Returned From Deployment
Navy Seaman Shakita N. Jones, granddaughter of Helen Barnes of Far Rockaway, recently returned from a 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, home-ported in Everett, Washington.
Jones was one of more than 10,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group and USS Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group who participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Jones’ scheduled six-month deployment began in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch in July 2002. As the battle group neared completion of its deployment in December 2002, the USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group was recalled to duty in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Aircraft carriers, like Abraham Lincoln, are deployed around the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Jones is a 2002 graduate of Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Florida, and joined the Navy in June 2002.