Lincoln Concludes Operations in Support of OEF


Story Number: NNS120710-09Release Date: 7/10/2012 3:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), completed their final combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) this deployment, July 9.

Currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 since December 2011, CVW-2 launched its first flights in support of OEF in February.

Since then, CVW-2 aircraft have flown more than 2,200 sorties in excess of 13,000 flight hours with a 100 percent completion rate.

"We've been flying missions flawlessly in support of OEF for nearly six months now," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, CSG-9. "This is the strike group's second deployment in less than two years, and the level of expertise our air wing Sailors have demonstrated over that time is remarkable. I couldn't be more proud of this team for the consistently superb support we've provided our coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan."

Lt. Cmdr. David Whitmer, a pilot and the operations officer for the Vigilantes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, said the flights CVW-2 squadrons have flown over Afghanistan have been tremendously successful.

"I feel that our mission has significantly contributed to the strategic stability of the region," Whitmer said. "Our close air support provided vital, prepared protection for coalition forces. While it's our turn to go home to our friends and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who will continue to stand the watch."

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Charlene Drake said she enjoyed contributing to the success of the OEF mission.

"It's a great feeling knowing that what I do aboard Lincoln could be saving lives in Afghanistan," she said. "I'm glad I had the opportunity to help defend our nation. For the rest of my life, it will be something I can be proud of."

Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which is also comprised of CVW 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. CSG-9 is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

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STORY COMMENTS15 COMMENTS
7/16/2012 7:47:00 PM
Great to see the spectacular efforts of a 1st class team that works together to achieve what others would perceive to be impossible. Go Navy! Continue to be the #1 power in the world

7/16/2012 3:40:00 PM
Job well done boys! I respect what you all do in service for our Country. Thank You, Steven Ferguson

7/13/2012 9:48:00 AM
What could be more important than 'laying ones life down' for the fellow man?! Before saying anything negative...walk ONE day in their boots! ALL the sailors deserve a standing ovation for a hard and non-stop job.."well done"!!!!

7/12/2012 8:07:00 PM
Everyone involved did a great job. I look forward to seeing my son after his first deployment.

7/12/2012 5:48:00 PM
We're all so proud of the Lincoln and all who serve on her. Can't wait to see our sailor.

7/12/2012 11:56:00 AM
I'm so proud of all of our men and women who defend our freedom. Thank you for all of the sacrifices each service member has endured and the families left behind. Great job, hurry home, continue to be safe. Thank you, with love, from a mom in law of one of the sailors.

7/11/2012 11:11:00 PM
So proud of everyone on board the USS Abraham Lincoln! thank you for your service! God Bless America!

7/11/2012 7:42:00 PM
Bravo Zulu to all serving on the USS Lincoln, most of all VAW-116 Sunkings. It will be great to see our sailor again.

7/11/2012 2:32:00 PM
Wonderful job! Thank you to everyone for keeping us safe! Hurry home! GO NAVY! YEA!!

7/11/2012 11:41:00 AM
Wow! Great job! Hurry home!!!!

7/11/2012 11:20:00 AM
Job well done! We need good productive armed forces teams helping to keep our Nation and others safe. The USS Abe has been a true example of excellence. All US citizens can be proud of the work completed by all the soldiers on board during this last deployment.

7/11/2012 10:40:00 AM
Thanks to You and all the other service people who keep us save and living as we want. Go Navy!

7/11/2012 8:38:00 AM
Prayers have been answered with the safe return of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 and the great ABE! We are so proud of each of them and the sacrifices they have made. If you have the opportunity to see one of these brave souls please be sure to thank then for what they have done for you. Thanks to all on board and thank the good Lord that they are finally on their way home!!! From a loving worried Momma of a Sailor on board the Lincoln....

7/11/2012 8:33:00 AM
My son is assigned to the DESRON 9 staff deployed with CSG9 on the Lincoln. I am very proud of his contribution to this effort and appreciate the dedicated service of everyone on this mission.

7/10/2012 4:57:00 PM
I just want to say God speed you back safely. I could not be a more proud American Navy mom!! We cant wait to see our ET son. Thank you to all for your service!

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Leadership assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gather together following flights marking Lincoln's final day of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
120709-N-WD757-528 ARABIAN SEA (July 9, 2012) Leadership assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gather together following flights marking Lincoln's final day of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
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