Tenth “WestPac” deployment and her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 2nd 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 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and Operation New Dawn (OND), on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011).
Part I of III - 7 September to 5 December 2010
Part II of III - 6 December 2010 to 23 March 2011
Part III of III - 24 March 2011 and
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2010 YEAR END REPORT
Chapter XXVI, Appendix I
Abe’s Tenth “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XXVI, 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 XXVI, Appendix II
“On 24 March 2011, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) with Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 embarked, relieving Rear Adm. Scott Swift on 29 January 2010, arrived Naval Station, Everett, Washington, with Captain John D. Alexander as Commanding Officer, disembarking CVW-2 at San Diego, California, ending a scheduled routine deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, on her tenth “WestPac” deployment and her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 2nd 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 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001 and Operation New Dawn (OND), on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two Persian Gulf cruises while on deployment), 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 leet, 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. USS Halsey (DDG-97) welcomed aboard the granddaughter of the ship's namesake for a tour of the ship on 7 September 2010 in San Diego, California. Missy Talbot, Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey's granddaughter, is one of Halsey's three sponsors. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Eastern Pacific 7 to 9 September 2010, pulling in for a port call at Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California and embarked CVW-2 on 10 September 2010. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group deployed on 11 September 2011, from San Diego, California with 7,000 Sailors, six ships, nine aircraft squadrons, nearly 75 aircraft, and more than 50 different religious affiliations. With 40 different services held at sea each week, strike group Sailors have the opportunity to attend a service that best represents their preferred faith group. As reported on 11 September 2010, Sailors aboard USS Shoup (DDG-86) took advantage of free college courses while at sea in July and August 2010 through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). Abraham Lincoln, USS Cape St. George (CG-71) and USS Halsey (DDG-97) departed San Diego, California on 11 September 2011 to head west and begin their scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AORs). While in the 7th Fleet AOR, a part of the globe covering more than 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will directly support the Navy's mission to promote peace, cooperation and regional stability, directly contributing to the growing prosperity and commerce in one of the busiest and most vital regions of the world. During their transit, they are engaging in a myriad of exercises to help them continue to be an effective arm of U.S. diplomacy abroad. Lincoln's first order of business was carrier qualifications. Carrier Qualifications are a series of flight evolutions to ensure the ship, air wing and pilots are prepared for deployment. F/A-18 Hornets launched from the deck of Abraham Lincoln and dropped dozens of live weapons at surface targets during training in the Southern California Operating Area on 13 September 2010. Less than one week into deployment, Hornets and Super Hornets assigned to Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 2, 34, 137, and 151, employed Joint Stand off Weapons (JSOW), releasing 22 BLU-111 bombs and seven GBU-12 laser-guided bombs during the training evolution. The JSOW is a precision air-to-surface missile with the capability to carry several different lethal packages. JSOW's flexible release ranges allow aircraft to remain outside the threat envelopes of enemy point defenses while effectively engaging and destroying targets. JSOW is a joint Navy-Air Force program, with the Navy as the lead service. Four U.S. warships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) participated in a war game off the coast of Hawaii on 18 September 2010 using modern, high-tech tactics in an exercise reminiscent of the naval battles of yore. Guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George teamed up with guided-missile destroyer Halsey against destroyers Shoup and Momsen to engage in a battle of wits and maneuvering to see who would reign supreme in an epic battle of the seas. The pairs began the exercise on either side of the Hawaiian Islands. Each team limited the use of their radars and communications systems for stealth and began their search for the "enemy." "We developed an in-depth plan based on enemy capabilities and limitations. Using that, we positioned ourselves optimally to maintain our stealth and execute the tactics we would expect to see used against us in an open-ocean fight." said Shoup's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joe Nadeau, a native of San Diego. MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters were launched from Shoup and Momsen to positively identify Halsey using their on board radar and forward looking infrared imagery. Once positive identification was made, Momsen "sunk" Halsey with a salvo of two "missiles" and continued their search for Cape St. George. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 culinary specialists competed in a chili cook-off aboard Abraham Lincoln on 20 September 2010. Twelve cooks throughout CGS-9 were given the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test and showcase their talent. Shoup, together with Momsen, Halsey and Cape St. George, practiced a counter-piracy mission while underway off the coast of Hawaii 20 September 2010. The four ships paired off, and each ship practiced approaching simulated suspect vessels, maneuvering in close spaces, bridge-to-bridge communication, and off-ship reports to higher authority. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Eastern Pacific 11 to 24 September 2010, entering the 7th Fleet AOR on 25 September 2010. ALCSG entered the 7th Fleet AOR on 25 September 2010 as part of their scheduled 2010-2011 deployment. The 7th Fleet AOR is the largest of the numbered fleets, covering more than 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The mission of the Lincoln Strike Group while deployed focuses on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability. Shoup formed a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) syndicate on 25 September 2010 to help the ship be prepared for any tasking. The syndicate, composed of experienced Surface Warfare Officers as well as experts in a variety of subjects, from logistics to repair to security, was formed to answer the question, "If you are the first on scene following a major disaster, what can you do and what will you need to do it?" Shoup conducted a series of shipboard emergency egress training sessions from 20 to 25 September 2010 during its current deployment with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. Egress training is required every six months for all Sailors assigned to sea commands, to ensure they can escape from workspaces and berthing areas in the event the ship sustains major damage. Momsen flexed all aspects of its primary war fighting capability in a simulated tactical scenario on 26 September 2010. Demonstrating advanced anti-subsurface, anti-surface, and anti-air techniques and tactics, Momsen watchstanders planned and executed a computer-based training scenario culminating in a live fire demonstration of the MK38 25mm Gun Weapon System. Overall, 32 air and surface contacts were tracked. Twelve were identified as simulated hostile tracks and were engaged with standard SM-2 missiles. One hundred ten rounds of live 25mm ammunition were fired for the day. The Mk-38 is a 25mm automatic gun system that provides ships with a defensive and offensive gunfire capability for the engagement of a variety of surface targets. It is designed to provide close range defense against patrol boats, swimmers, floating mines, and various targets ashore; including enemy personnel, lightly armored vehicles and terrorist threats. An embarked researcher from the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) gathered data to help improve Abraham Lincoln efficiency and effectiveness on 27 September 2010. Brent M. Goode, Ph.D., a CNA research analyst since March 2006, came aboard Lincoln as an operations analyst for the ALCSG's deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. Goode is collecting statistics on systems, such as failure and success rates, to improve potential tactical advantages and refine techniques that advance the strike group's mission success. The ALCSG, with the assistance of fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN-776), conducted an anti-submarine warfare exercise off the coast of Guam from 30 September to 1 October 2010. The 30-hour exercise encompassed four unique back-to-back training events, with Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander of the carrier strike group, observing the events on board Shoup. Guided-missile destroyer Halsey engaged numerous training threats with small arms during a gunnery exercise in the Guam operational area on 1 October 2010. During the first event, one of Halsey's MH-60R helicopters provided long-range targeting information to engage a target with Halsey's 5-inch main gun. "Using the helicopters as spotters allows for stand-off surface fire support and greatly enhances our tactical range," said Halsey Operations Officer Lt. Andrew Koy. For the second event, Halsey maneuvered astern of Shoup to engage a target with 25 mm and .50 caliber crew-served weapons. Halsey trained her gyro-stabilized, remotely operated 25 mm guns on the target to provide sequential and steady fire as each ship passed the target. "Our first shot hit the center of the target," said Koy, "it was an excellent training opportunity, and we demonstrated some remarkable shooting." "I can say with confidence that Team Halsey can successfully engage any threat," said Halsey Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jordy Harrison. "This exercise demonstrated our flexible use of assets, superb accuracy, and tenacity to execute the requirements of this deployment in defense of the U.S." Abraham Lincoln operated in the 7th Fleet AOR from 25 September to 6 October 2010, underway in the Strait of Malacca on 7 October 2010. Abraham Lincoln welcomed aboard more than 300 distinguished visitors and dignitaries from Malaysia and the surrounding region during a reception on 9 October 2010. Guests included commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk; U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul W. Jones; Commander of Naval Education and Training of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Rear Adm. Musa Bin Omar, and other distinguished guests. Omar expressed his gratitude for Lincoln's visit to Malaysia and said he hopes this trip will continue as a long-lasting partnership between the two countries. The reception, which was hosted in the ship's hangar bay, featured a buffet dinner and a live musical performance by Lincoln Sailors. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with many of the crew during the reception and ask questions about life aboard an aircraft carrier. Abraham Lincoln Supply Department received an overall grade of "outstanding" during a Supply Management Inspection (SMI) on 8 October 2010, scoring a cumulative 98.6 percent during the three-day inspection. The inspectors, from Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), said Lincoln's Supply Department score is the best mark for any aircraft carrier during the past two years. Abraham Lincoln and Shoup arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia on 8 October 2010 where more than 5,000 Sailors will visit the city of Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, experiencing first-hand, Malaysia's rich culture and history. "This visit continues the longstanding maritime cooperation and cultural appreciation between the United States and Malaysia," said Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. "Trust and cooperation are fundamental to the promotion of peace and are essential for prompt, positive response in times of crisis." Abraham Lincoln Sailors volunteered to help a local children's home during a port visit in Malaysia 9 October 2010. More than 30 Sailors spent time off the ship to work at the Praise Emmanuel Children's Home where they painted the facility and cleaned the grounds. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Indian Ocean from 12 to 16 October 2010, entering the 5th Fleet AOR on 17 October 2010, arriving in the Arabian Sea, underway in the North Arabian Sea from 18 to 19 October 2010. CVW-2 aircraft of Abraham Lincoln flew first flights in support of OEF beginning on 20 October 2010. Surface and air units assigned to the ALCSG honed their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) skills during a multiunit exercise on 23 October 2010. Guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George and two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 successfully closed in, surrounded and simulated destroying a sophisticated ASW training device, called an expendable mobile ASW training target (EMATT), during the three-hour exercise. The U.S. Navy MK 39 EMATT is a low-cost, open ocean ASW training target that is deployable from the air via parachute or launched off the deck of ASW ships at the start of training. For this exercise, the device was dropped from one of HSM 77's helicopters. After dropping the EMATT, the helicopters prowled over the water, deployed sonobuoys into the water to track the target while sending data and maintaining communication with both Abraham Lincoln and Cape St. George. "We the primary airborne ASW asset attached to the strike group, so if there's a submarine threat out there we'll find it," said Lt. Cmdr. Aric Edmondson, one of HSM 77's pilots who flew the training mission. "The idea is to build team proficiency like we did today." Carrier strike group ASW exercises are designed to promote stability and security throughout the region in support of freedom of navigation and safe global trade. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in support of OEF from 21 October 2 November 2010, transiting the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian/Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman on 3 November 2010. Country music superstars Gloriana rocked an estimated crowd of 4,000 Sailors during an underway concert aboard Abraham Lincoln on 5 November 2010. The concert was the highlight of five hours of festivities for the crew, including country karaoke in the ship's hangar bay, a live rap performance by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Riley in his role as "Dog Zebra", and an opening set by country music band, Rushlow. A Sailor aboard Abraham Lincoln reunited with his father on 5 November 2010 in the Arabian Gulf, after three years of being apart. Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Corey Henry, a native of Ingleside, Texas, reunited with his father Michael during an underway fuel replenishment between Lincoln and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oilier USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188), a ship on which Michael is currently underway, also as a boatswain's mate. The two had not seen each other since November 2007 when they last met in Little Creek, Va., The two had not seen each other since November 2007 when they last met in Little Creek, Va., while the younger Henry was at the Standard Tension Replenishment Along Side Method school. Abraham Lincoln Sailors have lost nearly 1,000 pounds in just more than a month, as of 8 November 2010, as part of a ship-wide weight-loss competition. The Lincoln Health Promotions Committee modeled the competition after "The Biggest Loser" TV show. Teams of two Sailors each vie to lose the most combined weight (by percentage) during a 72-day period. The weight loss measured to date includes totals reported at voluntary periodic weigh-ins. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln began a second college course term on 12 November 2010, reaching an enrollment of more than 400 students for the first two education terms during their 2010-2011 deployment. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Arabian/Persian Gulf from 3 to 17 November 2010. The U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and five other international ambassadors, as well as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), visited Abraham Lincoln on 18 November 2010. U.S. ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli and ambassadors from France, England, Germany, Japan and India were treated to a reception, dinner and tour while the ship was in Manama for a port visit to strengthen partnership and theater security cooperation in the region. Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, welcomed the opportunity to host such a diverse group of guests. "Working with allies and regional partners in a wide range of exercises and operations is an essential aspect of our mission," said Guadagnini. "Without the efforts of many nations, and many navies, we could not conduct the breadth of missions as successfully as we do." While in port, Lincoln Sailors participated in several sporting events with local teams, experienced the Bahraini culture through Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours and participated in a community service project from 18 to 21 November 2010. Commander, NAVCENT, Vice Adm. Mark Fox stressed the importance of U.S. Navy port visits in the region and cooperation among regional partners. "We welcome the opportunity to give back to our neighbors and friends," Fox said. "The Lincoln Sailors did a great job in furthering our friendships here in Manama, Bahrain." Abraham Lincoln commenced her transit back to the North Arabian Sea via the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman in support of OEF on 21 November 2012. The commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) visited Abraham Lincoln at sea on 23 November 2010. While U.S. Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander, TRANSCOM, was on board, Lincoln's crew was able to demonstrate the logistics of passenger and cargo transportation via carrier on board delivery, how flights are briefed and provide a tour of the ship to McNabb and his staff. TRANSCOM is responsible for creating and implementing worldwide global deployment and distribution solutions in support of the Department of Defense and regional combatant commanders by orchestrating transportation options. Petty Officer Examination results were released on 23 November 2010 and Abraham Lincoln Sailors earned an exceptional selection rate for promotion off the September exam cycle. Of the 1,241 Abraham Lincoln Sailors in paygrades E-3 to E-5 who participated in the September Navy-wide advancement exam, 160 (12.9%) were selected for frocking to the next paygrade. Additionally, 104 Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Sailors and four Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (CSG-9) staff members will be advanced. Of the 268 selected for advancement, 37 selected for petty officer first class, 96 for petty officer second class and 135 for petty officer third class. Guided-missile destroyers Momsen, Halsey and Shoup entered the 5th Fleet area of responsibility on 25 November 2010, rejoining Abraham Lincoln as part of their regularly scheduled deployment. The three Arleigh Burke class destroyers will contribute to maritime security in the region, bringing the capability to share a common tactical maritime picture through their AEGIS and link systems, and adding six helicopters and numerous surface, air and subsurface elements to maritime security operations. While Shoup, Momsen and Halsey will rotate through different duties during the coming months, their overall focus will be supporting regional stability, suppressing piracy and improving maritime security. Shoup was initially assigned to counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea; Momsen will be initially assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 152 in the Arabian Gulf; and Halsey will be initially assigned to CTF 50, supporting ALCSG operations. Though far from home while underway in the 5th Fleet AOR, Sailors aboard Shoup were treated to a lavish homestyle Thanksgiving feast on 25 November 2010. Thanks to the hard work of the ship's culinary specialists and food service attendants, a menu including ham, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies and more was served to the grateful crew of more than 300 personnel. Twenty turkeys, a massive prime rib and a homemade cornucopia stuffed with pears, apples and dragonfruit crowned the meal. The guided-missile destroyer Halsey and French Navy frigate FS Tourville (D-610) participated in a joint gunnery exercise in the Arabian Sea, on 5 December 2010 to enhance coalition maritime forces training and coordination. During the exercise, both ships fired a variety of high- and low-caliber weapons at a large inflatable target simulating a hostile threat. On the Halsey's first two passes by the target, the crew fired their 5-inch/62 gun. The next two passes were made firing a 25 mm gun, an M240B machine gun and the ship's Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS). The training displayed the two nations' ability to work effectively to accomplish their missions with great levels of interoperability. Cmdr. Jordy Harrison, USS Halsey commanding officer, said the joint scenario showcased the two ships' ability to maneuver and communicate as a unified force. "This exercise demonstrated the teamwork and proficiency we have developed in working with our French allies," Harrison said. "The ALCSG, in conjunction with the French Navy, is dedicated and well-rehearsed to execute any mission that will bring security and stability to the region." The secretary of defense (SECDEF) flew from Muscat, Oman on 6 December 2010 to land aboard the Abraham Lincoln, for an overnight visit with the aircraft carrier's 5,000-member crew. The Nimitz-class carrier is nearing the midpoint of its seven-month deployment supporting the war effort in Afghanistan. After taking a C-2 Greyhound cargo plane to reach the Lincoln, SECDEF Robert M. Gates arrived aboard Lincoln in the early morning in the Arabian Sea, welcomed by Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, ALCSG, and Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer, Abraham Lincoln. The visit marked the first time SECDEF Robert M. Gates has been aboard a deployed aircraft carrier. Gates visited Lincoln to see firsthand the ship supporting OEF. Upon arriving aboard Lincoln in the early morning, Gates was welcomed by Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, ALCSG, and Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer, Abraham Lincoln. Gates visited the carrier's combat direction center and then spoke briefly with some aircraft mechanics/maintenance personnel alongside one of Abraham Lincoln's more than 40 F/A-18 Hornets. In addition, Gates met with shipboard machinery repairmen who showed their vast capabilities to manufacture and repair complex equipment and machinery parts. Gates then ate lunch with a number of junior enlisted Sailors in a personal setting where he answered individual questions. "It was a life changing experience," said Yeoman 3rd Class Matthew Rodgers, from San Mateo, Calif., and assigned to the Sun Kings of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116. Rodgers was one of 12 junior Sailors given the opportunity to meet the secretary during lunch. Gates' personal visits with junior Sailors also included watchstanders navigating the ship on the bridge, aviators in a squadron ready room and chief petty officers on the ship's bridge wing. Gates addressed more than 3,000 crew members during an all hands call in the hangar bay, after he administered the oath of enlistment for 13 Sailors during a reenlistment ceremony. He also answered questions for more than 20 minutes after his remarks and recognized 50 outstanding Sailors selected for their hard work and dedication. The manager for the Boston Red Sox made a special phone call to deployed Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln, in the Arabian Sea on 21 December 2010. Terry Francona called to thank Sailors for their service and let them know people back home were thinking about them while they were at sea. "I want to wish you guys the best during the holiday season," said Francona. "We appreciate your service. My son is a Marine, he'll be heading to the Middle East in about three months; I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate what you do for us, and I appreciate your interest in the Red Sox. It's kind of fun to talk about baseball in December." Fourteen Sailors enjoyed having a conversation with Francona. The Red Sox fans who participated in the phone call hail from as far away as Texas and even included two New Yorkers; however, most of the Sailors were natives of the New England area. "It was awesome to actually have a little one-on-one talk with the man who runs the show for your favorite sports team," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Cappadonna, a native of Midland, Texas. The phone call gave Sailors a brief pause from their normal routine of supporting OEF. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the North Arabian Sea in support of OEF from 22 November to 22 December 2010, then headed to the Gulf of Oman into the Strait of Hormuz through to the Arabian/Persian Gulf. A Boston Celtics player and a coach and player from the New England Patriots spread some holiday cheer when they made a special Christmas Eve phone call on 24 December 2010 to deployed Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln. Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, New England Patriots coach Bill Belicheck and wide receiver Wes Welker called Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln while the ship spent the holiday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The players called to thank the Sailors for their service and to remind them that people at home were thinking of them during the holiday season. "I grew up in a military family so I know what it's like to have friends and family deployed," said Allen. "What you are doing for us helps me do what I do every single day." Fourteen Sailors were present for the calls, all of them fans from around the country. They discussed personal game strategies, performance advice and holiday plans. "Merry Christmas and thanks for everything you all are doing," said Welker. Born in 1981 in Oklahoma City, Welker is the only receiver in National Football League history to record at least 110 receptions in three consecutive seasons. He has been selected to participate in the Pro Bowl and/or the All-Pro Team in all of his first three seasons with the Patriots. Abraham Lincoln made a port call at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. from 23 to 26 December 2010, steaming through the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman into the Arabian Sea from 26 to 27 December 2010, arriving in the Arabian/Persian Gulf on the 23rd, on her second cruise to the Persian Gulf while on deployment. A day after returning to sea from a port visit in Dubai, UAE, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, launched its 1,000th sortie mission in support of OEF on 28 December 2011 in the Arabian Sea. 999 sorties flown supporting OEF and 76 sorties in support of OND during the ship's 2010-2011 deployment to the Middle East. The first launch after returning to sea marked the carrier's millennial OEF mission, amassing a total of more than 5,884 hours flown for OEF in just under four months. Capt. John Eden, commander of Lincoln's embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, said the milestone mission was just business as usual for the air wing. "Being able to conduct our air mission safely and effectively, day-in and day-out, is what makes us such a formidable force capable of supporting the effort on the ground," said Eden. "The ability of the Air Wing and the entire ALCSG to deliver consistent, reliable firepower is a testament to the dedication of the Sailors who make it all happen." A goalie for the Boston Bruins spoke to hockey fans aboard Abraham Lincoln, during a phone call to the aircraft carrier on 29 December 2010. Fourteen hockey fans aboard Abraham Lincoln gathered to ask Tim Thomas a number of questions throughout the call. They asked about the Bruins' offensive approach, Thomas' early days in hockey and his early professional career playing in Finland and in the minor leagues. Aircraft from the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group began their fourth month of OEF in support on 12 January 2011, teaming up with U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and the KC-10 Extender tankers to extend their mission endurance to more than 1,000 miles. Embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 has been supporting OEF since October 2010 and has been conducting aerial refueling with the Air Force's KC-135s the KC-10s since the beginning. CVW 2 planes can remain in the air for more than five hours during each sortie, traveling distances of approximately 1,200 miles round-trip on each mission. The ability to refuel in flight eliminates the need to find a place to refuel on land and extends the time the pilots and the aircraft can remain on station and support the troops on the ground. Lt. Charles Schellhorn, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, has been flying F/A-18F Super Hornets for nearly two years and has been refueling with the KC-135s and KC-10s for about six months. "We are normally airborne for six hours on OEF missions, requiring us to refuel every 90 minutes," said Schellhorn. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group commander, visited guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) on 13 January 2011, to praise the crew on its performance midway through her maiden deployment. Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, ALCSG, told Sterett crew members he was happy to return to the ship to see them conducting their mission firsthand. World famous members of the Indy 500 Centennial Tour visited Sailors aboard the deployed aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln from 15 to 16 January 2011. Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Jr., Johnny Rutherford Arute, Sarah Fisher, Larry Foyt, Davey Hamilton, Cameron Haven, and Martin Plowman were among the visitors to the ship. Fourteen female Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln Air department formed an all-female catapult crew to launch aircraft in support of OEF on 23 January 2011. Thirteen Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) (ABE) joined catapult and arresting gear officer, or "shooter", Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Parker, from St. Louis, to form the all-female launch crew manning critical positions such as topside safety petty officer and catapult deck edge operator to launch the missions over the deck. On and below the flight deck, 167 ABEs maintain and operate the catapults on a daily basis; six percent of which are females. The commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Squadron 12 awarded the Navy Achievement Medal to two Sailors from Abraham Lincoln's Air Department on 25 January 2011 for quick, decisive actions that saved the life of one of their shipmates. Cmdr. Patrick E. Keyes awarded the medal to Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Jesus J. Garcia, from Uvalde, Texas, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) Airman Samuel R. Scheidecker, from Philadelphia. During flight operations 21 January 2011, Garcia and Scheidecker took action simultaneously to halt the launch of an E2-C2 Hawkeye when they noticed a Sailor crossing the flight deck in the path of the aircraft. Abraham Lincoln successfully passed its 2010-2011 Maintenance and Material Management Inspection (3MI) from 25 to 29 January 2011, demonstrating a high level of expertise in shipboard equipment and maintenance procedures. Lincoln received a final score of 92.34 percent from Naval Air Forces inspectors who conducted spot checks of equipment maintenance, tested the crew's knowledge of the Navy's Material Data System (MDS), and performed administrative reviews to ensure maintenance accountability and validation paperwork was correct. Abraham Lincoln received a clean bill of health from inspectors after the ship met and exceeded international sanitation standards on 1 February 2011. Fifth Fleet Force Preventative Medicine inspectors reviewed how the ship handles health issues such as food safety, habitability, drinking water, waste disposal and pest control. They also looked closely at how the Medical department handles the prevention and assessment of disease and non-battle injuries. Abraham Lincoln won four awards for excellence in supply, food service and logistics management on 1 February 2011. Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced Lincoln's retail operations division won the award for ship store excellence; disbursing division won for disbursing excellence; hotel services division won the Dorie P. Miller Award for Wardroom Excellence, and the chief's mess division won the Carl Scheufele Award for Chief Petty Officer Mess Excellence. Abraham Lincoln earned distinction as the Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award winner on 2 February 2011, prevailing in an extremely close competition amongst the six aircraft carriers in the Pacific Fleet. "Winning the 'Battle E' identifies Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of leadership, tactical acumen, and combat preparedness within all of naval aviation," wrote CNAF. Pacific, Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers in his congratulatory award message. Earning distinction for sustained superior performance in an operational environment, the "Battle E" is the latest of several achievements earned by Abraham Lincoln, currently deployed in the Arabian Sea. In addition to winning the overall "Battle E" award, Lincoln won 13 of 14 departmental awards, more than any other carrier in the Navy. It's been a banner year for Lincoln, which began early January 2010 with its first underway in nine months after completing an extensive $350 million maintenance period, which was completed on time and on budget. The crew then completed a satisfactory Board of Inspection and Survey assessment a mere 43 days after sea trials. In preparation for a 5th and 7th Fleet combat deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, Lincoln spent 216 days away from its homeport in 2010, yet still increased its overall advancement rate by 21 percent and Zone A retention by 10 percent. Lincoln wrapped up deployment preparations and scored a 95.1 percent during its Final Evaluation Period almost immediately before departing its homeport of Everett, Wash., Sept. 7, 2010. To date, during deployment, Lincoln has sailed across more than 36,000 nautical miles of open Ocean and conducted the safe and expeditious completion of 8,500 arrested landings. The ship and Carrier Air Wing 2 launched more than 7,000 sorties, with nearly 2,000 directly supporting troops on the ground in combat. Lincoln's Supply Department recently earned a score of 96.8 percent for the 2010 Naval Air Forces Supply Management Inspection. This inspection was highlighted by hotel services, disbursing, and hazardous material (HAZMAT) divisions scoring 98 percent or above, including a 100 percent accurate HAZMAT inventory, a first for an aircraft carrier. Lincoln's Media Department won the Chief of Naval Information Thompson-Ravitz Award for best internal communication program, and overall "Best in Show" among all award winners. Additionally, the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department received "outstanding" results and comments on the CNAF Aviation Maintenance Management Team Aviation Maintenance Inspection, with 39 of 43 programs on-track, which was "five programs above the Fleet average." Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer, said earning the Battle "E" highlights the outstanding efforts of Lincoln's crew in 2010 and 2011. "We always strive for the best, but I never put any pressure on the crew to get the 'Battle E.'" It shows the crew wanted it, and we earned it," Alexander said. "I'm very proud of each and every Lincoln Sailor." Abraham Lincoln aircraft flew their last flights in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) for the ship's current deployment on 3 February 2011. Since Lincoln's first flight of the deployment in support of OEF 20 October 2010, Lincoln's air wing (CVW-2) has launched more than 1,800 combat sorties in excess of 10,000 flight hours with a 100 percent completion rate. Lt. Charles Schellhorn, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 pilot, said the deployment has definitely been a success. "For four months, we supported coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan, giving them the safety and security that only we can provide," Schellhorn said. "These contributions made Afghanistan a safer place and helped to strengthen the government forces while simultaneously helping to eradicate terrorist networks that bring violence and instability to the region." Having passed the torch to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) to take up the ongoing support of OEF, Lincoln Sailors can reflect on their experiences and accomplishments. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the North Arabian Sea from 28 December 2010 to 5 February 2011, Arabian Sea from 5 to 8 February 2011, entering the Indian Ocean on the 9th. Abraham Lincoln's command master chief (CMDCM) was selected as the 2011 Joy Bright Hancock Senior Enlisted Leadership Award winner on 7 February 2011. The Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) selected CMDCM Susan Whitman as the recipient of the award which honors the visionary leadership of service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive working environment for reinforcing and furthering the integration of women into the Navy. Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln celebrated the ship's 45th consecutive day of high-tempo and arduous operations at sea with a morale day and steel beach picnic on 10 February 2011. The event took place on the flight deck and included food and drinks, basketball and football games, golf, raffle and t-shirt giveaways, a fundraiser for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), live music, and an actual "beach" on the flight deck. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Indian Ocean from 9 to 12 February 2011, entering the Strait of Malacca on 13 February 2011. Aircraft from Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group participated in a joint aerial combat training exercise with the Royal Malaysian Air Force on 14 February 2011. F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 joined Malaysian SU-30 and FA-18D Hornets to train in multiple combat scenarios. Events ranged from single aircraft engaging single aircraft, all the way to complex multi-aircraft combat scenarios. With the Malaysian SU-30s maneuvering at speeds estimated close to MACH 1, training was aggressive and realistic. Abraham Lincoln was underway in the Western Pacific from 14 to 15 February 2011, arriving in Singapore on 16 February 2011, to enjoy liberty, meet with local professionals and colleagues, and serve the community. Approximately 5,000 Lincoln and CVW 2 Sailors will visit the island to experience the rich culture and history of one of the world's most thriving nations. While in Singapore, Lincoln will host a reception for nearly 400 distinguished visitors. Guests of honor include Republic of Singapore Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Joseph Leong and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman. "Singapore continues to be one of our strongest strategic partners in Asia and a key contributor to international maritime security; the region is more stable, secure and prosperous than ever thanks to our maritime cooperation efforts," said Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, Commander, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group. During the reception and following days, more than 1,000 visitors are expected to tour the ship, including notable guests from the Singapore Sailing Federation, members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, numerous international ambassadors, law enforcement officials, and Ms. Singapore 2009 Rachel Kum. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, spoke to a class of students from National University of Singapore School of Public Policy on 17 February 2011, during a port visit to Singapore by Abraham Lincoln Capt. Carol A. Hottenrott, the senior-most female among the nearly 7,000 men and women of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG), spoke about her experiences as a woman in the military and the impact women can have in the world. She also gave the students advice and discussed how to build a successful career without letting gender differences limit one's opportunities. Abraham Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Sailors volunteered to help the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) during a port visit to Singapore on 17 February 2011. As part of an organized community service project, the Sailors cleaned horse stables, windows, fences and painted signs at the RDA facility. RDA is an organization that provides free, therapeutic horse riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities, from all over Singapore. Cmdr. Thomas Webber, Abraham Lincoln command chaplain, said volunteers are performing important work that the RDA staff lacks the time and manpower to do. Abraham Lincoln Sailors visited the Singapore Zoo on 18 February 2011, while the ship was in port for a scheduled visit. The zoo features more than 3,000 animals spread throughout 56 acres of land. "Seeing the white tigers was an amazing and rare opportunity," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Cody Reeves. The zoo is set up to separates animals based on their natural geographic location. Abraham Lincoln made a port call at Singapore from 16 to 19 February 2011, hosting 16 guests from Brunei while underway on 22 February 2011, including senior members of military and government agencies, media reporters, and U.S. Embassy representatives, during a visit to reinforce the partnership the U.S. shares with its 7th Fleet partner. The guests were greeted by Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, before attending a formal lunch followed by a full day of tours, discussion forums, a personal briefing by strike group aviators, and interaction with the ship's crew. Deputy Minister of Defense Dato Paduka Mustappa Sirat was the senior member of the delegation, accompanied by Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Haji Shofry Hj Abdul Ghafor, Permanent Secretary Pengiran Datin Masrainah, Commander of the Joint Operations Center Col. Aziz Tamit, five others from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, four members of the media, and three members of the Embassy staff. The Brunei delegation was briefed on the ship's defense capabilities while visiting the combat direction center. They then toured the ship's bridge and hangar bays, saw an F/A-18 Super Hornet close-up, and had the opportunity to observe flight operations from the flight deck. Abraham Lincoln pulled in for a port call at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 10 March 2011, embarking Guest for a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California. Abraham Lincoln made a port call at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 10 to 13 March 2011, embarking Guest for a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California. Abraham Lincoln pulled into port at NASNI from 19 to 20 March 2011, disembarking CVW-2 and Guest on a Tiger Cruise to San Diego, California from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii conducted from 13 to 18 March 2011, and embarking Guest for a Tiger Cruise in the Eastern Pacific en route to Everett, Washington while in port NASNI. Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Commander Rear Adm. Scott Swift, relieved by Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini on 29 January 2010; which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 commander, Capt. John Eden, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, commander, Capt. Capt. Carol Hottenrott, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG-92) and USS Shoup (DDG-86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sterett (DDG-104). 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 Combat Support Special Squadron (HSC-12) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Mine Squadron (HSM-77). Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Port Klang, Malaysia; Manama, Bahrain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; United Arab Emirates; Singapore and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Her 12th 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 (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377; Story Number: NNS100910-09 - Release Date: 9/10/2010 12:45:00 PM - By Ensign Andrew Long, USS Halsey (DDG-97) Public Affairs, SAN DIEGO (NNS); Story Number: NNS100915-08 - Release Date: 9/15/2010 12:50:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100911-11 - Release Date: 9/11/2010 11:35:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup (DDG-86) Public Affairs, USS SHOUP, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100913-26 - Release Date: 9/13/2010 6:04:00 PM - By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: 9/16/2010 4:54 - Release Date: 9/16/2010 4:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100919-03 - Release Date: 9/19/2010 8:37:00 PM - By Lt. Greg D. Raelson, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100923-05 - Release Date: 9/23/2010 8:56:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100929-03 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 5:51:00 AM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100925-03 - Release Date: 9/25/2010 7:54:00 AM - By Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100929-29 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 4:57:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100925-07 - Release Date: 9/25/2010 5:30:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100929-10 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 10:55:00 AM - By Ens. Zachary Thiesse, USS Momsen Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS100929-04 - Release Date: 9/29/2010 6:52:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101004-03 - Release Date: 10/4/2010 4:37:00 AM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup (DDG-86) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101007-02 - Release Date: 10/7/2010 5:19:00 AM - By Ensign Andrew Long, USS Halsey (DDG-97) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101012-09 - Release Date: 10/12/2010 12:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101010-02 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Murphy, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs , PORT KLANG, Malaysia (NNS); Story Number: NNS101010-01 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS); Story Number: NNS101010-01 - Release Date: 10/10/2010 9:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS); Story Number: NNS101029-11 - Release Date: 10/29/2010 2:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101108-02 - Release Date: 11/8/2010 5:16:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101111-13 - Release Date: 11/11/2010 4:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Dollar, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101110-04 - Release Date: 11/10/2010 4:59:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101127-02 - Release Date: 11/27/2010 5:15:00 PM - By Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Deontee Moss, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101124-14 - Release Date: 11/24/2010 11:47:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS) ); Story Number: NNS101201-13 - Release Date: 12/1/2010 2:36:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101125-12 - Release Date: 11/25/2010 10:25:00 AM - From Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101127-03 - Release Date: 11/27/2010 5:15:00 PM - By Lt. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Shoup Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101214-01 - Release Date: 12/14/2010 8:46:00 AM - From Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, USS HALSEY, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101206-31 - Release Date: 12/6/2010 5:38:00 PM - By John D. Banusiewicz, American Forces Press Service, MUSCAT, Oman (NNS); Story Number: NNS101206-20 - Release Date: 12/6/2010 5:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101221-09 - Release Date: 12/21/2010 2:14:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101224-03 - Release Date: 12/24/2010 4:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Luciano Marano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Public Affairs, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NNS); Story Number: NNS110101-01 - Release Date: 1/1/2011 10:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS101229-06 - Release Date: 12/29/2010 4:43:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110113-02 - Release Date: 1/13/2011 9:44:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110115-01 - Release Date: 1/15/2011 8:33:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110116-01 - Release Date: 1/16/2011 10:19:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110126-03 - Release Date: 1/26/2011 5:15:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales, Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110125-08 - Release Date: 1/25/2011 12:56:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110129-02 - Release Date: 1/29/2011 11:22:00 AM -By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110203-11 - Release Date: 2/3/2011 3:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arif Patani, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110204-06 - Release Date: 2/4/2011 9:05:00 AM -By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110204-25 -Release Date: 2/4/2011 5:37:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110212-03 - Release Date: 2/12/2011 8:25:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Mickler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110210-04 - Release Date: 2/10/2011 9:08:00 AM -By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arif Patani, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs - ARABIAN SEA (NNS); Story Number: NNS110211-15 - Release Date: 2/11/2011 5:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS110216-02 -Release Date: 2/16/2011 5:31:00 AM -By From USS Abraham Lincoln Public affairs, USS Abraham Lincoln (At Sea) (NNS); Story Number: NNS110216-01 - Release Date: 2/16/2011 5:29:00 AM -By USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SINGAPORE (NNS); Story Number: NNS110220-03 - Release Date: 2/20/2011 8:35:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs); Story Number: NNS110217-13 - Release Date: 2/17/2011 3:26:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs - SINGAPORE (NNS); Story Number: NNS110218-12 - Release Date: 2/18/2011 10:54:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Howes, USS Abraham, SNGAPORE (NNS); Story Number: NNS110222-14 - Release Date: 2/22/2011 4:51:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2010 YEAR END REPORT
Command Composition and Organization of Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2010:
The ship's chain of command as of 31 December 2010 was:
“Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 29 January 2010. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini relieved Rear Adm. Scott Swift as Carrier Strike Group 9 commander. Abraham Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which is homeported in Everett, Wash. Lincoln Strike Group consists of Carrier Air Wing 2, Destroyer Squadron 9 and its associated ships USS Cape St. George (CG-71), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Momsem (DDG-92), USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Sterett (DDG-104), USS Ford (FFG-54), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) and USS Ingraham (FFG-61)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100130-07 - Release Date: 1/30/2010 7:06:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50960
Department Heads serving aboard Abraham Lincoln as of 31 December 2010 were:
“Organizational Structure. Captain John D. Alexander assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 28 January 2010, relieving Captain Patrick D. Hall, 11th Commanding Officer, serving from 18 June 2007 to 28 January 2010, holding a change of command ceremony on board ship in Everett, Wash. Alexander, a native of Port Neches, Texas, is reporting to the Lincoln after serving a joint tour as executive assistant to the director of the Joint Staff and commanding the amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD-10), forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan. Captain …..served as Executive Officer. CMDCM …..served as Command Master Chief” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100129-01 - Release Date: 1/29/2010 5:57:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Riley, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Public Affairs, EVERETT, Wash. (NNS)).
The following accomplishments highlight Abraham Lincoln’s performance in CY 2010:
“Abraham Lincoln conducted a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Washington from 16 April 2009 to 13 January 2010, off-loading ordnance in preparation for a scheduled PIA in the Eastern Pacific from 6 to 9 April 2009” (Ref. 76).
“Abraham Lincoln conducted Flight Deck Certification off the coast of Southern California from 7 to 16 February 2010, leaving its homeport of Everett, Wash. on 23 February 2010, in preparation for a material assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Lincoln began the multiple-day evaluation in San Diego, California on 28 February 2010. INSURV is a major inspection mandated by Congress to assess a ship's material condition, its ability to operate the weapons, radar, engineering and navigation systems, maintain its berthing spaces, and function safely. More than 150 inspectors examined how well the crew performs preventative maintenance, and appraised the ship's overall space cleanliness and preservation. The grading criteria is either "fit for sustained combat operations" or "not fit for sustained combat operations." Once the inspection was complete, INSURV reported directly to the secretary of the Navy and Congress if the ship is fit in terms of being able to conduct operations. To prepare for the inspection, Lincoln's INSURV team was created more than a year ago. Lincoln also created an Elite Zone Inspection Team of the most talented and experienced senior chiefs, master chiefs, chief warrant officers and limited duty officers using the same concept as the Elite Spot Check Training Team, which upholds maintenance standards on the ship. The goal was to train the crew in its ability to critically self-assess. Abraham Lincoln conducted operations in the Eastern Pacific from 23 to 28 February 2010. Upon completion of INSURV the Lincoln continued its training cycle to prepare for a 2010 deployment in support of the nation's maritime strategy. Abraham Lincoln Completes TSTA and FEP” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100802-02 - Release Date: 8/2/2010 7:35:00 AM - By Ens. Zachary Thiesse, USS Momsen Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=55034
Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln received an overall grade of outstanding after successfully completing a TSTA and FEP from 19 April to 10 May 2010. The Afloat Training Team (ATG) Pacific evaluated Lincoln's crew during several complex unit level exercises, placing emphasis on the ship's Integrated Training Team (ITT)'s ability to conduct training and assess the ship's watch standing, warfighting and survival capabilities across all required warfare areas” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100512-22 - Release Date: 5/12/2010 4:44:00 PM - By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric Powell, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)).
“Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group conducted Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California from 23 July to 13 August 2010” (Ref. 76 & Story Number: NNS100813-09 - Release Date: 8/13/2010 2:52:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=55315
“Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group completed four major exercises frrom 27 to 28 July 2010 as part of COMPTUEX, flexing its muscles in surface, subsurface, and strike warfare simultaneously” (Ref. Story Number: NNS100730-04 - Release Date: 7/30/2010 11:19:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54986
“On 7 September 2010, Abraham Lincoln commenced her tenth “WestPac” deployment and her third North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 3rd Maritime Security Operations (MSO), supporting operations that are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity, on her 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her eighth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 377).
Chapter XXVI (7 September 2010 to 24 March 2011)
Part III of III - 24 March 2011 and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2010 YEAR END REPORT
Chapter XXVI, Appendix I
A Sailors Tale of His Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw
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31 December 2012)
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