NAVCENT Deputy Commander Visits USS Abraham Lincoln

Story Number: NNS080522-05Release Date: 5/22/2008 9:17:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arianne Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Deputy Commander, U.S. Navy Central Forces Command (NAVCENT), visited Sailors of the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG), May 14-15.

Rear Adm. Scott Swift and members of his staff arrived aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Lincoln Carrier Strike Group flagship, via carrier on board delivery and they were greeted on the flight deck by the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group leadership.

They toured the ship's spaces and received briefs on the many facets of the strike group's operations. Swift also presented briefs to the Lincoln wardroom.

He spoke about how Lincoln was ready on arrival in theater.

"[USS Harry S.] Truman had been operating those operations for two months, and I tell you it was a transparent change. One day it was Truman, the next day it was Lincoln. There was absolutely no change in performance. I think it speaks for the leadership throughout the strike group and everybody's ability to execute those tactical mission sets that they have been training for throughout the work ups," Swift said.

Swift also discussed the strike group's role in the NAVCENT area of responsibility during deployment, which includes creating regional stability by providing security.

Cmdr. Charles Luttrell, Abraham Lincoln's navigator, who has deployed multiple times to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, said the brief was helpful.

"The newly established 5th Fleet Maritime Operations Center is a change in NAVCENT's AOR," Luttrell said, adding, "Rear Adm. Swift's explanation of the daily operations was enlightening because it defined the difference between the theory of operations and how the MOC is executing its mission."

Swift explained the strike group is very important in what NAVCENT is doing operationally.

"The effects that we are trying to create from a coalition perspective, the expertise of the strike group naval forces at sea, is security. Through security and careful application of our capabilities, our goal is to reach regional stability," Swift said.

"With that increase in regional stability there are a myriad of opportunities that are created for countries in the region: foreign investment, political exchange and cultural exchange," Swift said, adding, "In many ways the CSG is being employed in manners that aren't necessarily associated in the traditional sense of a CSG. We aren't all about power projection. Creating stability affects the region by providing security."

Swift also noted it was great to be back aboard Lincoln.

"I've made a couple of cruises over the years on Lincoln. I have never seen as high of morale in my experience as I have on my visit here. It's reflective of the leadership on board," Swift said, adding, "When I say leadership, people naturally think of the admiral, captain, CAG, but some of the best leadership I have seen are those E3's and E4's, very junior individuals, who have been in positions where they are leading a significant number of Sailors and I see that in Lincoln. The impact people are having out here is reflective of how the ship operates. The pride shines through in day-to-day operations."

Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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