Lincoln Hosts Prince of Brunei


Story Number: NNS060512-15Release Date: 5/12/2006 10:52:00 AM
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By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Joaquin Juatai, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Prince Mohamed, along with several government officials, the heads of Brunei's armed forces and Charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy to Brunei Jeff Hawkins, visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) May 9, while the ship was off the northwest coast of the island of Borneo.

During the officials' visit, Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and commanding officer, Capt. C. A. McCawley, hosted the group.

The group was treated to an up-close view of flight operations, observing aircraft launches from the flight deck before climbing to the ship's signal bridge to observe an air power demonstration by the embarked aircraft of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2.

After the air show, the group visited with several pilots and air crew from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47, who showed them an SH-60B "Seahawk" used in Operation Unified Assistance in Indonesia during the aftermath of the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami.

Mohamad and several of the military officials accompanying him thanked air crew members from HSL-47 for their efforts in Aceh.

"Just being in Indonesia and helping was, in itself, a reward," said Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class (NAC/AW) Zachary Dotson. "To meet people who were affected by it and hear them say 'thank you,' it's humbling to accept that thanks."

The group came aboard Lincoln as part of the Navy's distinguished visitors program, which brings both American and foreign businessmen, dignitaries and military officials to the ship to observe the strength and dedication of American Sailors as they perform their mission.

Guests were interested in the operations of the ship, how many Sailors are aboard, and what their workday is like.

"What you have seen today is the best example of the U.S. Navy," said Goodwin. "We're very proud of our friendship with Brunei, and we hope to come back and visit some day soon."

Lincoln is currently deployed to the Western Pacific to conduct maritime security operations and to train with its many partners in the region.

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

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060509-N-9898L-049 Pacific Ocean (May 9, 2006) - His Royal Highness, Prince Mohamed, Foreign Minister of Brunei, receives the title of Honorary Naval Aviator from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Commanding Officer, Capt. C. Andrew McCawley after landing aboard the ship for a tour. Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently underway in the Western Pacific for a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Geoffrey Lewis (RELEASED)
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