USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) celebrated the ship's 45th consecutive day of high-tempo and arduous operations at sea with a morale day and steel beach picnic Feb. 10.
The event took place on the flight deck and included food and drinks, basketball and football games, golf, raffle and t-shirt giveaways, a fundraiser for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), live music, and an actual "beach" on the flight deck.
Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Albert Agyemang of administration department said the picnic was a big morale booster for the crew and for new Sailors who haven't previously experienced a steel beach picnic.
"The picnic is well deserved after all the successes we've seen this past year," said Agyemang.
The day began at 8:30 a.m. when the grills were lit to begin cooking for the crew of over 4,300. The menu included grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken, pasta salad, assorted fruits, deserts, soda and water, all served up by the chiefs' mess. The ship's band performed top hits from multiple genres and decades while Sailors danced or just sat back and relaxed.
"It's a perfect day," said Master Chief Religious Programs Specialist Vincent Sievers. "Everyone had a good time, relaxed, and relieved some stress by hitting golf balls. And we raised money for Navy relief in the process."
Lincoln Sailors were also authorized two 12-ounce cans of beer in accordance with Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 1700.16, which states "numbered Fleet commanders of naval and Military Sealift Command vessels participating in high-tempo, arduous operations are authorized to permit consumption of up to two 12-ounce cans or bottles of beer by each member of the crew or embarked unit during an appropriate one-day stand down at sea. Consumption is to occur in conjunction with appropriate morale enhancing activities such as flight deck or fantail cookouts where non-alcoholic beverages must also be available."
During the ship's current deployment, Lincoln has sailed more than 36,000 nautical miles of open waters and conducted the safe and expeditious completion of 8,500 arrested landings. The ship and Carrier Air Wing Two have launched more than 7,000 sorties, with nearly 2,000 directly supporting ground combat troops.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.
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