Lincoln Departs Singapore After Successful Port Visit


Story Number: NNS060501-05Release Date: 5/1/2006 9:10:00 PM
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By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Joaquin Juatai, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) got underway from Changi Naval Base in Singapore May 1, after a successful four-day port call to "The Lion City."

As part of the port visit, Lincoln hosted a reception April 27, welcoming the Honorable Patricia Herbold, U.S. ambassador to Singapore, Rear Adm. Ronnie Tay, chief of the Singapore navy, and ambassadors of several other nations to Singapore aboard the ship.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) Sailors also offered their time during the port visit in six different community service (COMSERV) projects, including taking children from a local orphanage swimming and helping disabled children who are undergoing water therapy.

"The community service projects here were more about people," said Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW) Ronald Roberts of Lincoln's religious ministries department.

"It was a positive experience both for the recipients and the people who volunteered," he said.

More than 200 Sailors participated in the COMSERV projects in Singapore, which, Roberts explained, were aimed more toward interaction with local people.

"The COMSERVs in Thailand and Hong Kong were more about fixing things, like painting in an orphanage or moving furniture," he said. "Here, it was more about relating with the people."

In addition to promoting goodwill through COMSERV projects, ALCSG Sailors toured Singapore and the surrounding islands through the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, enjoying the world-famous Singapore Zoo, tours to Sentosa Island and more.

Lincoln also hosted tours to more than 400 guests while in port in Singapore, showing them the flight deck, hangar bays, bridge and the Abraham Lincoln Room, which houses artifacts from President Lincoln's era and information about the ship's namesake.

Lincoln, the embarked Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and Destroyer Squadron 9, are underway on a scheduled Western Pacific deployment. The strike group has visited the ports of Hong Kong and Laemb Chabang, Thailand, in addition to Singapore.

For related news, visit the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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