Lincoln Csg Returns Home from Southeast Asia

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Lincoln Csg Returns Home from Southeast Asia


Duprey, Susan, Sea Classics


The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the largest American warship to actively participate in assisting in the tsunami rescue effort in Southeast Asia, and her Carrier Strike Group, including Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, returned home early in March after an extended deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Lincoln made a brief stop at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 February. CVW-2 aircraft departed Lincoln while off the coast of San Diego 28 February. Lincoln arrived at Naval Air Station North Island on the morning of 1 March to offload the rest of CVW-2, then upped anchor to return to Naval Station Everett, Washington, on 4 March. As was the previous case for Lincoln's Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), along with accompanying air wing and ships, the current deployment turned out to be anything but typical. After a port visit to Hong Kong over the Christmas holiday season, ALCSG immediately responded to provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster that claimed more than 200,000 lives in December.

On New Year's Day, sailors from the ALCSG began to deliver vital food, water and medicine to help stabilize life-threatening situations, as well as provide helicopter transportation for displaced persons. From first light to sundown, helicopters from San Diego-based Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 2 "Golden Falcons," Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 "Saberhawks" and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11 "Gunbearers" carried out missions into Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, and along the Sumatran coastline, rendered inaccessible due to the devastation caused by the tsunami.

From 1 January until 4 February, Lincoln's aircraft flew 1747 missions in support of Operation Unified Assistance (OUA), carried 5,711,866lbs of supplies, including 16,308-gal of water, and transported 3043 passengers. Over 1200 crew members from the ship and air wing volunteered to go ashore and assist. Medical personnel from Lincoln treated 259 people. Also, more than 200 patients were medically evacuated for further treatment.

Besides rendering emergency aid, Lincoln made port calls to Hong Kong and Singapore, and participated in six community relation projects with 125 volunteers. The ship also hosted several dignitaries such as US Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin; and Commander, US Pacific Command, Adm. …

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