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Pacific Fleet Commander Visits Lincoln

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070309-10
Release Date: 3/9/2007 2:09:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Michael Cook, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Gary Roughead, visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) March 7, and spoke to the crew about the Navy’s deployability and employability policies during an all hands call aboard the aircraft carrier.

"It's important to understand the deployability and employability policy," he said. "We're committed to having ships in their homeport at least 50 percent of the time in an employment cycle. Homeport tempo is something that we're paying very close attention to."

Homeport tempo is the percentage of time a unit is in homeport from the end of one maintenance phase to the end of the next maintenance phase.

Roughead, who commands U.S. Naval forces in an area of more than 100 million square miles, addressed the ship’s crew and commended the Sailors’ hard work through a recent deployment and the ship's current overhaul period.

In October 2004, Lincoln was diverted to Southeast Asia during Operation Unified Assistance following a devastating tsunami to deliver supplies and aid, potentially saving thousands of lives.

“Abraham Lincoln projects a positive image of the United States and the U.S. Navy,” he said. “This crew and this ship are making a difference in the Pacific Fleet and throughout the world. The work this ship did a few years ago during the tsunami is not forgotten. What you did is such a powerful thing and the image of this ship is in the minds of people all over the world."

Previously, Lincoln was known for a marathon 10-month deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. Its most recent deployment, completed in August, was to the Western Pacific where Lincoln participated in Valiant Shield and numerous exercises with foreign navies including Rim of the Pacific 2006.

Roughead took questions from the crew on topics ranging from the 1,000-ship navy, to individual augmentee deployment, to implementation of the Navy's new uniforms. Before departing the ship, Roughead thanked Lincoln's crew for its dedication.

Lincoln is currently moored at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Wash., while completing a dry dock planned incremental availability. Based in Everett, Wash., the ship is preparing to deploy later this year.

"I know the maintenance period can be a hard time for the crew," Roughead said, "and I thank you for your great service. I thank you for what you've done, and what I know you'll continue to do."

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