A Salute To The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln

America-haters. Do you think you could stop raving
against our
“war criminals”

“killing machines”—

Teddy Kennedy,
could you stop panting over those

Abu Ghraib
photos—for a moment and join me in praise
for our military`s

compassion and innovation?

At the drop of a
hat, the

U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group
from Hong Kong to help survivors of tsunami disaster in
southern Asia.

How is the
unmatched speed, range, and overall mobility of the
American super carrier possible? Twin

nuclear reactors.

Believe it or
not, the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln has been banned from
docking at certain

politically correct ports
because of its reactors.
For the moment, global

have stopped attacking the aircraft
carrier over the nuke issue. But you can count on the
eco-Luddites returning to their hysterical protests as
soon as all the aid has been delivered.

Too much of the
world, and too many here at home, take the amazing
capabilities of ships like the Abraham Lincoln for
granted. The carrier`s 1,092-foot flight deck
outperforms some of the best commercial airports,
launching and recovering up to 90 aircraft on hundreds
of flights every day, according to the Navy. Eight steam
turbine generators produce enough electrical power to
serve a small city. The ship carries approximately 3
million gallons of fuel, and can stock food and supplies
for 90 days.

Oh, and those
much-maligned nuclear reactors help turn seawater into
more than 400,000 gallons of fresh water daily—clean,
safe water desperately needed by survivors. Sailors
aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln have reportedly even
stopped taking showers to make every last drop of fresh
water available to tsunami survivors for drinking.

One of the most
touching series of photos available at the Navy`s
website features Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Joshua
Savoy and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Davy Nugent

preparing loaves of bread
in the aircraft carrier`s
bakery for tsunami victims. The bakery produces between
600-800 loaves a day.

Here are two
fine, young American sailors—representative of thousands

Americans in uniform
like them—lending their skills
to help the suffering.

Where are the
politicians who will wave Spc. Joshua Savoy and Spc.
Davy Nugent`s pictures before the TV cameras? Who will
make them household names?

Aboard the
carrier, every last crew member—from medical personnel
to engineers to bakers—is pitching in to help with the
relief effort. The crew of about 6,000 has deployed at
least 10 of its 17 helicopters to deliver them to
tsunami victims on the coast. Surgical teams from the
carrier have set up triage sites on Sultan Iskandar Muda
Air Force Base in Banda Aceh, and are working with teams
from Carrier Air Wing Two and the International
Organization for Migration.

I would be
remiss in not mentioning the rest of the strike group
and their leaders: the San Diego-based cruiser USS
Shiloh (CG 67), commanded by Capt. Joe Harrissm and the
destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), commanded by Cmdr. Don
Hornbeck; the Everett, Wash.-based destroyer USS Shoup (DDG
86), led by Cmdr. Alexander T. Casimes; the Pearl Harbor-based
attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724), under the
command of Cmdr. David Kirk; the Bremerton, Wa.-based
fast combat support ship USS Rainier (AOE 7);  Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2; Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)
151; Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137; and Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82.

You should also
know that the members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln
Carrier Strike Group are no strangers to humanitarian
missions. In October 1993, Abraham Lincoln took off from
the Arabian Gulf (where it was supporting the United
Nations-sanctioned enforcement of the no-fly zone over
southern Iraq) for Somalia. The carrier flew patrols

and surrounding areas for four months,
backing U.N. ground troops during

Operation Continue Hope.

How`s that for

I wish I had
room to print the name of every sailor, pilot, rescue
swimmer, technician, and engineer who serves in this
strike group—and on every other American ship, plane,
and helicopter on its way to help the tsunami victims.

You deserve to
be seen and known and thanked and remembered. You make
America proud.

At the

saluting our troops is called

. Where I`m from, it`s called gratitude.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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