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USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN On behalf of the entire crew, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the finest warship in the fleet! Our most recent accomplishments include the onload of 750,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel, crew move aboard, opening of the mess decks, and testing of the catapults. Lincoln is in her final year of a four-year yard period. Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo

Executive Officer

Capt. Todd Marzano

Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to undergo a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), a major life-cycle recapitalization that includes refueling of her nuclear propulsion plant, modernization of practically every major shipboard system and major infrastructure repairs. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of our national defense. With the completion of her time in the yards, Lincoln will be ready for another 25 years of service to our nation. The Lincoln represents America’s commitment to peace through a strong national defense. Manned with a skilled and dedicated crew and equipped with the most modern combat systems, to include an embarked air wing, this warship is a powerful instrument of sea power in the defense of peace and security. It is our pleasure to have you on board.

“Strength and Respect” Command Master Chief CMDCM Lee Salas

Ron L. Ravelo Captain, USN Commanding Officer

LINCOLN A Floating City

Medical and Dental Department Capable of services that include surgical, mental health, nursing management, physical therapy, radiation health, medical administration, preventive and occupational medicine, aviation medicine, oral surgery, routine dental care, preventive immunizations, digital radiography, and more.

Laundry On deployment, more than 75,000 lbs of laundry are processed each month with 24-hour turnaround service.

Barber On deployment, more than 250 haircuts per week are given.

Food Service More than 10,000 meals served per day (four meals daily: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and mid-rats) and 2.5 million meals during the course of a deployment.

Size 1,092 feet long, 206 feet tall, with approximately 3,200 spaces.

Water Four evaporators distilling over 400,000 gallons of fresh water daily.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN Lincoln warned the South in his inaugural address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for his education. Five months before receiving his party’s nomination for President, he sketched his life: “I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all.” Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.” He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He

lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860. As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion. The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his second inaugural address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.... “ On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died. Adapted from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.



Capt. Ravelo hails from San Diego, CA. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering through the NROTC program. Upon graduation and commissioning he reported to NAS Pensacola to commence flight training and was subsequently designated an unrestricted naval aviator in September 1989. Capt. Ravelo has proudly served with the Chargers of HS-14 in all of his fleet aviation tours, eventually commanding the squadron from 2005 to 2007. As a Charger he flew the SH-3H in USS RANGER (CV 61) and the SH-60F/HH-60H in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). During his tours with the Chargers he participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, and OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. During his command tour the squadron established the first helicopter detachment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, PHILIPPINES and JTF510/515. His shore assignments include Instructor Pilot in HS-10, Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, U. S. FIFTH Fleet, Helicopter Shore Assignments Officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Pers-43), and Maritime Division Chief on the staff of North American Aerospace Defense Command. Captain Ravelo is a distinguished graduate of the University of Redlands, earning a Master of Arts in Management, and is a graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He completed advanced studies in National Preparedness and Leadership through Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health. Capt. Ravelo was selected to the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program in October 2006 and completed his tour as Executive Officer of USS RONALD REAGAN in November 2010. Captain Ravelo commanded USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) from February 2013 to April 2014 and was selected for CVN Sequential Command in October 2013. Capt. Ravelo’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He was awarded the 2007 Commander, Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Association Outstanding Leadership Award for his tour as CO of the Chargers.


CAPT. TODD MARZANO Capt. Todd Marzano earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (with High Distinction) from the University of Colorado in May of 1992. Upon completing Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned in December of 1992. After being designated an Aviator in April of 1995 he reported to VFA-125 “Rough Raiders” for initial F/A-18C training. His first fleet assignment was with VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes,” during which he deployed aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In July 1999, he was selected to the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). After graduating he reported as a Tactics Instructor with Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP). Capt. Marzano then reported in 2001 to VFA-147 “Argonauts” as the squadron’s Training Officer. During this tour he completed a combat cruise onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and a WESTPAC deployment aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). Capt. Marzano remained with VFA-147 for his Department Head tour, during which he completed a combat cruise onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following his Department Head tour, Capt. Marzano was assigned to the Naval War College. He graduated in March of 2007 earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then screened for Operational Command and was ordered to VFA-146 “Blue Diamonds” as Executive Officer and later assumed the duties as Commanding Officer. In September of 2010 he was assigned to USNORTHCOM, serving in the Future Operations Division as the Homeland Defense Branch Chief. During his tour at USNORTHCOM he was selected for the Aviation Nuclear Officer program and reported to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in October of 2014 as Executive Officer. Capt. Marzano has logged over 3000 flight hours and accumulated over 800 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Strike Flight Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Achievement Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and numerous unit, campaign and service awards. Additionally, he was awarded the 2005 Michael G. Hoff CNAP Attack Aviator of the Year and was selected for the 2004 Navy and Marine Association (NMAA) Peer Leadership Award.


CMDCM LEE SALAS Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Salas, a native of San Antonio, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navy in June, 1990. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, Calif., he reported to Machinery Repairman “A” School at Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif.

Upon graduation, he reported for duty aboard USS Orion (AS 18) in La Maddalena, Italy. His fleet assignments include USS Yosemite (AD 19), USS Resolute (AFDM 10), USS Kauffman (FFG 59), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). Ashore, CMDCM Salas has served at SIM, Norfolk and Naval Recruiting District, Dallas, Texas. CMDCM Salas is serving his second tour aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, currently home ported in Newport News, Va. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 165, CMC/COB Course Class and is an Enlisted Surface Warfare (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS). CMDCM Salas has completed eight major deployments to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean, and Middle East in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards) as well as various other unit and campaign awards.

History of the

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Birth of a warship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is America’s fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship was named in honor of our nation’s 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. Abraham Lincoln’s keel was laid Nov. 3, 1984 in Newport News, Va. The ship was christened less than four years later and commissioned Nov. 11, 1989.

Rescue in Pinatubo Lincoln’s first deployment was scheduled for Kuwait in response to Iraq’s annexation of the country, however the ship was diverted instead to Mount Pinatubo on Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines. Operation Fiery Vigil became the largest recorded peacetime evacuation of active duty military personnel and family members. Lincoln led a 23-ship armada that moved nearly 45,000 people from Subic Bay Naval Station to the Visayas Province Port of Cebu.

Desert Storm After the incident in the Philippines, the Lincoln arrived in the Arabian Gulf where Carrier Airwing 11, the embarked air wing, provided combat air patrol reconnaissance and support for air operations over Kuwait and Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.

President Bush visits Lincoln In July 2002, Lincoln deployed to familiar waters, albeit an unfamiliar world, after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 CVN 72 assumed duties in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. The ship’s deployment was then extended to further support Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 10-month deployment ended May 2003 with a historic visit by President George W. Bush.

Tsunami Relief In 2004, following renovation and repairs in Bremerton, Wash., Lincoln left for a seventh deployment. When a devastating tsunami struck Southeast Asian in 2005, the ship was diverted for Operation Unified Assistance, delivering much-needed supplies and aid. Lincoln remained in the Western Pacific Ocean before returning home in March 2005.

Rebuilding a Legacy Following an “Around the World” deployment lasting nine months, in which Lincoln spent 245 days away from homeport, sailed more than 72,000 miles, and logged more than 32,00o flight hours, the ship returned to her original home in Newport News, Va. for her midlife Refueling and Complex Overhaul.

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...that a government for the people, by the people

SHALL NOT PERISH ...from the earth.

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