Abraham Lincoln Completes Deployment, Makes Norfolk New Home


Story Number: NNS120807-10Release Date: 8/7/2012 3:47:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim D. Godbee, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 7, concluding an eight-month deployment to the U.S. Navy's 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

While deployed, aircraft assigned to CVW-2 flew more than 11,000 sorties totaling in excess of 32,000 flight hours, including more than 2,400 combat sorties and more than 14,000 hours flown in support of U.S. and coalition ground forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Since leaving in December, the ship sailed more than 72,000 miles during its 245 days deployed, including 105 days in the Arabian Sea supporting OEF.

"The men and women of Lincoln and the embarked commands have done a remarkable job throughout this twice-extended deployment," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. "Now that we're home, each and every one of us is very excited and more than ready to see our families and friends again."

Upon her arrival in Norfolk, Lincoln is scheduled to undergo a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) in-port maintenance period. During the RCOH period, workers will refuel Lincoln's nuclear reactors, upgrade and modernize the ship's combat and communication systems, and overhaul the hull, mechanical and electrical systems.

"I am incredibly proud of our Sailors," said Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer. "They have performed admirably for months on end, and they have done so with huge smiles on their faces. I am enormously proud of each and every Abe Sailor for their contributions to national security. They're great Americans, one and all."

Alexander added that the in-port period comes at the perfect time for the ship's crew.

"After two deployments in a little less than two years, the Abraham Lincoln crew is very happy to be in our new homeport and ready to spend time with family and friends," he said.

Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia for a four-year RCOH in Newport News, Va. After operational requirements added two extensions and three months to the ship's deployment schedule, Big Abe pulled into port following eight months at sea.

"I'm excited about the homeport change," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Sheila Seripap. "I loved living in Everett, but it will be interesting to call somewhere else home. One of the biggest advantages of the Navy lifestyle is getting to experience living in different parts of the country and the world."

While deployed, Lincoln visited several foreign ports, including Pattaya, Thailand; Manama, Bahrain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Antalya, Turkey.

"To be able to tell people I've literally been around the world is something I'll be able to take with me for the rest of my life," said Seaman Anton Schafer. "Coming from a small town, I never thought I'd get to see and do some of the things I did. I'm glad I'll be able to share this experience with my friends and family in the years to come."

Lincoln deployed as the flagship for CSG 9, which is also comprised of CVW-2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, composed of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).

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STORY COMMENTS7 COMMENTS
8/8/2012 5:37:00 PM
Well Done C.V.W. 2 Thanks From An Eternally Grateful American And Nation God Bless And Protect Each One Of You. GO NAVY!!!

8/8/2012 4:42:00 PM
Well done sailors. Proud of all of you.Glad My Grandson in law, was aboard.Awesome ship. and strike fforce.Congrats.1.

8/8/2012 11:56:00 AM
It's nice to see all the pictures and news letters about are love ones who are out to sea. Thank-you, Joan

8/8/2012 11:46:00 AM
Thanks for a job well done. Welcome home !

8/8/2012 11:10:00 AM
Welcome to the Tidewater area officers and crew of the Abraham Lincoln. This is a wonderful area, full of history, fantastic beaches, great places to eat, and good people. Hope you enjoy your stay with us and we look forward to working with you during your RCOH at Newport News Shipbuilding. GO NAVY ! ! !

8/8/2012 7:51:00 AM
Jusr wanted to say congrats on a great mission! Well done and welcome home. I enjoyed the Boat Show series. Great stuff. Also Cpt. John Alexander,s explaining about was was going on during the different operations was ver well done. Great job guys and gals, my hat off to you all.

8/7/2012 7:02:00 PM
WAY TO GO NORFOLK . SO PROUD OF THE NAVY AND THEIR SHIPS WE COME FROM NAVY FAMILY AND IT IS SO EXCITING TO RECEIVE ANOTHER SHIP LIKE THIS TO ENTER OUR HARBOR IN NORFOLK . HOPE THEY ENJOY THEIR NEW HOME . WE ARE EXCITED TO TRY TO SEE ANOTHER SHIP THERE . THANK YOU ROSIE.

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The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prepares to arrive at it's new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.
120807-N-AG285-304 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prepares to arrive at it's new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. Abraham Lincoln deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th , 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Desiree D. Green/Released)
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