USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command visited Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 ships in the Arabian Sea, July 4-5.
During the visit, Vice Adm. John W. Miller met with leadership from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CSG 71).
He also toured the ships, served food during a steel beach picnic on Lincoln's flight deck, and spoke to Lincoln Sailors during an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay.
Addressing the Lincoln crew at the all-hands call, Miller stressed the importance of the U.S. naval presence in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and thanked the assembled crew for their actions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) throughout the last several months while the ship has been deployed in the AOR.
"Lincoln is phenomenal with their reactions," he said. "With 20-25 sorties a day, Lincoln is directly supporting troops on the ground, and I am proud of their hard work in this area of responsibility."
In celebration of Independence Day, Miller also thanked the crew for their professional work and dedication to the mission.
"As we think of our friends and family celebrating the holidays with their barbecues and fireworks, remember that we all honor your service," said Miller. "Your professionalism and patriotism sets the standard for everyone in the way to do business, and I show the strongest gratitude to everyone in the strike group."
CSG-9 is comprised of Lincoln, CVW 2, Cape St. George and DESRON 9. The strike group is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat operations in support of OEF.