Movie Exec Brings New Flick to Lincoln Sailors

Story Number: NNS070809-23Release Date: 8/9/2007 6:27:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dennis Irwin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors had a chance to see the newly released movie, "Rescue Dawn," while underway aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Aug. 3.

Simon Swart, Fox Home Entertainment general manager and executive vice president for North America, visited the ship and brought a copy of the new film, which premiered in theaters July 27. Swart said it was perfect timing that the release of this movie came at about the same time he was coming to visit the ship.

"When I found out I was coming on board I asked the Theatrical Distribution Group at Fox for a burned copy," Swart said. "I thought it was a small way to say thank you for what you do."

Lincoln began its Tailored Ship's Training Availability July 7 and has hosted distinguished visitors almost daily; giving influential people the opportunity to see what life is like on a U.S. Navy warship.

Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) Seaman Ren Minutola enjoyed being able to see the show and having something else to talk about with her family at home.

"It is awesome to be connected to what is happening on land, even though we are out in the Pacific Ocean," she said.

The movie is about a Navy pilot's tale of survival after his plane crashes in Laos during the Vietnam War. In the movie there are depictions of courage, camaraderie and of life on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin.

"It's an intense, dramatic film," Minutola said. "I like how the film showed how family-oriented the Navy really is."

Before Swart left, Sailors had four opportunities to view the movie over the Ship's Information, Training and Entertainment TV system. Swart said visiting the ship was an incredible experience. Interacting with Sailors gave him a new perspective of Navy life. It gave him a chance to see what Hollywood has tried to portray in many films.

"You have no idea what it is like to live in confined quarters and the daily sacrifice involved until you see it firsthand," Swart said. "For a moment you get a bird's eye view of what is really going on."

He said he was blown away by the compassion and pride from every rank on the ship.

"I don't think any warrior exhibits as much compassion and professionalism as warriors from the United States military," said Swart. "It is truly an inspiration."

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