cambodia and included Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. General Nhek Bun Chhay; advisor to the Cambodian Prime Minister, H. E. Om Yentieng; Secretary of State to Civil Aviation, H.E. Mao Havannal; Commander, Cambodian Army and Deputy Commander in Chief, Gen. Meas Sophea; and Commander, Royal Cambodian Air Force, Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang. Thailand military and embassy staff members visited Abraham Lincoln to tour the ship and meet with the crew on 11 September 2008. The visitors included Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy, Vice Adm. Soopakorn Booranadiloak; Royal Thai Navy Foreign Liaison Department Capt. Chonlathis Navanugraha; Col. Joe Corso, U.S. Embassy; and Col. Jacques LeBlanc, Canadian Embassy. Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk welcomed the guests. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port of call at Laem Chabang - Pattaya, Thailand on 12 September 2008. Sailors from Abraham Lincoln took time on 13 September 2008 from their recent port visit to Pattaya, Thailand, to bring a little joy to children affected by HIV and AIDS at the Camillian Social Center Rayong. "This has been amazing," said Yeoman 3rd Class Margaret Ueberlauer, of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2. "This was truly an eye-opening experience. It feels so good to know that I helped make a small difference." One Abraham Lincoln Sailor reunited with his family on 15 September 2008 during the ship's recent port call to Laem Chabang - Pattaya, Thailand from 12 to 15 September 2008. Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Norrandt Sutakul of Lincoln's Combat Systems Department, born in Bangkok, was able to visit with his uncle, Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Fleet Adm. Prawit Srisukwatana. Sutakul was given a tour of a local Royal Thai Naval Base, Viharna Sien (a Buddhist museum) and enjoyed dinner, karaoke and old-fashioned family time. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Pacific from 16 to 29 September 2008, pulling in for a port of call at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 30 September 2008. Abraham Lincoln departed Pearl Harbor on 3 October 2008 with friends and family aboard for a “Tiger Cruise”, visiting from 30 September to 2 October 2008. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 held an airborne change of command ceremony on 6 October 2008. In a display of aerial power and maneuverability, Capt. John C. Aquilino, of Huntington, N.Y., handed over the reins of CVW 2, to Capt. Alton Ross, of Baton Rouge, La.. Aquilino, flying an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, passed command of CVW 2 to Ross, flying in an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Blue Blasters" of VFA-34, while performing a fly-by of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, operating in the Pacific Ocean. Ross is the 41st commander of CVW-2, which is composed of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 2, Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, VFA-151, VFA-34, VFA-2 and VFA-137. Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9, officiated the ceremony from an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Bounty Hunters" of VFA-2. Abraham Lincoln conducted a “Tiger Cruise” en route to San Diego, Ca. from 3 to 7 October 2008. The ALCSG pulled into NASNI on 8 October 2008. Sailors and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 disembarked the strike group's flag ship Abraham Lincoln. During its deployment, Abraham Lincoln worked alongside coalition partners in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. "Getting everybody back safely after such a strenuous mission half way around the world is a great accomplishment," said Cmdr. Terrance Hoeft, commanding officer of HS-2. "All of our hard work had led up to this moment, and it really puts everything into perspective." Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony on 9 October 2008 aboard Abraham Lincoln moored at Naval Air Station North Island. Rear Adm. Scott Swift relieved Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk served as CCSG-9 since March 26, 2007. Under his leadership, the strike group completed a Western Pacific deployment and Navywide standardization in counter-targeting, missile defense and network defense tactical doctrine. Abraham Lincoln visited NASNI from 8 to 9 October 2008, conducting a Tiger Cruise” en route to Everett, Washington from 9 to 11 October 2008. During the deployment, the air wing flew more than 10,000 sorties and worked more than 28,000 flight hours while under Aquilino. The air wing also conducted more than 7,900 traps, or landings, aboard Lincoln. "We traveled over 60,000 miles, 2.3 times around the world," said Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall. "We flew over 7,000 sorties -- 26,000 hours total -- and supported Sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines on the ground in both Afghanistan and Iraq." Hall said that with all the miles traveled and missions flown, Lincoln's crew always had safety in mind. "The good thing is that all the Sailors who left on deployment with us are coming back off deployment," he said. Lincoln also re-enlisted more than 180 Sailors, collectively equaling more than 700 years of new service to the Navy. Other individual achievements include 749 Sailors completing 20 different college classes. Along with five months of combat operations, Lincoln hosted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and dignitaries and military officials from Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, France, Bahrain and Pakistan. Lincoln's embarked distinguished visitors totaled more than 230 from 20 different countries. During deployment, Lincoln conducted two burials at sea for 40 veterans and family members. After successfully completing operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR where Sailors enjoyed port visits in the Persian Gulf region, Lincoln sailed to the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR and participated in 16 community relations projects with 400 volunteers, contributing more than 2,000 hours to communities in Singapore and Thailand. The total distance steamed during deployment was 58,370 miles, or approximately 2.3 times around the world. Electrical power generated during deployment totaled 52,000 megawatt hours, enough to power the entire downtown Seattle network for roughly two weeks. Fresh water produced totaled 58,240 gallons, enough to support more than 1 million showers for crew personnel. With the deployment completed, Lincoln and its crew will enjoy some time off before heading out to sea again for an upcoming sustainment period. Hall said the returning Sailors have earned some well-deserved time off from the 214 days at sea. "It's tremendous coming home to all the friends and families, they're all so excited and looking forward to going home and relaxing" he said. Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Changi Naval Base, Singapore; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates and Laem Chabang - Pattaya, Thailand. 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. Squadrons: VFA-2, FA-18F; VFA-137, FA-18E; VFA-151, FA-18C (N); VFA-34, FA-18C (N); VAQ-131, EA-6B; VAW-116, E-2C; HS-2 (*1), SH-60F / HH-60H and HSL-47 Det., SH-60B and VRC-30 Det. 2, C-2A. 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). 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 (13 March to 12 October 2008)” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377, 378A; 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; 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); 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); 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); 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); 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); Story Number: NNS080424-05 - Release Date: 4/24/2008 11:29:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SINGAPORE (NNS) ); Story Number: NNS080424-04 - Release Date: 4/24/2008 11:28:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class R.J. Moraida, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SINGAPORE (NNS); 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); 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); 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); Story Number: NNS080429-16 - Release Date: 4/29/2008 3:56:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080506-03 - Release Date: 5/6/2008 9:52:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sean Gallagher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) ); 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); 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); 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); 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); Story Number: NNS080602-12 - Release Date: 6/2/2008 3:01:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. 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Moraida, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS); Story Number: NNS080505-21 - Release Date: 5/5/2008 3:49:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080528-03 - Release Date: 5/28/2008 4:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080604-18 - Release Date: 6/4/2008 7:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Segedy, USS Abraham Lincon Strike Group Public Affairs - ABOARD USS MOBILE BAY (NNS); Story Number: NNS080618-09 - Release Date: 6/18/2008 1:45:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs  - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS); Story Number: NNS080610-10 - Release Date: 6/10/2008 2:05:00 PM - By Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Ashley Houp, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS); Story Number: NNS080618-20 - Release Date: 6/18/2008 4:46:00 PM - By Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Ashley Houp, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD, (NNS); Story Number: NNS080609-04 - Release Date: 6/9/2008 10:08:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, ABOARD, (NNS); Story Number: NNS080711-02 - Release Date: 7/11/2008 2:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinn Liford, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS080622-03 - Release Date: 6/22/2008 7:23:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080730-15 - Release Date: 7/30/2008 8:43:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon C. Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080624-08 - Release Date: 6/24/2008 4:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johndion Magsipoc, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS); Story Number: NNS080710-22 - Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:28:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Adam Randolph, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080710-23 - Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:32:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Adam Randolph, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080710-24 - Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:35:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinn Liford, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080712-20 - Release Date: 7/12/2008 11:22:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Courtney Thraen, USS Momsen Public Affairs). 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Christian Dumlao, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080723-02 - Release Date: 7/23/2008 4:25:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Roderick Jessie, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080730-23 - Release Date: 7/30/2008 9:20:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080728-04 - Release Date: 7/28/2008 12:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs; Lincoln Sailors Experience New Zealand Ship August 3, 2008 - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo - ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN); Story Number: NNS080805-04 - Release Date: 8/5/2008 12:51:00 PM - By Lt.j.g. Courtney Thraen, USS Momsen Public Affairs, LIMASSOL, Cyprus (NNS); Story Number: NNS080809-01 - Release Date: 8/9/2008 5:08:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Blake, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080813-04 - Release Date: 8/13/2008 3:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Roderick Jessie, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080815-03 - Release Date: 8/15/2008 10:21:00 AM - By Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Ashley Houp, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080904-18 - Release Date: 9/4/2008 3:56:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne A. Anderson; By Lieutenant Ron Flanders USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS080913-06 - Release Date: 9/13/2008 7:32:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinn Liford, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS); Story Number: NNS080913-14 - Release Date: 9/13/2008 9:26:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class Arianne A. Anderson - SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS); Story Number: NNS080918-22 - Release Date: 9/18/2008 5:47:00 PM -  By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Quinn Liford, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - Pattaya, Thailand (NNS); Story Number: NNS080924-04 - Release Date: 9/24/2008 6:42:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (NNS); Story Number: NNS081009-12 - Release Date: 10/9/2008 5:46:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Bournes, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS081009-10 - Release Date: 10/9/2008 5:38:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Seward, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific - SAN DIEGO (NNS); 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. 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Chapter XXII (13 March to 12 October 2008)

Part III of III - 12 October 2008

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

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

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4