PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 1, 2020) Quartermaster 3rd Class Ryan Gouger, from Newberg, Ore., writes the first deck log of the year while standing Quartermaster of the Watch on the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dan Snow/Released)
By Quartermaster 3rd Class Sara Nevison, Deployed at Sea on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
NOTE: The New Year’s Day deck log is a longstanding U.S. Navy tradition, in which a Sailor on watch pens his or her reflections in verse, which the watch stander on duty at midnight then enters into the deck log. For more on this tradition, see this article from Naval History and Heritage Command.
As another year comes to an end, Sailors reflect on the past And how it all began.
COMPTUEX was the first chapter Of our long extended adventure. Countless Surprise GQs and neverending EMCON conditions Were the ship’s main ambition.
But together through it all All the Sailors stood tall With acceptance of the fate The ship was soon going to face.
‘Twas the night before deployment, And all through the base, Every Lincoln Sailor packing Their sea bags and suitcase. Saying goodbye to families Because it’s the last day.
6th Fleet was our first stop. Palma De Mallorca, Spain, Made our mouths drop. Such a beautiful place to see— We wondered what the next port would be.
Duqm 1, Duqm 2, Duqm 3, Arabian Sea. Swim call, swim call— Happy birthday, USS Abraham Lincoln! The water is welcome to all.
Six short blasts are sounded: Man overboard man overboard! The chem light bandit still isn’t found yet. Extensions upon extensions— The ship was very much needed. Missing holidays with family Everyone felt defeated.
Good morning, Lincoln Nation! We finally got some information. We are headed to 7th Fleet, But first we to clean Your filthy pollywog feet.
We crossed the equator And to become a shellback was in favor. Covered in green slime And drenched in saltwater of course, We were accepted into King Neptune’s Court.
As we start off a new year, Lincoln Sailors are in joy and glee To what we leave behind in 2019. Lots of memories and lots of fun, But what comes next in 2020 has begun.