USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Air Department's V-2 division celebrated the 50,000th successful consecutive trap by arresting wire 2, June 5.
After the milestone aircraft was recovered on the flight deck, Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer, congratulated the division for their hard work and dedication over the ship's 1MC. Later, Alexander joined V-2 crew members in wire 2's engine room to celebrate the milestone with a cake-cutting ceremony.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Jasmine Tothill said the feat is particularly impressive because it means Lincoln's wire 2 recovery record has remained perfect since the ship was commissioned in November 1989.
"This event is worth celebrating because we've had that many traps without having to break out a barricade and without any incidents or injuries," Tothill said.
"It put a smile on my face to know that I was the guy to catch the milestone trap," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Jonathan Cody. "It took many ABEs to get to that number, so it gives us something to be proud of. And a little bit of appreciation and acknowledgement after a long and hard day of work really helped boost up our morale."
Tothill said she could not stress enough how much work goes into an achievement of this magnitude.
"That includes ongoing communication, countless hours of maintenance and a lot of hard work-work that goes into each and every successful trap," Tothill said.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Benjamin Ellis credited the V-2 personnel over the years for continuing to motivate one another to succeed, day in and day out.
"We have to stay motivated to keep up with our maintenance and to take care of our equipment," Ellis said. "We work long hours and in some of the most unfavorable conditions, so it takes a lot to keep our people motivated."
Each successful trap involves the synchronized efforts of V-2 flight deck personnel and maintenance personnel working in the arresting gear rooms located beneath the flight deck.
"The engine is 25 years old," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Melvin Abner. "So keeping it together and fully functional is hard work. It goes to show that this is definitely an amazing accomplishment."
Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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