Lincoln Choreographs Supply Drops from Ship to Shore


Story Number: NNS050107-12Release Date: 1/7/2005 2:28:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Michael Hart, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At sea (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) spent hours Jan. 5 moving boxes of fresh water, protein drinks and bags of rice from trucks to helicopters bound from Banda Aceh, Indonesia to various locations.

Relying on effective communication, the helicopters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 were present to pick up and transport the supplies.

"Communication is the key to organization," said Mineman 2nd Class (EOD) John Richards, a native of San Diego, from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Det.1. "Because you have to have good communication between ship and shore so that you can orchestrate all the supplies, helos and supplies to the crew. You need to make sure it's going to the right place at the right time."

Richards plays an important role in communications, referring to his EOD Satellite radio training.

"A lot of the time, I just make sure [there's] a good connection," said Richards. "All I'm doing is maintaining the line of communication. I tried 28 different places to get a good link. This area, for some reason, is really bad to hook up. We're doing the best we can. That's my job -- maintaining the link."

While ALCSG was on its way to the Indian Ocean to support the humanitarian operations in Indonesia, Lincoln's Portable Communications Shop spent time refurbishing radios to go ashore.

"Our radio sends an encrypted message to a satellite," explained Richards. "Which then sends the message to the Lincoln."

Even though Richards and his crew know how to operate the equipment, it's been a learning experience as well.

"The lesson we've been learning here is getting guys off the ship trained," said Richards. "Anyone traveling should have the proper gear and a working knowledge of the radios."

With the ALCSG keeping the communications up and running, the supplies, helicopters and crew can keep working to supply the people of Sumatra with the supplies they need

For related news on Navy tsunami relief operations, visit the Focus on Tsunami Relief Operations page at www.navy.mil/local/tsunami.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/c7f.

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Sailors assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), load food into a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.
050106-N-4166B-294 Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 6, 2005) - Sailors assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), load food into a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11), at Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force Base in Band Aceh, Sumatra. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from Abraham Lincoln are supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley (RELEASED)
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