SAN PEDRO, Calif. (NNS) -- Troops of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles learned the value of leadership and guidance while visiting USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in celebration of L.A. Navy Week 2011, July 28.
Girl Scout Troops 6705, 6882, 1111, 1672 and 9185 toured the hangar bay, flight deck and bridge, spoke with pilots, purchased souvenirs and met with Lincoln's Command Master Chief Susan Whitman and U.S. Third Fleet Command Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff.
"This visit is a good way for us to make future leaders understand the great things we do for our country and show the extent of what we can do," said Whitman. "Also, I was never a girl scout growing up so the girls educated me in what life is like as a girl scout."
"Being a girl scout and a Sailor are both very similar," added Ortloff. "We even have ribbons and pins representing our experiences like the girl scouts have their patches."
Girl scouts were given a more in-depth opportunity to meet women of leadership in the service to have a better outlook in what women can achieve and understand what future opportunities they can attain.
"I loved visiting the ship. My favorite parts were riding on the aircraft elevators from the hangar bay to the flight deck and meeting with the master chiefs," said eight-year-old Maribella Munoz-Jimenez from Troop 1111. "It was fun seeing everything and it makes me want to join the Navy when I grow up."
Navy Week is an opportunity for the officers and crew of the visiting ships to help the Navy showcase the quality of its personnel to local citizens. Lincoln's participation in L.A. Navy Week will demonstrate to area leaders and the general public that the Navy remains an effective and vital tool of national defense and a viable career opportunity for young men and women.
The Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year, reaching out to communities across the country to showcase for Americans the investments they have made toward their national defense.
Participating in L.A. Navy Week 2011 are USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and personnel from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG) 31, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 3 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit 1.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Los Angeles between at-sea training and certification periods ahead of a deployment scheduled for the end of the year.
For more information and a schedule of L.A. Navy Week 2011 events, visit www.navyweek.org/losangeles2011
For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.