USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) participated in the time-honored naval tradition of a pass-in-review ceremony April 16, while underway in the South China Sea.
The ceremony was led by Abraham Lincoln, command ship of Rear Adm. J.W. Goodwin, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. The remaining three ships of the ALCSG, USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86), passed Lincoln on the port side, one-by-one, dipping their National Ensign and rendering honors.
Lincoln Sailors were invited by Goodwin via the ship's 1-MC to participate in the event and made their way to the flight deck to take pictures. Sailors from the other ships in the strike group were also out on their weather decks to participate in the ceremony.
Sailors of Russell brought some humor to the pass-in-review by taking turns hitting golf balls off of their ship's fantail and broadcasting music over their 1-MC.
According to Lt. Cmdr Jennifer Mills of Destroyer Squadron 9, the surface arm of ALCSG, the pass-in-review was "an outstanding display of professional seamanship.
"A pass-in-review gives us the opportunity to display the surface power inherent in a carrier strike group," she said.
With the bright sun and hot temperatures, ALCSG Sailors welcomed the brief break from their normally hectic schedule. The pass-in-review was conducted during Easter Sunday, which was a scheduled "no-fly" day on the carrier and allowed the maximum number of Sailors to enjoy the ceremony from the weather decks.
The ALCSG is currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
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