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USS Abraham Lincoln

Log of Activities - USS Abraham Lincoln Aircraft Carrier(1991)

Author: Frank Beierly, AZCS (E-8), (now retired)

Current News About the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)


Monday, May 27 1991 

This account of CVW-11's "Adventure 91" is for specific events that I intend to (try) and log during our deployment aboard Lincoln, beginning today thru Thanksgiving or earlier (whichever comes first).

Depart NAS Miramar for Alameda by C-9 (VR-57) 


VF-114, VF-213, VA-95, VAQ-135, VFA-22, VFA-94, VS-29, VAW-117, HS-6 

Tuesday, May 28

Depart Alameda via USS Abraham Lincoln for some foreign ports (somewhere, how many?).  At least three different schedules are the authorized one.


Sunday, Jun 9

Never happened, International dateline. 

Sunday, Jun 16

Heard a volcano in P.I. blew called Pinatubo.  Flew off 29 aircraft to Kadena AFB to make room for possible evacuation of Clark AFB/Subic dependents due to eruption..  Papered acft on roof to prevent ash damage. 

Monday, Jun 17

Arrived P.I. 1400.  Picked up 2100 evacuees/180 dogs due to volcano eruption, departed 2200.  Air filled with ash, enroute to Cebu.  Looks like a moonscape out there.  Everything is covered with ash, amazing, like a National Geographic moment.  Never seen anything like this, like chewing on sand, in eyes, ears. 

Tuesday, Jun 18

Transiting to Cebu, a baby was born on the Roanoke today. 

Wednesday, Jun 19

Arrived Cebu (Magellan Bay) approx 0800.  Evacuees begin departing ship via CH-53.  Slow process. Clean air. 

Thursday, Jun 20

Last CH-53 left 0100.  Departed Cebu at 0500 we are heading back to Subic to pick up more evacuees.  The Midway should be there tomorrow, now a part of operation "Fiery Vigil". 

Friday, Jun 21

Arrived in Subic 0600 for second run.  Scheduled pullout is 1300.  Took approx 3300 people.  Pull alongside Midway for vertrep.  Midway will finish evacuee run today.  Raining hard.  Muddy. 

Saturday, Jun 22

Arrived Cebu 0730 with verified 3200 evacuees.  Departure by helo should take 14-16 hours.  Abraham Canetta, 6 lb 8 oz was born onboard today at 1630.  They say Midway 1ook 1400 evacuees aboard on the 21st and will not have to return. 

Sunday, Jun 23

Last helo departed 0300, rumors abound…next?  Pulled anchor 0800.  Headed north.  Aft berthing compartments are trashed.  Hangar bay still smells like wet dogs. 

Monday, Jun 24

Fourth mail call so far, and food is still plentiful, not much fresh fruit though.

Tuesday, Jun 25

Operating in the South China Sea near Saigon

Wednesday, Jun 26

Today = 30 days at sea.  AECS Nettles got his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) wings today.

Log of activities of the Lincoln in 1991 written by AZC Beierly

Saturday, Jun 29

Acft mishap today, VF-213.  201 and  205 midair.  201 into sea, crew ejected and are safe.  205 lost 9 1/2 ft of stbd wing, diverted to Singapore (amazing).  Will not make remainder of cruise.  201 struck from inventory.  (see site with photo of damaged F-14)

Sunday, Jun 30

Arrived Singapore at 0700 will stay till Jul 5. 

Thursday, Jul 4

VF-114.  106 sitting on the fantail, someone blew the canopy off with emergency jettison handle.  Canopy bounced off the acft down to camel and into water.  Luckily no one was hurt.

Friday, Jul 5

Pulled anchor 0650, depart Singapore.

Saturday, Jul 6

Transiting Straits of Malacca.

Sunday, Jul 7

Entered the Indian Ocean 0700

LAT N 5 29.350

LON E 90.35.318 

Monday, Jul 8

Off the coast of Sri Lanka, acft mishap.  VF-213.  203 went into sea near ship approx 1730, crew ejected safely.  Recovered by HS-6 helo.  Both ok.

Tuesday, Jul 9

VA-95.  515 had a partial ejection.  The acft trapped with the B/N halfway outside the canopy in the air stream,  his chute wrapped around the fuselage and tail.  Everyone alive.  Unbelievable.

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Wednesday, Jul 10

In Arabian Sea.  Will turn north after replenishment with Roanoke.  Current position:

TIME:     0645 (L)

LAT:       N 7.05.100

LON:       E 73.42.300

HDG:      300.6 

Thursday, Jul 11

Gulf pay entitlements begin today.  FSA Type II, Combat Zone Exclusion, Imminent Danger Pay, free mail

LAT:       N 13.13.107

LON:       E 68.20.285

HDG:      322.2

Roughest seas yet.  Waves hitting hard, sometimes over the angle.  Deck closed.

Friday, Jul 12

HS-6.  Someone left an AESS power hatch open rubbed against (scraped) against 614 all night.  Tail pylon worn beyond limits.  Swapped helo with Nimitz. 

Saturday, Jul 13

Entered Straits of Hormuz 0530, manned 50 cals, CWIZ, Sea Sparrows.  Set Mine Zebra  and watches.  0930:  Nimitz 1000 yards to stbd.  People waving happily, why?

When crossdeck/turnover is complete they head home.  We are their relief.   It is incredibly hot out here.

Sunday, Jul 14

On station.  All ship defenses will stay at the ready.  The beginning of a long, boring, hot, sticky, cloudy, smelly, constant low visibility Persian Gulf patrol.  Plenty of life in the water (sea snakes, jelly fish, dolphins).  GQ every Monday and Friday. 

Monday, Jul 15

Daily flight schedule usually 1300-2300 so they can get day and night traps.

Wednesday, Jul 17

Rumors are starting to fly about the 25th and what part we will play in Saddam's master plan.  Will we see Dubai on the 25th  (when we're supposed to pull in).  We will probably stick to the original sched anyway, as printed as usual.

Thursday, Jul 18

The Cunnard princess is here for R&R visits for the our crew (wah!).  Ship to ship?  It's for E-6 and below.  Begins on the 23RD.  1ST Gulf mail call today.  AFCM is back from beach (Bahrain).  Cag calls him the snoozer (must be a personal one).  Something about the Londoner Pub. 

Friday, Jul 19

Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) gear handed out today along with our own personal DECON kit.  Had our second mail call since the 14th, almost as many as the Nimitz did their whole time out here (they had three). 

Saturday, Jul 20

Dubai officially cancelled today, so much for the printed plan.  No  port scheduled in it's place at this time.  Must be something to that Imminent Danger Pay and what will happen Jul 25th. .  Scheduled to be on alert 24-28 Jul. 

Monday, Jul 22

Approximate standard position since the 15th:

LON:       27.23.00

LAT:       50.33.95

Supposed to head up north tomorrow.

Forrestal launched a 36 acft simulated strike at the designated range today.

Tuesday, Jul 23

Heading north to 25 miles off Iran and 100 miles off Iraq.  Just as hot here.  Launched a 32 acft simulated at the range.  Everyone is back.

2100 heading back south, we'll be there by morning.

Wednesday, Jul 24

Rumor control says Dubai 12-17 Aug.  Some say we'll have beer day before next inport.  Mail call.  These mail calls are not the greatest.  We often wonder who is getting all this mail that comes aboard (tons), not us in the Air Wing. 

Thursday, Jul 25

It's 2000, for some the day is ended, for some it's not even close.

Today is supposedly the big deadline.  The only deadline we faced today was the meetings, briefs, flight schedule, chow time, stores closing, those normal day to day things associated with staff life.

Friday, Jul 26

Left Miramar 61 days ago.  I didn't plan on writing a book.  It seems to be turning out that way.  Better than boring, who will want to read this in November anyway.  Another mail call, nine tons, for somebody.

Wednesday, Jul 31

Have not moved much since the 15th.  One trip up north, the rest of the time in small circles.

Thursday, Aug 1

Dropped anchor off the coast of Bahrain.  No land in sight. 

LON:       26.35.632

LAT:       50.57.60

Visibility:  Sucks.  About 3/4 mile, you can see a film on the water.  We will be swinging around the anchor through the 3rd.  Another schedule came out today.

Friday, Aug 2

Helo folks going ashore saw a mine this morning 36 mi due east from ship.  Launched  the helo to search and destroy crew it, they looked all day and found it at 1700 18 mi due east and destroyed it.  Good eyes in them helos.  What if they didn’t see it?

Saturday, Aug 3

Pulled anchor in this lovely at anchor port, surrounded by sea snakes and man-of-war jelly fish.  The crew thoroughly enjoyed liberty in their berthing compartments after “Holiday Routine” (holiday for the ship’s crew, routine for the Air Wing).

Friday, Aug 9

We may actually pull in on the 12th for restricted liberty (wonder what that means), at least the mail calls are getting more frequent.

Saturday, Aug 10

Mailed papers to Disney, Sea World, Universal to see if I get response to freebies to folks back home that served out here they expire on Nov 11.  I hope to get extensions for us when we get back.

Monday, Aug 12

Dropped anchor off Dubai 0830, normal liberty.  It's really hot. No shorts, avg temp should stay around 108 deg.

Saturday, Aug 17

Pulled out early for an exercise tomorrow, left 185 folks behind, including AK1 Panga.  Excellent considering the amount of people that were on liberty.

Sunday, Aug 18

One person from VAQ-135 was drunk and dove head first into the shallow end of a swimming pool.  Broke a vertebrae in his neck.  He's there in traction.

Wednesday, Aug 21

An Air Force RF-4G Wild Weasel crashed 65 miles from Daharan, an A-10 vectored HS-6 to the scene, picked up crew.  Crew ok, one had a broken shoulder.  Transferred them to a Saudi via an H-1 FFT.

Saturday, Aug 24

On the 1530 launch  VFA-94 acft 304 ( F/A18) had a cold cat shot.  Only 108 knots at the end of stroke.  Acft in water, pilot ejected  and ok.  Helo picked him up, less than 10 min in the water.

Sunday, Aug 25

Left Miramar 91 days ago.  It's still summertime back home.

Tuesday, Aug 27

Today is the official halfway point.  We had prime rib a and lobster tail (surf & turf). 

Bad news, first threat of water hours - we are down to 53% of water capacity and can't make enough through the night.  Conservation is a must.

Monday, Sep 2

This is the week for school to begin for most children back at home.

Sunday, Sep 8

Found out that there are 9000 doctors at a convention in Dubai.  Now we are not pulling in until the 15th.  What timing!  Another unscheduled schedule.  We're getting good at this.

Monday, Sep 9

Anchored off Baharain.  Here for two days.  An airman from VS-29 died last night, rumors say he was sniffing freon and froze his lungs.  Flew his body off today.  His friend survived.  An AE1 from H-6 lost his ring finger, never took his ring off out here and got it caught in the basket reel of the helo.  They sewed it back on today.

Tuesday, Sep 10

Today is Steel Beach day, no work.  We still sent out an AMRR.  They are grilling burgers, steaks on the flight deck.  The lines are long, the weather is hot, and the band is playing.  We'd rather be inport.  But hey, could be worse and we are all ok.

Friday, Sep 13

HM-15 lost a CH-53 while taking off from the Pelileu (LHA-5) last night.  Six personnel onboard, HS-6 out looking for survivors.

Saturday, Sep 14

Bad news.  Six bodies recovered from HM-15 helo.

Sunday, Sep 15

Dropped anchor off the coast of Dubai at 0930 (about four miles off) for some well deserved (I could think of a cooler place) liberty.

Friday, Sep 20

Rumors are flying again about another deadline that we are involved in.  We will not pull out early though.  I think about how long this cruise would feel if we had a plan.  This unpredictability is the norm (hmm…).

Saturday, Sep 21

Pulled anchor at 0700 everyone's back.  Liberty was a mental relief for all.  We are ready to head out again for normal ops.  So far word is that all went well with the crew.

Sunday, Sep 22

Left one person behind, he was drunk (like the diver last inport).  Went into someone's house and slept in their bed.  They had him arrested, and as expected he's still there awaiting charges.

Tuesday, Sep 24

We left 120 days ago and should return home in about 62 days.

Thursday, Sep 26

Our relief, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) departed Norfolk today for deployment.  How do you spell relief?  IKE!

Friday, Sep 27

Headed out of the Gulf for a few days off the southern coast of Oman.  Ocean a little cooler out here, 80 deg instead of the standard 93.  Outside temp:  mid 80's.

Saturday, Sep 28

Sleeping is a lot better out here, the whole ship is a lot cooler.  Cool water is good for the ship.

Current position: Arabian Sea

LAT:      N 21.48.580

LON:       E 60.07.305

Temp:     Cooler than the last two months.  Feels like a cold front.

Sunday, Sep 29

It was truly a remarkable day, the Lizards (VA-95) thought it was fly-off or something, they had 12 out of 14 jets up.  Must be the weather.  People are talking about sleeping with two blankets.  We may need foul weather gear if the temp drops below 78 deg.

Monday, Sep 30

It's the compensation factor.  The weather is still nice and cool.  Now it takes longer to get hot water, that's the easy part.

Tuesday, Oct 1

AK1 Panga is getting his annual workout.  Money, big money.  Somewhere around 63 million dollars, and every squadron wants their part of the pot.

Friday, Oct 4

Tomorrow we pull in, anchor four miles out again (pull in?).  The positive thing: This is the first scheduled port that we are going to be on time for.  It only took four months to get it right  (with a little help from Saddam).  That's scary.  Lets hope the rest of this cruise is on schedule.

Saturday, Oct 5

Dropped anchor approx one mile off Dubai 0745 (swinging around the anchor again).  Scheduled to depart this anchorage on the 12th.

Thursday, Oct 10

This Dubai inport is too long.

Saturday, Oct 12

Pulled anchor 0840 due to fog.  Headed outta here today.  Should be through the straits by morning then through the Gulf of Oman into North Arabian Sea by tomorrow.

Good-by Dubai!!!   And we're getting short.

Monday, Oct 14

Officially out of the Gulf.  Entering the North Arabian Sea.  I got my EAWS wings today.

Tuesday, Oct 15

Last night a guy cut his wrists.  He'll live, he flew off this morning.  Got one of those letters from home.

Thursday, Oct 17

Heading south, IKE in the Red Sea. Turnover complete.  We won't see them, that's ok, we're going home.

Tuesday, Oct 22

Entering the Malacca Straits 0300, finish transit at 1800 tonight in the South China Sea.

Wednesday, Oct 23

Halfway across the South China Sea.

LAT:       N 4.55.091

Lon:        E 106.0.291

HDG:      053.6

Been raining off and on the last two days.  Free SCRUBEX (cleaning) for those guys on the flight deck.

Thursday, Oct 24

150 days gone by, 32 days left.

Saturday, Oct 26

Arrived Subic 1415.  Have not seen this place since May (still a mess), but we will be tied to a pier!    We can walk off this time too.  Just a walk down the brow, no liberty boats.  Subic looks good, some green, a lot of ash,  still thick in some places.  Looks like dirty snow.

Sunday, Oct 27

It's pretty hot and muggy during the day, at least we can wear shorts, not like the gulf (long pants, collars, and 108 deg).  Except for the ash, it's hard to see when the winds blow.   It gets in your hair, mouth, ears, ugh….. I feel so sorry for the people that live here, but they are doing as well as can be expected.

Monday, Oct 28

It's amazing, the survival rate of the bars here, most of them are still kicking.  A lot of buildings are down, the main street (Magsaysay) looks beat up, but alive with life.  Beer on average is 15 pesos (70 cents).

Wednesday, Oct 30

Scheduled to depart today at 1600.  Going to heavy weather tie downs on departure, expecting heavy seas.  Heavy weather.

Thursday, Oct 31

Rough riding across the South China Sea.

Friday, Nov 1

Anchored eight miles out at 0810 in the port of Hong Kong.  Rides in are supposed to take 45 min.  After the last port (two days ago) most are saying they will wait for the next port to get off (Alameda).  Nice weather, cool, maybe wear the sweater I brought.

Sunday, Nov 3

Rides in are over 90 min.  The water is rough going in. 

Wednesday, Nov 6

Pulled anchor 0840.  Next port, USA.  They say the exchange rate is one to one (haha).  We are supposed to hit 12-14 foot seas today and up to 18 ft tomorrow.  We have to tie stuff down so it doesn’t fall or roll, things could get rough.

Thursday, Nov 7

We are in the Philippine Sea, the roughest waters of the cruise so far.  The deck is pitching 4-6 feet in the office, it's oscillating, it's terrible.  People are sick (me included).  A lot of folks don't look well.

Sunday, Nov 10

Off the coast of Japan, should start the southeastern transit across the pacific toward Hawaii tonight, should get warmer.  Our last official task "ANNUALEX" was complete at 1000 today.

We'll be advancing the clocks one hour each even day till the 22nd.

Monday, Nov 11

Heavy winds and high seas are preventing our all weather acft from flying,…..sea states are bad, the ship had been getting pounded, waves occasionally over the bow.  The Philippine Sea was calm compared to this.  All sponsons and weather decks are closed.  Stay inside.

Tuesday, Nov 12

I remember writing a few months ago about how hot it was, now there are jackets everywhere.  People are sleeping in sweats, socks, and two blankets.

LAT:       N 32.58.333

LON:       E 159.32.137

Weather:  read yesterday

We're getting close to home.

Wednesday, Nov 13

Blue skies to prevail today.  Sure hope so.

Thursday, Nov 14

The weather has broken.  It sure is pretty out here, halfway between Japan and Hawaii.  Almost flat blue seas. Weather is getting good., getting warmer, clear skies.  Can see the horizon.  Beautiful……

Friday, Nov 15

We crossed the international dateline at 0832 on this second 15th of Nov 1991.  We lost Jun 9th and got it back today.

LAT:       N 29.44.409

LON:     179.59.246

Three more time changes and two GQ's and we'll be home.

Sunday, Nov 17

Amongst the Hawaiian Islands.  Nice outside.  Beautiful.

LAT:       N 26.14.409

LON:       W 167.54.582

All 79 acft onboard looking good for a fly off on the 24th.  Two S-3's are already gone.  Flew to Guam.

Thursday, Nov 21

I haven't logged anything for almost a week. Thought we already left didn't you.  VS-29 flew off today.

Friday, Nov 22

Airlift madness has begun.  We will move 1200 folks home by air and 250 by bus.  Crunch time.

Saturday, Nov 23

Getting the hangar bays ready for the scrubbing.  Tomorrow is the major fly off, all the acft will be gone, things will get hectic.  All the squadrons will want everything they can't have.  Every command is their own priority, we have to get 1300 people home as soon as we pull in. 

Sunday, Nov 24

All acft gone, packing out.  It has been a long time.  We've done a lot, seen a lot.  We got there and "almost did" (25 July).  I guess it's better that we didn't.  The storm has passed, and hopefully will not come again.  We're at the trailing end.  Time to go now……..

Monday, Nov 25

I just had to say that this my last entry.

Going home by C-9 at 2010.We all survived this deployment, it went fast now that I look back to May 28th

Time to get busy staging, schedule aircraft to fly folks home, offload maddness, no sleep, almost over ... later CAG, CAGMO, Jun, Don, Dennis, George, Pete, and the rest of the CAG Staff .... thanks for sharing May 1991 to November 1991 with me. It was a quick six months, but fun and full of memories.


AZC Beierly

Frank served in the Navy for 26 years, retired as a Senior Chief (E-8) and made four cruises between 72' and 96'. 

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