Gates Visits USS Abraham Lincoln Crew

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Martin Griggs, Capt. Timothy Kuehhas and Command Master Chief Susan Whitman welcome U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for his visit aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010. This represents the first time Gates has visited a deployed aircraft carrier. Griggs is the ship's air transfer officer and Kuehhas is the executive officer.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrives on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, in a C-2A Greyhound, Dec. 6, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • U.S. Navy Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer USS Abraham Lincoln, and Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, salute Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates upon his arrival, Dec. 6, 2010. The visit marked Gates’ first time visiting a deployed aircraft carrier. The Abraham Lincoln is under way in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates crosses the rainbow sideboys during his arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 6, 2010. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is under way in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Arif Patani
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates prepares to eat lunch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with sailors during lunch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates administers the oath of enlistment to 13 sailors during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates administers the oath of enlistment to sailors during a re-enlistment ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates holds an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates answers a question during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is under way in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Pretty Officer 2nd Class Arif Patani
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, center, observes flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is underway in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 6, 2010.   U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales