COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) CompTuEx and CQ’s Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team (NPMTT) Drills, assessments and the pre-deployment ORSE off SOCAL OPAREA conducted by the NPMTT Team; conducting the Exercise Northern Edge, with CVW-14 CQ’s, en route to Alaska to conduct Exercise Northern Edge 2002, a multi-threat scenario acted out in Alaskan waters in the Gulf of Alaska and JTFEX off the coast of California during FEP-2 and Sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and 7th Fleet, her fifth Indian Ocean deployment, on her 1st North Arabian Sea deployment in support of her 1st Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the "military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, commencing on 7 October 2001, on her fifth Arabian/Persian Gulf deployment (two cruises to the area during deployment) in support of her 5th Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel in Iraq (24 July 2002 to 6 May 2003).
1 January 2002 to 6 May 2003
Part I of III - 1 January to 31 December 2002
Part II of III - 1 January to 5 May 2003
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2002 YEAR END REPORT
Abe’s Sixth “WestPac” deployment articles not included in the Narrative, Summary and Time Line presented in Chapter XV, 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 XV, Appendix II
MISSION ACCOMPLISHMEEITS/BRIEF SUMMARY
During CY 03, Abraham Lincoln performed the longest and most successful nuclear powered carrier deployment in Navy history. The Abraham Lincoln /Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) team provided superior support to Commander, Fifth Fleet during around-the-clock combat operations. Their support was crucial to the success our nation enjoyed during Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. These successes, achievements, and contributions were the result of a highly trained and motivated crew firmly committed to combat readiness. The leadership and innovation of Abraham Lincoln Sailors led to more than ten million dollars in cost savings and countless improvements in operational capability, material condition, and quality of life. The crew is dedicated to continued success and to the ideals exemplified in her motto "SHALL NOT PERISH." Abraham Lincoln completed a ten-month deployment to the Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. Persistent, well-managed maintenance and focused repair efforts, teamed with a dedicated crew, ensured Abraham Lincoln and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three met and exceeded all operational commitments while projecting American sea and air power whenever and wherever called upon. Specific accomplishments include:
*Deployed days: 290 (218 in FY03, longest CVN deployment ever)
*Total sorties flown: 16,500
*Total ordnance dropped on target: 1.865 million pounds
*Nautical miles steamed: 102,816 NM
*Total flight hours flown: 29,837
*Total Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) aircraft components repaired: 33,982
*Total Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance jobs performed: 1,479
EXTENDED DEPLOMENT FIRSTS
Not only did the men and women of the Abraham Lincoln set the pace during the war with Iraq, they achieved many carrier aviation "Firsts" including:
*First deployment of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets.
*First carrier deployment of Man Overboard Indicating system (MOBI).
*First carrier deployment of the new Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI) system.
*First large unit to complete smallpox vaccinations while deployed.
*The largest "Media Embed" on record; 31 External Media personnel embarked.
*First carrier to accomplish functional tele-radiography link with CONUS referral hospital via satellite.
Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD)
During the first night of Operation Iraq Freedom, ordnance personnel discovered broken linkages in seven BRU-32 Bomb Racks. AIMD initiated an investigation and discovered the broken linkages were caused by the release of 2,000-pound bombs. Applying Operational Risk Management (ORM) , AIMD’s Quality Assurance division quickly launched a Hazardous Material Support Engineering Investigation notifying NAVAIR, AIRPAC, and all of the in-theatre carriers. Abraham Lincoln’s actions were critical in minimizing impact on combat operations and could have possibly saved lives and aircraft. Deployed for 134 days during CY03, maintenance and upkeep of the weapon systems was crucial to the success Abraham Lincoln experienced during combat operations. AIMD maintained all 289 complex avionics benches at an availability rate of 98.3 percent. AIMD performed over 61,000 maintenance actions and achieved an impressive 71.3 percent repair rate, the highest rate of any CNAP CV deployer. Utilizing the new Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI) system, AIMD Power Plants was able to repair and successfully test 37 F414 / F404 valued at $112.5 million. AIMD also issued 90 engines which was instrumental in CVW-14's ability to maintain high fully mission capable rates. Concerning Production Control Innovations and Improvements, leading the way was AIMD’s Production Control that developed dependable lines of communication with their Persian Gulf AOR counterparts on USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-67). These efforts proved invaluable and allowed three Strike Groups to provide mutual repair and support capabilities. If one ship experienced a loss of capability, then both of the others were able to provide necessary in-theatre support.
In addition, AIMD provided over 40 critical repairs for CVW-2 and CVW-5 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. These repairs prevented the loss of valuable air assets during the intense air campaign. Repair Division and AIMD established one of the most capable BFIMA on record. Performing 1,479 maintenance actions in support of the Strike Group, Abraham Lincoln’s BFIMA team ensured total mission success of all units within the Strike Group. Some noteworthy accomplishments include:
*Assisted USS Reuben James (FFG-57) in repairing and aligning her AN/SPS-49 Air Search Radar just two days before Operation Iraqi Freedom began. This repair reestablished full air defense support for Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and saved the Navy over $70,000.00 in repair costs.
*Our BFIMA team performed 29 Fly Away Team repair assist actions and averted 13 CASREPs, thus ensuring the integrity of the Strike Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
*CVW-14's Helicopter Squadron HS-4 was experienced difficulty keeping rotor blade stabilizers from fracturing and causing severe damage under heavy wind conditions.
Repair Division provided a BFIMA supported endeavor to design and manufacture 20 intricate ball joints for the helicopter rotor stations. This 324 man-hour endeavor saved approximately $8,000 in replacement costs per incident.
*Assisted USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-67) by repairing FLIR, ALQ-126, ALR-67, and ALQ-99 components during combat operations in the North Arabian Sea.
For the deployment, AIMD’s Quality Assurance (Q/A) Division kept AIMD and CVW-14 up-to-date on all critical safety and maintenance issues by issuing over 1,400 technical directives. AIMD Q/A researched and submitted an Engineering Investigation for the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) control box, (AN/ASW-25). Shipboard technicians were unable to adjust or repair the control box according to procedures outlined in the manufacturer's manual. Initial response from the manufacturer indicated there was no problem with the manual or the control box. Further research by ship's Q/A personnel showed initial manufacturer's response was incorrect. AIMD’s Q/A Division efforts resulted in a fleet-wide interim fix that was distributed by the manufacturer and NAVAIR. In addition to the BFIMA team efforts, AIMD performed over 61,000 maintenance actions and achieved an amazing 71.3 percent repair rate, the highest rate of any CNAP CV deployed. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, maintained a 71 percent RFI rate.
*Averaged only six ExReps during that period.
*Production Control set priorities and managed superbly to attain the above superior numbers while supporting USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-67) with 40 critical repair and return RFI’s during the war.
*QA issued over 500 Technical Directives.
*Maintenance Admin processed over 8,000 items of correspondence.
*Power Plants repaired 37 F414/F404 engines valued at $112.5 million and issued 90 engines of all type model series. Oil Lab performed over 400 BFIMA actions.
*Airframes and Hydraulics repaired over 1,950 items saving over $200,000.00 in depot level composite repairs.
*Paraloft performed over 450 BFIMA repairs and provided superior support to CVW-14 and all DV’s throughout the deployment.
*Avionics provided the following:
- SHOP 1 Generators: Impressive 750 RFI’s while maintaining a volatile MA-2 bench.
- SHOP 3 ECM: Assisted Kitty Hawk in the repair of 18 ALQ-126 RT’s and ALR-67 computers.
- SHOP 4 FLIR: Groomed all F/A-18 FLIR systems prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Repaired six Optic Stabilizers for USS Constellation (CV-64).
- SHOP 4A MICRO MIN: Over 6,000 2M repairs supporting all shops, repaired 40 SINS cables for Combat Systems.
- SHOP 5 ATE: Maintained the best E2C radar readiness of all time. 2,150 RFI’s.
- SHOP 6: Provided Awesome TARPS availability.
- SHOP 7 RADAR: Maintained a 90 percent RFI rate during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- SHOP 8 CASS: Number one production shop in AIMD! Repaired over 2,300 items.
- SHOP 9 COM/NAV: Had over 1,676 RFI's with an 87 percent RFI rate. Maintained the Captain's ARC-182.
- SHOP10 ELECTRICAL: Outstanding NVG repair rate. Performed 62 BFIMA repairs.
- SHOP 11 CALIBRATION: Monitored 9,300 shipboard and air wing calibration items. Completed over 4,000 cal actions.
- SHOP 12 CORROSION: Superior corrosion work as well as maintained 100 departmental spaces.
- SHOP 15 ORDIES: Monitored 2,400 AAE items and had a 97 percent repair rate.
- SHOP 18: VAQ-139 says they provide the best support. Repaired four ALQ-99 transmitters for Kitty Hawk. Support Equipment provided a 98 percent availability rate. Not one sortie missed due to unavailability. Painted the NASCAR #21 tractor and the Christmas tractor.
- SEA OP DET provided the necessary skills to support CVW-14 from Whidbey, Lemoore, Oceana, Point Mugu and North Island AIMD’s. A total of 145 Sailors joined the AIMD team and were key in building the Navy's finest AIMD.
Air Department technicians worked tirelessly keeping the flight deck fully mission capable throughout deployment. During combat operations in the Gulf, inspections of the arresting gear cables revealed a premature deterioration of the #4 cable. The #4 cable was disabled to prevent any aircraft from using it in this unsafe condition. After 18 hours of sustained flight operations ended at 02:30 AM, Air Department's V-2 Division performed an emergency re-reeve of arresting gear number four. Working through the night, the V-2 Sailors accomplished the daunting task just prior to the next day's first strike. The Air Department continues to be the finest in the fleet, with the hardworking Aviation Boatswain's Mates leading the charge to support DPIA. Air Department's Aviation Fuels Division completed an at sea combat repair to #4 service filter crossconnect valve and repaired damage caused by a fire in #5 service pump motor controller during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Both depot level repairs were performed at the peak of combat operations. V-1 has performed the quality assurance monitoring of non-skid application to 97 percent of the flight deck encompassing 152,745 square feet. Additionally, the division has completed the complete refurbishment of 22 light locker tops, 75 percent of all flight deck coaming, six crash and salvage hose baskets, two division spaces and partial refurbishments of 330 square feet of island structure.
Combat Systems Department
During preparations for Operation Iraqi Freedom, CS-5 Division was tasked to provide communication support to the Royal British Navy. This tasking required that the Royal Navy's secure “Brent” telephone interface with Abraham Lincoln’s communications suite to allow compatible transmissions compatible with other Royal Navy secure telephones and units. Other Strike Groups had never successfully accomplished this type of joint operation despite several attempts. The Royal Navy submariners embarked Abraham Lincoln, established communications via the "Brent phone circuit and were able to successfully execute Tomahawk tasking to British submarines. Shortly after establishing connectivity, a shore-based casualty occurred disabling Abraham Lincoln’s ability to transmit U.S. Tomahawk tasking to ships in the Strike Group. The entire mission was then transmitted and executed through the British secure circuit and further relayed to U.S. ships in the Strike Group. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Abraham Lincoln was designated Force Over-the-horizon Track Coordinator (FOTC). Abraham Lincoln’s main responsibility was to maintain the "big picture with respect to all surface, subsurface, and air platforms being reported by all coalition ships in the operating area. While conducting combat operations, a problem with the FOTC database caused the computer to randomly crash.
After weeks of troubleshooting, it was discovered that a software fault limited the number of units that could report tracks to the database. Abraham Lincoln Sailors identified the problem, aggressively pursued a work around, and thus enabled the Strike Group Commander uninterrupted surface, subsurface, and air intelligence data. During deployment, Abraham Lincoln worked to ensure all critical maintenance functions supporting the air wing and strike group were carried out with the highest levels of quality and success. Prior to the start of hostilities in Iraq, the AN/USC-38 Extremely High Frequency (EHF) antenna system slip ring assembly failed. Sailors re-routed the EHF circuit channel to an unused slip ring (normally a depot level job) restoring EHF satellite connectivity to the Battle Group Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) circuit. This repair was crucial to the success of Abraham Lincoln Strike Groups initial strikes in the "shock & awe campaign" of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Combat Systems Department corrected over 50 casualties to various fire control systems while maintaining a 98 percent total equipment operational readiness posture. Performing over 1,200 PMS checks, they ensured Abraham Lincoln’s defensive weapon systems were ready for any possible threat. Leading the way in morale enhancement, Combat Systems Department created a Video Tele-Training (VTT) program that allowed the crew the opportunity to communicate with loved ones by video teleconference. This program greatly improved crew morale throughout the extended deployment. Over 2,000 Sailors and family members from Abraham Lincoln and CVW-14 took part in the program. Combat Systems' CS-5 Division administered the program and maintained all VTT equipment. Sailors from Combat Systems Department provided flawless telephone service for the Secret Service, White House staff, and White House media during President Bush's visit. Installing over 5,000 feet of temporary phone lines to the flight deck, flight deck island, and hangar bay, they assisted with technical set-up for the first presidential address from an underway ship ensuring the address went on time and on queue.
Maintaining ship's readiness during deployment was a key factor to Abraham Lincoln’s success. Deck and Supply Department conducted over 40 underway replenishment (UNREP) evolutions transferring over 6,000 pallets of stores and ammunition and 30 million gallons of JP-5 fuel. Their combined efforts ensured autonomous sustainability of the ship and air wing, while maintaining fully stocked magazines in support of combat operations. All UNREP operations were completed without a single mishap. Simulating small boat attacks in preparation for operations in the Arabian Sea, the ready lifeboat crew conducted two small boat exercises during the FY03 deployment. Due to superb upkeep, maintenance, and training, Abraham Lincoln boat crew subsequently aided USS Shiloh (CG-67) Boat Officer during one exercise when their boat became disabled while under simulated attack. As the test platform for the new MOBI system,
Abraham Lincoln’s boat crews provided invaluable feedback to the OPNAV staff regarding the MOBI system. During an UNREP with USS Paul Hailton (DDG-60), Abraham Lincoln’s Re-fueling Station 21 experienced a casualty on the high-line tensioning winch. This casualty prevented the ship from supplying needed fuel to smaller Strike Group ships. In minimal time, Deck Department Sailors conducted a rigorous overhaul of the unit. The following day their efforts culminated with the successful refuel of Paul Hailton. Deck Department consists of three divisions with 112 personnel that are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the ship's sides and over 100 spaces. The department maintains and operates eight underway replenishment stations, ship's boats, the boat and airplane crane, and two anchor systems.
Deck Department engineers repaired casualties to the boat and airplane crane and Station 9 Sliding Padeye while deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. Deck Department Crane Crew safely conducted all deployment and recovery of all stores and small boats. The crane currently remains in lay up for DPIA 03 and will be load tested at the conclusion of FY03 Maintenance Period. During UNREP operations Station 9 sliding padeye ball nut retainer capscrews sheared from the carriage assembly. In coordination with Port Hueneme technical representatives, Deck Department Engineers undertook depot level troubleshooting and repair while Deck Riggers removed the ball screw and nut from the overhead. Deck engineers repaired Station 9 carriage assembly and electric motor unit initiating a departure from specifications. Subsequently, the sliding padeye operated flawlessly and aided transferring of over 2,000 pallets of ammunition and stores. In addition to rigging Station 9 Sliding Padeye Deck Riggers transferred into place a two-ton fire pump and numerous compressor fans for two of the ships air conditioning units. Their expertise ensured the ship's firemain and air conditioning systems were fully operational.
Deck Department's ready lifeboat crew conducted two small boat exercises during deployment simulating small boat attacks in preparation for operations in the Arabian Sea. Due to superb upkeep, maintenance, and training, Abraham Lincoln’s Boat Crew subsequently aided Shiloh’s Boat Officer during one exercise as their boat became disabled during the simulated attack. Additionally, as the test platform for the new Man Overboard Indicator System, Abraham Lincoln’s boat crew was able to provide invaluable input to the CNO during his visit while on deployment.
Deck Department conducted over 40 replenishment-at-sea evolutions transferring over 6,000 pallets of stores and ammunition and 30 million gallons of fuel to ensure sustainability of the ship and air wing as well as maintain fully stocked magazines in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. All operations were completed without personal injury or serious damage to equipment and resulted in maintaining the highest state of readiness.
Once again, UNREP operations, Station 9's sliding padeye ball nut retainer cap screws sheared off from the carriage assembly. In coordination with NAVSEA Tech Reps, Deck Department Sailors undertook depot level troubleshooting and repair procedures to avert a major CASREP. Personnel worked around-the-clock repairing the carriage assembly and electric motor unit, and initiated an approved departure from specifications.
The repairs ensured critical UNREP equipment was fully operational for the remainder of the extended deployment. Maintaining the boat and airplane crane was vital to the ship's successful midcruise maintenance period and extended deployment. While anchored in Perth, Australia during heavy operation, an unusual noise and erratic movement was heard coming from the crane.
Deck Department Sailors quickly troubleshot and correctly identified the problem as a severed rotational cable-connecting pin. The Sailors were able to expedite repair, ensuring continued operation of the crane to support the flight deck nonskid refurbishment project. Assisting Reactor Department with installing a 2,500 lb Fire and Flushing Pump, Deck Department riggers transported the equipment from the main deck to the seventh deck Aft Main Machinery Room. Additionally, Deck riggers removed, replaced, and re-installed an 1,800 lb Main Air Conditioning Compressor. This job required moving the compressor 150 frames and five decks to A/C Machinery Room #3. Habitability work by Deck Department's paint team was top-notch, as they completed the preservation of 124 spaces totaling over 84,000 square feet. Deck Department also completed the refurbishment of both boat booms, the B&A Crane Deck, fueling at-sea sponsons, line handling stations, and numerous other departmental spaces.
Dental Department augmented with Medical Department's Watch, Quarter, and Station Bill during all General Quarters and Mass Casualty drills and provided support to the Ship's Surgeon during medical emergencies and supplied a certified Basic Life Support instructor to teach and certify Abraham Lincoln Sailors in CPR. Additionally, the department provided personnel for the Medical Training Team and conducted training in CBR Defense, First Aid, and safe transportation of patients. During deployment, the Dental Department made three deployments to USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Shiloh (CG-67) and USS Fletcher (DD-992). These three deployments allowed 157 patients to receive otherwise unavailable dental services in theater while underway in the Arabian Gulf.
During the in port upkeep maintenance availability in Perth, Australia, the Weld Shop performed CASREP repairs to Catapult #1 accumulator drain piping; normally a depot level repair. With the help of stateside engineers, the Weld Shop was able to install a three-inch long radius elbow using permanent backing rings (within 12 hours of receiving the part) and thus avoided a catapult CASREP. The reliability of the Aircraft Electrical Starting Stations (AESS) was an absolutely vital and irreplaceable link in the ships ability to perform its mission. During OIF, ships force electricians maintained 39 Flight Deck AESS. Access to the flight deck was very limited, not only due to the flight operations schedule, but also due to adverse weather conditions. Despite the narrow windows of opportunity, E-Division electricians were able to perform 553 repairs with only 850 total hours of flight deck access time.
During the maintenance availability in Perth, Australia, the Machine Shop assisted PSNS engineers in the rebuild and replacement of the #4 Main Engine Attached Lube Oil Pump. Sailors worked tirelessly replacing three shafts, two worm drive gear sets, and six bearing assemblies, all in under 36 hours. During OIF, Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) #1 failed due to improper manufacture of an actuator base that opens and closes the deflector. Approximately 15 feet of 2.5 inch and 3 inch cooling piping and 16 braze fittings were destroyed in the casualty. Working around-the-clock, departmental personnel were able to repair the JBD and begin Catapult #1 flight operations within 12 hours of the casualty.
Auxiliary Division's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (AC&R) Division performed unprecedented maintenance for a deployed carrier. Through perseverance and technical skill, the division overhauled two 7-ton refrigeration compressors that had failed during the deployment, normally a depot level project. Auxiliary Division personnel routinely corrected equipment malfunctions on air conditioning, refrigeration, freezer, and chiller box units by troubleshooting and replacing strainer cartridges, thermal expansion valves, and power valve assemblies.
Auxiliary Division maintained perfect reliability throughout deployment. While in port Singapore, Abraham Lincoln experienced a failure he #3 Ship's Service Turbine Generator (SSTG) Auxiliary Lube Pump. NAVSEA technical experts recommended a depot level .ir and estimated replacing the drive shaft and bevel gears on the pump would take at least 150 man-hours to complete. Scheduled to get underway within 24 hours, four Reactor Machinery Division personnel completed necessary repairs in just 63 man-hours, with zero rework required. Repacked over 150-catapult steam valves while underway, improving catapult system integrity and allowing over 13,000 successful catapult launches during the extended deployment.
Additionally, they performed depot level repairs on six hot water heaters, saving $25,000.00 in repair costs. Other significant events include:
*Two 363-ton Centrifugal A/C plant reduction gear overhauls, utilizing 500 man-hours and saving the Navy over $300,000.00 in outsourcing.
*Two 7-ton refrigeration plant compressor internal inspections and repair, utilizing 250 man-hours and saving the Navy $20,000.00 in repair costs.
*Performed underway repairs to the following Air Department equipment: 12 aircraft elevator stanchion banks, eight sets of elevator platform locks, four deck-edge doors and two hangar bay divisional doors.
*Conducted complete overhauls of #2, #3 and #4 High Pressure Air Compressors after multiple failures due to manufacturing and installation defects. The overhauls expended nearly 100 man-hours and saved the Navy over $50,000.00 in repair costs.
*By installing rubber sheathing on aircraft elevators wire rope cable hitch points, they made a required maintenance check obsolete saving hundreds of man-hours.
Engineering personnel researched and performed complex depot level maintenance on the ship's anchor windlass and steering machinery. Their efforts ensured the equipment was 100 percent operational at all times during the deployment. In addition, technicians responded 24 hours a day to operational casualties in aircraft elevators, ship electrical systems, and countless other vital ship auxiliary systems. Abraham Lincoln’s BFIMA coordinators worked closely with Repair Division in the stand-up and implementation of the following industrial equipment improvements to the Sheet Metal Shop, Pipe Shop, and Machine Shop:
*Hossfield Bender: a tool that bends radii and angles on a wide variety of shapes ranging from small rods to pipes and tubing to flat stock and angle iron.
*Electro Arc Disintegrator: equipment electrically removes taps, drill bits, and other hardened materials.
*Rockwell Hardness Tester: measures the specific molecular density properties of a particular metal and gives the ship's workforce the ability to certify the hardness of metals in specialized repairs.
*Hermes Laser-Cutting System: allows a wide range of comprehensive fabrications and precision machining on a wide variety of materials including fabrication of three dimensional parts and components. This laser technology will also operate as an independent engraving machine and made in the manufacture of instruction and safety placards throughout the ship.
*Motor Re-Wind Machine: enables the overhaul and testing of A/C and DC motors. This new machine will save hundreds of man-hours in speed of operation and increase BFIMA capabilities allowing larger three phase motor overhauls.
Some of the additional capabilities that proved to be invaluable for support of Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and Air Wing were spearheaded by Engineering Department:
Repair Division designed, manufactured, and installed a permanent fitting for a list control tank that took four hours to fill due to original design problems. These fittings cut the fill time down to one hour. Currently under review and planned for fleet-wide installation, a recommendation was made by Abraham Lincoln to NAVSEA and York Corp., for the relocation of the cooling water source for three installed A/C plants from the third deck to a local supply. This relocation will prevent inadvertent isolation of the cooling source. Sailors from the Pipe Shop designed and installed a new C02 distribution system for the crew mess-deck soda fountain machines allowing repairs on one machine while the other remained operational.
Deck Department designed a new sling assembly for the Super Hornet's F414 engine container (first deployment of this engine). NAVSEA engineers later approved this sling for fleetwide use. Natural decay of food stored inside the Frame-44 reefer trunk would cause high levels of C02 to build up on the fourth through sixth decks. These reefer boxes only had a re-circulating A/C unit installed with no supply or exhaust ventilation. Personnel loading and unloading stores complained of headaches after spending even small amounts of time in the space. Gas free checks of the space revealed C02 levels of 16% or greater. Upon researching the ventilation system design, it was determined that this reefer should have been designed with a supply and exhaust ventilation system which was overlooked during construction.
Engineering Department designed and installed a vent pipe upstream of the A/C unit, allowing the reefer to continuously exhaust with no impact on reefer box temperatures.
This single action eliminated the high C02 levels and saved an average 50 man-hours per incident. This change has been submitted to NAVSEA for approval and installation on all Nimitz class carriers. Utilizing the Navy's premier 'Waste not, Want not" program, Ready Resource Material Management (RRM), Abraham Lincoln coordinated with CNAP and located all required resources, at no cost to the command. This initiative saved the Navy more than $235,000.00 in Hull Maintenance and Electrical (HM&E) Repairables. Items ranged from simple braze fittings to a $40,000.00 package A/C and heating unit, to $48,000.00 in parts to rehabilitate the heads onboard the ship. Saving the Navy an estimated $100,000.00 and several weeks of delivery time, Engineering Sailors repaired 25 Output Alignment Box cables. These cables were required to allow strike aircraft to update navigation data prior to mission launch in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Showing great innovation, Repair Division established a Departmental Ships Force Availability System. This system has allowed departments to prioritize and schedule work within their assigned availability. The following statistics apply:
*Sheet-metal/weld Shop - 960 maintenance actions, 11,520 man-hours.
*Carpenter Shop - 240 maintenance actions, 1,920 man-hours.
*Pipe Shop - 2,400 maintenance actions, 14,400 man-hours.
*Machine Shop - 288 maintenance actions, 3,456 man-hours.
*Engraving - 3,360 maintenance actions, 2,016 man-hours.
*Locksmith - 960 maintenance actions, 1,152 man-hours.
The ship's 2M-repair facility received 115 Circuit Card Assemblies for repair. Utilizing the Huntron Tracker, Gold Disk, and expert technicians, successfully repaired 57 circuit cards, averting seven CASREPS and saved the Navy more than $170,000.00.
While in port Freemantle, Australia, the Hydraulics workshop, EAO1, completed maintenance on aircraft elevators that included greasing cables, hitch points, girders, stanchions, platform locks and other associated machinery. They also used this in port period to groom the anchor windlass units, deck edge divisional doors, calibrate the port and starboard steering rudder position indicators at all control stations, and reset the speed of travel to normal specifications on all aircraft elevators.
After this short but much needed maintenance period, EA0l ended the three and a half months of continuous days at sea with all equipment one hundred percent operational. The arduous work did not stop once the ship returned to her homeport of Everett, WA. EA0l continued to overhaul and preserve all four aircraft elevator stanchion banks and platform locks and associated joints and linkages, replace all aircraft elevator heat exchanger sea water cut-out valves and complete over three hundred repair jobs in the ship's force work list during DPIA. Additionally, several upgrades were completed by depot level activities including: installation of rubber sheathing on aircraft elevator wire rope hitch points, refurbishment of steering rudders and rudder posts and bearings, sand blasting and powder coating of the anchors and chains. heir expertise and technical knowledge in hydraulic systems ensured Abraham Lincoln was able to continue and complete her assigned mission.
Auxiliary Division's Galley and Laundry Maintenance shop, EA02, developed and installed a new soda fountain drink supply system. The refrigeration compressor unit for the aft walk-in reefer was replaced along with six ice machine evaporators.
As a result of the outstanding condition of the galley and laundry equipment, Abraham Lincoln once again won the coveted Ney Award in 2003 for food excellence. This award only magnified the solid teamwork and cooperation between the Supply and Engineering Department.
Auxiliary Division's AC&R, EA03, made their mark on Abraham Lincoln’s readiness by performing maintenance that was unheard of for a deployed carrier. Prior to entering an extreme environment of the Arabian Gulf, EA03 technicians chemically cleaned and de-scaled the five refrigeration condensers to provide optimal cooling for critical combat systems, aviation operations planning equipment, and crew living spaces. Additionally, EA03 overhauled two 363-ton A/C compressor and two 7-ton refrigeration compressors while deployed, a job normally executed at the depot level. They routinely corrected equipment problems on air conditioning, refrigeration, freezer, and chiller box units by troubleshooting, and replacing strainer cartridges, thermal expansion valves, and power valve assemblies. Overall, they successfully answered 450 A/C trouble calls throughout the deployment. A direct result of their pride ownership led to maximum equipment readiness and a high level of crew morale, comfort, and combat readiness. Auxiliary Division's Cryogenics Oxygen and Nitrogen (02N2) shop, EA06, continued to produce ample amounts of oxygen for pilots and nitrogen for their aircraft tires throughout the remainder of the deployment. EA06 technicians have written 25 controlled work packages in support of 02 cleanliness and 180 work authorization forms (WAF) with 90% requiring tagouts to upgrade and repair essential equipment. They also overhauled four cryogenic pumps, cleaned and inspected both lube oil coolers, repaired fifteen 02N2 plant valves and removed twelve relief valves and two pressure switches for testing and calibration. Their perseverance and attention to detail guaranteed 100 percent turnaround rate for two operational 02N2 plants. EA06 personnel continued to take on the responsibility of providing filter-cleaning services for the entire ship resulting in improved ventilation.
Due to their unique skills, EA06 positively impacted Abraham Lincoln’s operations throughout the course of the year. Technicians in Auxiliary Division's Outside Repair Shop, EA08, positively impacted crew morale by replacing over 200 faucets, scuttlebutts, showerheads, and other ship amenities. Additionally, they renovated all waste processor rooms and all compress melt units (CMUs) in order to increase the amount of trash, garbage, and plastic processed by the ship supporting the Navy's regulations regarding environmental protection. EA08 technicians also assisted NAVSEA installation teams in the conversion of all eleven conveyors to the Navy's Smart Carrier System. This conversion will improve the safe operation of Abraham Lincoln’s vertical package conveyors.
Auxiliary Division's Catapult Steam workshop, EA10, never ceases to amaze the division. Due to their drive and perseverance, EA10 ensured continued flight operations by meticulously overhauling 30 steam valves and completing repairs on 60 other steam valves to maintain catapult steam pressure. These efforts supported 2,122 launch cycles on CAT #I, 13,135 launch cycles on CAT #2, 24,907 launch cycles on CAT #3, and 34,023 launch cycles on CAT #4. Not only did they assist in flight operations, but they also ensured hot water heaters were operational to provide hot water for the crew. During the ship's availability, EA10 assisted in the removal and replacement of 15 water heaters and 45 gauges. In addition, they prepared their spaces to successfully pass the Material Condition Assessment allowing the ship's reactor to be started.
Damage Control (DC) Division
Damage Control Division has had as many as 48 Sailors and as few as 36 assigned throughout the year. The division's primary mission is to train the crew in all aspects of fire fighting and damage control, as well as protecting against CBR attacks. DC division qualified more than 2,200 Sailors in basic and advanced damage control. The division also comprises 75% of the ship's Flying Squad. Using quick response, keen situational awareness, and technical expertise the Flying Squad provides early damage control intervention to minimize damage to the ship and maximize the safety of the crew. Their proficiency was evident during deployment by superb response to three class "Alpha" fires, two flooding incidents, seven toxic gas responses, five hazardous material spills, and numerous miscellaneous electrical fires. Additionally, many team members integrated with Abraham Lincoln’s in port emergency team to combat a major fire during an overseas port visit. Their immediate actions, leadership and professionalism resulted in the flawless containment and extinguishment of the fire, thus preventing major degradations to Nr 4 Aircraft Elevator and associated spaces.
Furthermore, the Flying Squad provided primary response protection during 18 underway replenishments that included the transfer of approximately 17 million gallons of aviation fuel and over eight million pounds of ordnance. The squad additionally serves as the back up fire fighting team for flight deck, hanger bay, and aircraft mishaps. The Flying Squad, led by the ship's Fire Marshal, CW02 Swain, and Scene Leader, DC2 (SW) Richardson were awarded the 2002 Allen G. Ogden Fire Fighting Award in the Large Ship Float Command category for their expertise and service.
Damage Control Division is comprised of three work centers, ED11, ER04 and ED40. ED11 is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and inventory of 10 damage control repair stations (DCRSs), 22 damage control unit lockers (DCULs), and the entire CBR allotment for ship's company and embarked air wing personnel. ED11 alone is accountable for more than $12 million in equipment. In April they collected 5500 MCU-2/P gas masks and other assorted CBR equipment as the ship returned from OIF operations. Their precision allowed for maintaining 100 percent accountability during the extended deployment.
The day after returning this group of Sailors immediately aided The Sigmon Group (TSG) in the offload of all equipment from two DCRS’s in preparation for the Smart Carrier upgrades as well as removing all the CBR gear. The CBR gear was collected and offloaded to support the CBR Readiness Improvement Program (CBR-RIP) . Under CBR-RIP all gear was cleaned, tagged, inventoried, and subdivided into individual protective equipment (IPE) bags, ensuring the optimum degree of readiness for assigned IPE and giving Abraham Lincoln the capability to sustain an enhanced level of CBR readiness. ER04 and ER12 were consolidated into a single Fixed Systems shop. They are responsible for all installed fire fighting systems (HALON, AFFF, APC, C02) as well as fire main and list control systems. These Sailors manage in excess of 90,000 gallons of potable water in the list control system.
Throughout OIF they professionally maintained Abraham Lincoln fighting trim to ensure mishap-free flight operations. This included 14,153 mishap free aircraft refueling evolutions, 12,130 aircraft launches and recoveries which resulted in 10,197 aircraft sorties and 31,610 flight hours in support of fleet tasking. A majority their work was completed during DPIA 03. The firemain system was overhauled and numerous new and rebuilt valves installed to make it a more reliable system. List control was upgraded as part of the 'Smart Carrier' initiative to make system operation a little easier on the watch standers. This upgrade includes integrating new and existing sensors on list control pumps, tank level indicators, motor operated valves and fluid pressure transducers providing remote monitoring and system operations. All 20 installed AFFF station terrazzo decks were replaced with an epoxy/enamel paint coating system, resistant to corrosion caused by AFFF. For ER04 much of the real work begins as DPAI draws to an end. All were brought out of lay-up and tested to ensure we had 94 percent seawater to six percent AFFF concentrate mixture to fight fuel oil and flight deck fires. Additionally, the HALON system was brought back online in preparations for JP-5 on loads, providing firefighting protection for this vital ship system. ED40 is the Damage Control Petty Officer (DCPO) work center. They are the point of contact for the DC maintenance conducted by all shipboard divisions, responsible for 69 Divisional Damage Control Petty Officers.
Repair Division consists of six work centers mustering 56 personnel in the Hull Maintenance and Machinery Repairman ratings. The Repair Officer, LTJG Jay Henson, is responsible for ensuring Abraham Lincoln met all requirements per JFMM 4790.3 CH-5. Additionally, the Repair Officer is responsible for all Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity (BFIMA) repairs, as well as implementing a QA program that ensured all work accomplished by Repair Division met the material and workmanship requirements of approved plans and specifications. Repair Division LCPO, along with HTC Cook, HTC Swem, and MRC Salas are responsible for the coordination, planning, and tracking of all repair efforts aboard all vessels currently in Abraham Lincoln strike group.
Training, certification, and proficiency in the Craftsman's specialized skills are tracked and adjustments are made to ensure Lincoln can render assistance to any vessel in need. Repair Division made tremendous contributions to the successful and historic ten-month deployment, including correcting over 300 trouble calls weekly on habitability issues, completing major repairs to ship's equipment and non-safety of flight reports, and provided battle group aircraft maintenance. Routine work consisted of simple engraving requests that number in the hundreds monthly, to carpentry and fine wood working used in awarding individuals and distinguished visitors alike. Emergent jobs have only honed the skills of our bright technicians, who have repeatedly made depot level repairs to systems that have catastrophically failed due to life cycles and improper design and fabrication of systems and components. Included, is identifying the source of those failures as quality assurance representatives for evaluation and referral.
The Pipe/CHT Shop, whose responsibility is to keep the CHT system operational at all times, paid strict attention to every problem associated with the sewage system. The shop accumulated over 5,000 trouble calls during the year. The shop completed major overhauls to all four CHT Eddy pumps. After analyzing costs of seal cartridge replacements and frequency, the decision was made to seek out possible causes of advanced wear. It was found that the seal to shaft tolerances were outside of design limits. Pipe Shop sleeved the pump casings and performed a weld buildup and machining of the shaft to bring tolerances within specification.
The Pipe/CHT Shop also replaced ten mercury type float switches while underway in order to restore the CHT system to full automatic operation. In order to save costly man-hours and materials, they designed a program of stringent qualifications and 12 Operational Risk Management (ORM) Procedures to allow Lincoln to perform depot level hydro blasting processes. This process has saved over $500,000.00 annually and enhanced the working operation of numerous piping systems on board to include forward and aft sculleries, galleys, and all drainage systems in ALRE spaces frequently clogged by grease and non-skid. The design of the ORM briefs for CHT sensor change out, hydro blasting and CHT maintenance has effectively reduced occupational injuries and made aware the hazards associated with CHT maintenance.
Pipe Shop currently maintains eight qualified brazers to support the fabrication, installation, and corrective maintenance on all brazed shipboard-piping systems. The Ship-fitter, Sheet Metal and Weld Shop is the work horse of Repair Division with regards to self-help space improvement projects, welding on critical piping systems, hull structures, and pump shaft repairs.
The Weld Shop has completed over 1,300 ships force and depot level maintenance actions. During deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, Catapults #2 and #3 developed leaks due to in service wear and corrosion of a two inch trough heating drain.
Both catapults were taken down and repairs were made with the help of the Machine Shop manufacturing all of the parts in accordance with ASME standards. During in port upkeep maintenance availability in Perth, Australia, the Weld Shop performed CASREP repairs to Catapult #1 accumulator drain piping, normally depot level work, installing a three inch long radius elbow using permanent backing rings within 12 hours of receiving the part. Weld Shop personnel replaced a welded backstop on Aircraft Electrical Service Station #2 ballistic hatch. The hatch is manufactured form High Yield Carbon Steel and requires stringent welding controls and qualifications to maintain its brittle fracture limitations. Per a new Xerox contract for the replacement of all photocopiers on the ship, the Weld Shop manufactured and installed all mounting hardware to permanently install the copiers and ensure compliance with all warranty requirements. The shop recently designed and manufactured two lockers for over 700 pounds of weight lifting and aerobic equipment needed for the new fitness and weight loss programs sponsored by the ships MWR Office.
The Machine Shop is an IMA level facility that has the ability to manufacture parts allowed by specifications. They have completed over 450 ships force and depot level maintenance actions. Included is the manufacture of much non-safety of flight parts for various aircraft and support equipment throughout the ship, battle group, and air wing squadrons. From manufacturing a part from raw materials to detailed repairs of critical and vital pieces or components for the Reactor, Engineering, Air, Weapons, and Deck departments, the Machine Shop's ability to turn out a quality product is a cornerstone in supporting the material condition of the ship.
The Machine Shop dismantled the entire assembly and brought all tolerances within specifications. During a maintenance availability in Perth, Australia, the Machine Shop assisted a depot repair team that was flown in from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the rebuild and replacement of components of #4 Main Engine Attached Lube Oil Pump. Without the services of the Machine Shop, the depot level repairs would not have been successful, and the main engine would not have been restored to full operational capability.
The Engraving Shop performed over 3,600 engraving requests for the ship as well as supporting other commands in the battle group. Their expertise ranges anywhere from nametags and nameplates for plaques to operating instructions for equipment and signs for passageways and doors. In particular, the shop provided extensive support in preparation for Abraham Lincoln’s Edward F. Ney food service excellence competition.
The Carpenter Shop is responsible for mass-producing wooden plaques, shadow boxes, photo boards, picture frames, and podiums.
Carpenter Shop supervisors estimated, planned, supervised, and coordinated 15 personnel in the construction and painting of a 1,010 sq-ft presidential stage, 2,215 sq-ft media platform, 1,800 sq-ft tiered platform, two 1,200 lb camera platforms, and three 112 sq-ft speaker tables. The Repair Team worked diligently with White House representatives to construct various platform settings for the President's address to the nation from the flight deck. White House Representatives procured 14,538 sq-ft of building material and estimated a minimum of 1200 man-hours to complete the platforms in four days. Within the first two days of construction, two 1,800 sq-ft tiered platforms, and 1,010 sq-ft presidents1 stage were completed and painted in only five hours. Once layout was finalized, the repair team completed construction of the 2,215 sq-ft media platforms and 1,200 lb camera bases, with all work finished in less than 864 man-hours, using only 5,639 sq-ft of material and saving 8,889 sq-ft of building material for future use. Additionally, the shop completed over 100 ships force and depot level maintenance actions. They are responsible for the fine woodwork on both the Captains Gig and the Admirals Gig.
The Locksmith Shop is comprised of two highly trained and motivated Machinery Repairmen who have been hand selected to attend civilian schools to learn the art of locksmithing. They have completed over 800 ships force level maintenance actions. They have specialized training in various types of lock mechanisms to include armored locks, security containers, GSA approved locking devices, and cipher electronic locking mechanisms. The locksmiths have a unique specialty in the field of safe combination cracking and disarming. They have been trained and given the tools to disable and disarm any safe or secured container in the US Government. The Repair Officer and Leading Chief Petty Officer implemented a daily program to personally inspect all 103 heads on board Abraham Lincoln to address and correct significant quality of life issues. This program ensures proper operation and service of the CHT system, 470 sinks, 193 urinals, 399 water closets, and 334 showers on board the ship. They were also able to identify a systematic ship-wide removal of urinals.
Repair Division takes exceptional pride in personally recognizing it's most valuable asset, Repair Personnel.
The Legal Department experienced considerable personnel growth in 2003. All enlisted Sailors in the Legal Department earned their primary warfare pins and an additional 67 percent earned their secondary warfare pins. The Legal Department managed a significant military justice caseload during the “WestPac” Deployment. The department spearheaded a robust command disciplinary program, maintaining good order and discipline through the expeditious processing of more than 300 report chits, 5 Summary Courts-Martial, and 19 administrative separations. The Command Judge Advocate provided Legal Assistance counseling to over 250 crewmembers, and with the assistance of NLSO Northwest attorneys, provided estate planning documents including wills, living wills, medical care directives and durable powers of attorney to over 200 crewmembers. Under the leadership and guidance of the Command Judge Advocate, the Legal Department spearheaded a shipwide pre-deployment legal readiness program, providing over 3,500 wills and powers of attorney to the crew and their families. Through its commitment to legal service excellence, the Legal Department actively recruited and registered more than 200 voters at bi-weekly command indoctrination.
Additionally, the Legal Department assisted in administering expert legal services to Abraham Lincoln and embarked air wing Sailors, providing notaries, powers-of-attorneys and naturalization and immigration documents. Finally, an aggressive Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with Electronic Filing (ELF) capacity was established to aid crewmembers in filing 2002 federal and state income taxes, saving Sailors thousands of dollars in filing expenses.
Through drive, dedication, and innovation, Abraham Lincoln’s Legal Department assisted Sailors by providing 689 notaries and 590 power of attorneys. The Legal Assistance Attorney provided services to 337 clients by providing services for divorce, separations, custody, nonsupport, paternity, adoptions, name change, wills, estate planning, living will, immigration, visa, citizenship, and military rights and benefits. Abraham Lincoln’s innovative Tax Center (run by 14 volunteers) helped. Strike Group Sailors file their tax returns while on deployment. Almost all returns were electronically filed from the ship while underway. These services were free of charge resulting in over $1.6 million in tax refunds.
Abraham Lincoln’s Medical Department spearheaded a series of Anthrax and Smallpox vaccinations. These vaccinations were administered to the entire crew, air wing, and all other ships in the strike group. The Medical Department keenly planned and executed this massive undertaking with minimal impact on preparations for upcoming hostilities. This evolution enabled the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group to enter the Arabian Gulf fully combat ready for any contingency that might arise.
Medical Department started the new year with a fairly full and seasoned complement of nine officers and 41 ship and squadron Hospital Corpsmen. First order of business was a working port visit to Perth, Australia where they took the opportunity to consult several urgent and chronic cases to the local medical specialists—with great results from the local providers under the new TRICARE/International SOS support contract. They attempted to restock on critical shortages, and found most items available.
Abraham Lincoln left port healthier than it had been in several months; despite the fact the crew still required several immunizations for the return to operational theater. After Perth, readiness preparations were key priorities. Anthrax immunizations were still required by 4,800 crewmembers, as well as Smallpox. Medical responded with shotex's in February after resolving several logistics problems in obtaining the Smallpox vaccine. End result, entire crew accomplished in three major evolutions totally over 15,000 actual sticks. Note: Most of crew received only first and second in the series of Anthrax immunizations prior to our departure from theater. In February and March the ship cancelled proposed port calls, and conducted several OPEX1s to prepare for OIF, yet surprisingly saw only minor increases in sick call visits. CBR pharmaceuticals were distributed in bulk to department or division representatives, and in most cases not issued individually. Our only major operational impact was the loss of one IDC to backfill USS Reuben James (FFG-57), while their IDC was impaired for a week. The Medical Department also had a turnover of the physician assistants on last COD before major combat operations.
The Medical Department was the first to institute a new Navywide directive allowing stimulants for flight crews who became fatigued during long sustained operations, flight surgeons aboard Abraham Lincoln trained all tactical aircrew in the use of these stimulants. They then followed the usage patterns and problems on a daily basis, keeping highly accurate records for dissemination to the fleet for those who followed us. The program proved to be used rarely but proved beneficial in the few instances when aviators felt their abilities were jeopardized by fatigue. Aviators felt much more able to carry out long and tiring missions when given the option to use the medication during the missions, and they acknowledge their ability to carry out assigned tasks was improved. April brought relief in the form of USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Turnover was conducted 8-9 April, and along with information, went many of our stocks to aid their effort. Abraham Lincoln out-chopped on 12 April to considerable attention by the press. Along with the attention, came some medical research analysts.
Medical Department hosted two visiting studies, one in aviation ophthalmology by CDR Tanner of NMC San Diego and another on HIV risk behavior CDR Phillips of NAVHOSP Yokosuka. April closed with news of excellence when the SMO, CDR Goyins, was selected as recipient of the 2002 Sonny Carter Award for most significant contribution to the advancement of operational naval aviation medicine.
While at sea, Medical Department employed several health promotions programs to keep the crew active. Most notable successes were the "Fitness Rewards" competition that tracked and rewarded individual and team fitness progress. Smoking cessation was aggressively offered with envious attrition rates of 55 percent. Other major changes affecting sea operability are were conversion to Reeve Sleeve stretchers, consistent use of teleradiology/medicine, and alternate supply requisitions methods. On it's own initiative, the Medical Department initiated a cardio-fitness 'rewards" program for Sailors1 participation in self-tracking aerobic activities. Levels of exercise obtained were rewarded with progressively more desirable gifts. Personal quality of life remained a top priority. During the year, the Medical Department developed a series of smoking cessation classes, involving several sessions on the hazards and costs of smoking, strategies for quitting, and support for staying off tobacco. These support measures included medication, as an aid, to staying tobacco-free during the critical first few months. This aided 30% of the Sailors, to abstain from smoking for the first six months. This is a very high percentage compared to typical programs that achieve only 10 percent success rates. Additionally, it saved the command over $12,000.00 in prescription costs.
Public Affairs Department
Abraham Lincoln was the only carrier to have locally produced video news that was shown on Navy-Marine Corps News and Daily News Update Navy-wide. To ensure Abraham Lincoln had the most-informed crew in the fleet, the Public Affairs Department instituted the-following programs on board:
*Produced ten hours of live radio daily, ran three 23-houra-day movie channels, taped weekly TV programming, provided three data transmission satellite channels, and two satellite radio channels.
*Produced 86 editions of the ship's newspaper, "The Penny Press", with 80 percent of its content on or about Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Sailors.
*Produced a bi-weekly 20 minute local TV show called News Linc that aired back in the states to keep families informed of the latest news on and around the ship. Utilized DTS to bring live major events such as: the Super Bowl, all NFL and NBA playoff games, March Madness, all NASCAR races, as well as 24-hour news to the crew.
Abraham Lincoln PA0 was the test platform for effectiveness of non-linear video editing on ships at sea. The effectiveness of PAO broadcasting, with upgraded equipment, has led to standardization of non-linear video editing for carriers fleetwide. Team PA0 won seven Chief of Navy Information Merit Awards.
Two 1st place team awards for the Penny Press and NewsLinc, one 2nd place team award for the radio show, two 1st place personal awards for print commentary and radio news package, and two 3rd place personal awards for radio news package and radio spot production. In November 2002, Combat Systems Department and Public Affairs Office provided the first live TV report from a carrier in the Arabian Gulf.
This report was hosted by CNN Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre and led the way in accessibility and technology for live reporting during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From October 2002 through January 2003, before embedded journalists were deployed, Abraham Lincoln’s PA0 played host to over 140 journalists onboard. Once Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced, Abraham Lincoln permanently hosted 31 embedded journalists; the largest media embed of any in theatre carrier. PA0 worked diligently lobbying for the Canopus Non-Linear editor and upgraded SITE TV system. These new systems will enable Abe to enhance broadcast capability on a daily basis, at sea, with more channels and will allow for real-time satellite linkup for live download feeds. These enhancements will increase internal broadcast capability and quality and will have a lasting impact on crew morale. Finally, team PA0 played host to 95 media personnel between Hawaii and San Diego for homecoming coverage. Additionally, they hosted another 35 members of the White House Press Corps to cover the Presidential landing and subsequent address to the nation from the flight deck.
Reactor Machinery Division's mid-cruise initiative to de-scale all four distilling units resulted in a 20 percent increase in potable water production and increased the operating capacities to an average 98 percent full water production capacity prior to entering the Gulf. Over the extended deployment 80 million gallons of fresh water was produced. During the maintenance availability overseas, Reactor Machinery Division, working with PSNS shipyard workers, overhauled the #3 Main Coolant Water Pump and #2 Main Engine Auxiliary Lube Oil Pump saving the command approximately $250,000.00 in replacement costs and vendor support costs. In addition, they performed more than 250 Class B valve overhauls, reducing costs by avoiding replacement and ensuring uninterrupted plant operations. During the time in port Perth, Reactor Department embarked on an aggressive maintenance package, completing significant preventive and emergent maintenance items. Among the more significant repairs was work to one of four main engine attached lube oil pumps; work that would prove key to Abraham Lincoln arriving on-time and combat ready in Fifth Fleet before the end of January. Upon reporting to the Arabian Gulf in early February, Reactor Department focused on providing propulsion and power in support of OSW air operations. With tensions increasing in the Arabian Gulf, maintenance and drills were curtailed, ironically providing Reactor Department with the most stable environment yet experienced during the deployment.
OSW air operations continued to increase in intensity until 20 March when OIF commenced. Abraham Lincoln’s led coalition efforts, providing near-continuous air sorties in support of ground forces. Throughout these operations, Reactor Department performed superbly, providing the propulsion and power that enabled Abraham Lincoln to generate a sortie rate nearly equaling the other two carriers in the Arabian Gulf combined. During the height of combat operations, Reactor Department conducted a highly successful Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team assessment, validating the continuing safe operation of the reactor plants. This assessment proved transparent to the ongoing combat operations and served as the model for conducting assessments for carriers involved in high-tempo operations throughout the Pacific fleet.
In early April, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) arrived on-station, relieving Abraham Lincoln as the only nuclear-powered carrier within the Arabian Gulf. With orders to return to homeport, Abraham Lincoln out-chopped Fifth Fleet on 12 April, en route to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The transit home provided time for the department to conduct maintenance in preparation for entering Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an 11-month DPIA. During this time, major testing to primary and secondary relief valves, as well as numerous less-intrusive evolutions, were successfully conducted. The transit from San Diego provided more time to interact with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and prepare for the upcoming DPIA. Following several days of successful testing and planning, Abraham Lincoln arrived in Everett, Washington after 290 days deployed, the longest deployment in history for a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
Religious Ministries Department
In January 2003, LT Douglas Schoonover relieved LCDR Milam as the CVW 14 Chaplain. The ship returned to homeport on 6 May 2003. Religious Ministries Department facilities consist of a Chapel, an e-mail lounge, Lending Library, and crew's lounge within magazines and television sets. Service members can check out game cartridges and movie videos for use on those televisions. During deployment, the hours of operation continued at 20 hours daily to accommodate needs of embarked personnel.
Provided worship opportunities for those of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Church of Christ, Upper Room Fellowship, Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, and Iglesia Ni Cristo faith groups. Provision for worship/discussion was also made available to other groups such as the Wicca Discussion Group. In all, 616 religious services were conducted using the Chapel, crew's lounge, and foclsle. Programs included regular Bible Studies and sacramental preparations, which were offered seven days a week. A Hebrew Reading Class, open to all Sailors, was well attended. Additionally, pastoral counseling was provided to at least 1,814 Sailors.
During the deployment, Chaplain Sloat provided regular guidance, supervision, and mentoring to LT Charles Crane, DESRON 31 Chaplain. Chaplains from the Abraham Lincoln provided additional religious worship opportunities and support by conducting over 20 "Holy Helo" trips to other ships within the Battle Group.
The Religious Ministries Department facilities were utilized over 29,348 times by approximately 5,700 embarked personnel underway and 3,250 personnel in port. This included service members using five e-mail computers for communicating with loved ones back home while underway. Additionally, library books, video games, and learning programs were loaned out during the libraries 20-hour-per-day operations.
The Religious Ministries Department hosted the Family Literacy Foundation "Uniting Through Reading" Program. At least 239 service members participated in this program. Participation included being videotaped, reading a storybook to one's children, grandchildren, loved ones, etc., and then mailing the VHS tapes to them at home. This program helps keep family ties vibrant despite the distance and separation experienced during lengthy deployments away from home. Over 75 Sailors participated in four Community Relations Projects in Freemantle, Western Australia. The crew helped clean Port Beach and Cottesloe Beach. They also visited patients, mostly children and the elderly, at Freemantle Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital.
During this period, the Religious Ministries Department processed 571 American Red Cross messages, assisted with emergency leave funding for 58 cases, and personal financial problems through the department's association with the Navy & Marine Relief Society.
Religious Ministries Department spaces were used six days per week for ESWS boards, FSA training, and air wing special boards during the deployment. From January through May, chaplains/religious programmers from the other ships periodically rode Abraham Lincoln for a few days at a time to conduct Chaplain Corps and RP in-rate training. Two Return and Reunion programs were conducted during the deployment. The programs were accomplished with the assistance of facilitators, Maria Capogna from Region Northwest and Yvette Stevenson from Norfolk, VA. Due to uncertain operational commitments, all classes were videotaped. The facilitators taught classes and filmed their presentations. All videotapes and printed materials remained with the Public Affairs Department for use upon return to CONUS. The culmination of nearly ten months deployed took place just before returning to San Diego when President George W. Bush and selected Cabinet members visited. Chaplain Marshall offered the invocation prior to the Presidential address and attended a wardroom dinner with Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer and National Security Advisor, Dr. Condeleeza Rice. Chaplain Sloat also met the President, the attending Cabinet members and spent extended time with Secretary Andrew H. Card, Jr., Chief of Staff to the President. Chaplains Marshall and Sloat assisted with flight deck seating arrangements (officers and senior enlisted) for the Presidential address.
During the deployment, Chaplain Sloat sewed as the departmental representative for Public Affairs. He worked closely with the PAO to coordinate interviews with departmental personnel while also being personally interviewed. He also hosted selected events/meetings with embedded media personnel.
While on deployment and in the shipyard, Abraham Lincoln enjoyed a tremendously successful year in terms of safety. The Safety Department aggressively implemented and enforced NAVOSH programs by creating an interactive deck plate safety program. This unique approach to safety led to a decrease in the number of injuries from previous years by 66.4 percent. The efforts of Safety Department and ship were recognized by receipt of the Admiral James H. Flatley Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in carrier mishap prevention.
Operational Risk Management (ORM) has been the focal point for the Safety Department. ORM training for all newly reporting personnel was expanded to include online web-based ORM training during Junior and Senior Indoctrination. Furthermore, all hands review ORM principles and conduct risk assessments prior to conducting any evolution. These efforts resulted in zero serious mishaps and a significant reduction in the number of personnel injuries and damage to equipment. All this despite completing one of the longest deployments in recent history. Another Safety Department milestone that will benefit Naval Safety fleet-wide, was the development of a new state of the art method for cleaning and sterilizing respirators. This will serve to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and bloodborne pathogens. A first in the fleet, this new program will serve as a model for all Navy ships.
Supply Department had a record breaking year in 2003. In personnel quality of life programs, solid teamwork between the Supply and Engineering Departments ensured equipment operational status remained consistently above 95%. Their combined efforts resulted in Abraham Lincoln winning their second Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, a prestigious Food Services award for the best aircraft carrier galley in the Pacific in the Large Afloat class for Food Service Excellence.
*Completed deployment with an AVCAL range and depth of 96/90 and a COSAL range and depth of 96/92 that are both above the type commander's goals.
*Processed and tracked 126 CASREP’s and returned from deployment with one outstanding CASREP part on order.
*Awarded the Captain Edwards F. Ney Award for Food Service Excellence.
*Completed 36 successful replenishments at sea.
*Preparations for renovations to all Galleys, CPO, and Wardroom Messes.
*Supported receptions for Yokosuka, Japan, Hong Kong and Perth, Australia.
*Received Outstanding on the FY02 SMI.
*Supported and prepared over 10,000 meals for 390 CVW-14 and Abraham Lincoln Officers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
*Hosted Presidential visit with Distinguished Visitor meal and accommodations for National Security Advisor, Condeleeza Rice and Press Secretary, Ari Fleshier.
*Served 30 distinguished visitors meals.
*Served 20 squadron and ships company distinguished visitor meals.
*Completed ESWS qualifications for 95 percent of the division.
*Supplied 50 decorated cakes for special events.
*Received Outstanding on the FY02 SMI.
*Runner up for the FY02 Dorie P. Miller Award.
*Provided $86,000.00 to purchase the entire crew an Operation Iraqi Freedom coin and poster.
*Exceeded TYCOM goals on LAP'S and inventories.
*Filled 100 percent of the on-hand requirements during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
*Research and procurement of all maintenance materials necessary to support the new F-18 Super Hornet Squadrons during their first ever carrier debut.
*Received Excellent on the FY02 SMI.
Abraham Lincoln’s first ever At-Sea Small Arms Range completed five gun shoots and maintained small arms qualifications for both ship and air wing personnel. 114 personnel qualified 9mm pistol, 141 personnel qualified with a 12 gauge shot gun, 132 personnel became M-16 rifle qualified, 199 personnel qualifie.50 CAL machine gun, and 202 personnel qualified M-60 machine gun. These qualified personnel stood 17,280 man-hours of force protection watches during the extended deployment. In order to help keep air wing pilots at peak skill levels, Combat Systems Department installed the Strike Fighter Training Server (SFTS). This web-based application is used for aircrew training and is replicated by a server at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada. It helps keep pilots abreast of the latest fighter technology and training syllabus changes. During the months of January, February, and March the Training Department was supporting the ship during Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom by providing travel arrangements and orders for all beach detachment and advance party personnel, as well as coordinating Reserve duty, and establishing an Indoctrination Program for all of the newly arriving personnel. Numerous hours went into planning and implementing the new Divison, a totally new concept for Abraham Lincoln that would change the way E-5 and below are indoctrinated.
Weapons Department played a vital role in Abraham Lincoln’s contributions. The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and Coalition Naval Forces participated in Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF), Southern Watch (OSW) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Our Weapons Department instituted a comprehensive training plan that fully qualified all flight deck personnel in new ordnance requirements for the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. As the first Super Hornet missions were flown over Iraq, this training proved invaluable and ensured all evolutions were completed safely and successfully. G-1 Flight Deck/Aviation Weapons Support Equipment Division (AWSEP), completed more than 2,300 scheduled/unscheduled maintenance actions on over 5,440 items totaling over 10,000 man-hours, resulting in 100% support for all Abraham Lincoln Strike Group aviation ordnance requirements. The flight deck crew worked around the clock throughout the Iraqi war and performed flawlessly during all ammo onloads/offloads. G-2 Division personnel stood and supported over 7,200 hours of force protection watches. G-2 certified Lincoln’s first-ever shipboard small arms range and provided over 1,000 hours of weapons safety training.
The division qualified 400 plus personnel on the 9mm pistol and 12-gauge shotgun, 70 personnel on the M-14 rifle, 340 personnel on the M 16 machine gun, and 315 personnel on the .50 cal machine gun. Additionally, they trained HS-4 personnel on the GAU-16 machine gun system helping them maintain 100 percent mission readiness.
G-3 Weapons Assembly Division, played a key and vital role enduring the extended deployment. The well-trained and organized team of ordnance professionals flawlessly broke out, assembled, and tested over one million tons of ordnance that was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. G-3 Division was one of the first ordnance division in the fleet to test, assemble, and deploy the Navy's newest JDAM weapons system on the F/A-E/F Super Hornet. The “MAG RATS” of G-3 Division performed their duties around the clock and ensured 100 percent accountability during all weapons evolutions.
G-4 Weapons Elevator Division was a major player in the success of not only the Weapons Department but the entire command. Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of nine weapons ordnance elevators and numerous machinery rooms, G-4 Division ensured all systems were in outstanding working condition not only for all weapons movements on board the ship but also for any and all types of medical emergencies that may occur on the flight deck or on the lowest decks of the ship.
G-4 Division closed out the year signing off major overhaul work on the weapons elevators and machinery rooms. G-5 Weapons Administration Office played a key role in maintaining all incoming and outgoing message traffic, personnel training programs, quality assurance programs as well as the department career counselor. G-5 processed 40,000 pieces of correspondence, ranging from inspections and audits to personal achievement awards for the Sailors. This highly professional group ensured all personnel and administrative requirements were met on time or ahead of schedule. Security Division provided excellent Anti-terrorism/Force Protection during seven port calls in 5 foreign ports and completed six Advance Party details ensuring the port visits went smoothly and without incident. During the ship's return to COWS, Security was asked to provide security for the President of the United States. Overall, Weapons Department compiled an unmatched safety record. Departmental Sailors sustained no major injuries or equipment damage despite an aggressive air plan and numerous at-sea weapons transfers. Departmental leadership directed the movement of more than 9 million pounds of ordnance, 8,000 weapons elevator runs, and 10 major onloads and offloads. Weapons built and expended 1.3 million pounds of ordnance in support of OIF. Extraordinary leadership from all levels resulted in skillful and rapid responses to multiple short-fused tasking requirements that translated into an unprecedented 98 percent sortie completion rate during OIF. Supporting all ordnance and shipboard logistical support requirements during the deployment, Armament Weapons Support Equipment (AWSE) work center completed 22,190 Level maintenance actions on 2,900 critical support equipment items.
At deployments end, G-1 Division had expended 66,570 maintenance man-hours ensuring a 100 percent ready for issue rate. In production control innovation and improvement, upon return to NAVSTA Everett, G-1 Division off-loaded over 1,400 items of Armament Weapons Support Equipment (AWSE) in preparation for overhaul at the CNAP Support Equipment Rehab Facility. To date, over 550 items of AWSE, worth $4.5 million, have been completed. The Sailors of the Abraham Lincoln were not only heavily involved with both the local community in Everett, but also the various countries while on deployment. A total 12 COMREL projects were planned and conducted during the deployment. Many of these projects focused on underprivileged children from orphanages and the elderly. Over 300 Sailors selflessly volunteered free time during these port visits. Their selfless contributions will have a lasting impact on the lives they've touched and serve to promote the goodwill of the United States. COMREL projects during this last year included:
*Hong Kong. Crossroads International, Pine Hill Village, Salvation Army, St. Barnabas Society and Home.
*Singapore. Gracehaven Children's Home, Yio Chu Kang MINDS Development Center.
*Sasebo Japan. Hario Park-Kodomo House for children, Ten Shin Rho Home for children.
*Australia. Freemantle Hospital, Princess Margaret, Children's Hospital, Cottesloe Beach, Port Beach.
There are many factors that go into making a great warship but the most important of these is the people. The Officers, Chiefs and Sailors onboard Abraham Lincoln are among the best in the fleet. When faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge, they adapted and overcame every obstacle in their path. Their leadership, dedication, and ingenuity have guaranteed mission success. Ports of call: Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California twice; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice; Sasebo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Bahrain; Perth, Australia twice; Fremantle, Australia twice. Squadrons: VF-31, F-14D; VFA-115, FA-18E; VFA-113, FA-18C (N); VFA-25, FA-18C (N); VAQ-139, EA-6B; VAW-113, E-2C; HS-4, SH-60F / HH-60H; -35, S-3B and VRC-30 Det. 1, C-2A. In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance.” In addition, VFA-115 embarked with 12 F/A-18E Super Hornets, and HC-5 embarked with two MH-60S Seahawks, marking the first deployment of these types of aircraft on board the ship. The carrier also put to sea with her first F414-GE-400 Super Hornet Jet Engine Test Instrumentation Cell, and 1,000 pound class JDAMs for use with F/A-18Es. As they set sail, Lt. Corey L. Pritchard of VFA-115 accomplished the initial deployed Super Hornet trap on board the carrier during a series of carrier qualifications over the first few days. The squadron dedicated their deployment to the memory of the firefighters of Ladder Company 4 of Midtown Manhattan, which lost 15 men to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At one point, sailors painted the names of 12 of these heroes onto each of their Super Hornets to honor the firemen, and some also adopted one of the firehouse’s slogans for their cruise patches: “Pride of Midtown. Never Missed a Performance.” Abraham Lincoln departed NASNI on 3 May 2003, visiting from 2 to 3 May 2003, en route to her home port en route Naval Station Everett, Wa. A number of vessels joined USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Strike group comprised of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group THREE (COMCRUDESGRU THREE), Commander Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, RADM John Kelly; Carrier Air Wing 14; Cruiser Destroyer Group 3; Destroyer Squadron 31 and ships consisting of the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Shiloh (CG-67); guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); destroyer USS Fletcher (DD-992); guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and USS Ruben James (FFG-57); replenishment ship USS Camden (AOE-2); and attack submarines USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Amphibious Squadron 5 and USCG Law Enforcement Det. 106 was assigned in 2002. Her eighth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 11 November 1989 (24 July 2002 to 6 May 2003); delivered to the U. S. Navy on 30 October 1989 with Captain William B. Hayden in command as the third CO” (Ref. 72, 76, 84A, 371, 377, 378B-2002, 378B-2003, -446, 525, 1-Constellation; Story Number: NNS020813-20 - Release Date: 8/13/2002 5:58:00 PM - By Journalist 2nd Class Ryan Hicks, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs - SAN DIEGO (NNS); Story Number: NNS020919-08 - Release Date: 9/19/2002 1:02:00 - PM From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS020919-12 - Release Date: 9/19/2002 2:01:00 - PM By Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Bender, USS Araham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS020919-11 - Release Date: 9/19/2002 1:08:00 PM - By Chief Journalist (SW) David Rush, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS020920-03 - Release Date: 9/20/2002 1:06:00 PM - By Journalist 3rd Class Heather Stanley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS021214-02 - Release Date: 12/15/2002 2:30:00 PM - By Journalist 1st Class Keith Jones, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS); Story Number: NNS021214-02 - Release Date: 12/15/2002 2:30:00 PM - By Journalist 1st Class Keith Jones, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, At Sea (NNS);
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