USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) and master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Jan. 18, during a multiday trip to the Middle East.
While aboard Lincoln, CNO Adm. Gary Roughead and MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West met with the ship's leadership, toured several of the ship's spaces, ate dinner with crew members on the enlisted mess decks, and spoke to Lincoln's crew at an all-hands call in the hangar bay.
West also met with Lincoln's chief petty officers and had an ice cream social with junior enlisted Sailors from Supply Department.
As part of the all-hands call, Roughead reenlisted 20 Sailors, recognized 50 others for their outstanding performance and spoke to the assembled crew about current issues impacting the lives of Navy Sailors. Roughead answered questions on a variety of topics, from advancement pay to Lincoln's upcoming homeport change from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va.
The CNO told the crew it was important for him to make time to see them face-to-face to thank them for the work they do in service to their nation.
"In all things that I do, the highlight for me is to be able to come back out to sea, to come on a great carrier like Lincoln and spend some time with you," he said. "I see what you do every day, wherever I am in the world. What you're doing here is extraordinarily important.
Roughead said Lincoln's efforts in support of naval objectives continue to demonstrate that the U.S. Navy is the most capable fighting force in the world.
"Your being here sends a signal that no one else can send," said Roughead. "With Abraham Lincoln, with the air wing and the ships that are out here in the strike group with you - there's no other military on the planet that can move military power with the force that you can. There's no one else that can even come close. I thank you for what you do.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.
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