Rock band Saving Abel re-teams with the USO and boarded the USS Carl Vinson as part of a USO concert at sea April 11. Spreading cheer to sailors returning from a three-month deployment at sea, the band rocked out with troops and jump-started the ship's return to the states.
Atop 6-foot waves and 13 miles-per-hour winds, the band entertained more than 2,000 sailors. Footage from the USO show will be broadcast online in late Spring/early Summer.
Airlifted to an undisclosed location in the Pacific Ocean on April 11, the band mingled with troops, performed a 90-minute USO concert and spent the night with sailors. This is Saving Abel's second USO tour.
Avid supporters of the U.S. military, Saving Abel traveled to Kuwait and Iraq in late February, and participated in an eight-day USO tour. The band visited four bases and touched the lives of more than 4,800 troops. Footage from the group's concert at Camp Arifjan was later streamed online with help from Ustream. The show was viewed by more than 9,600 fans.
Known for such hits as "Addicted," "18 Days" and "Drowning (Face Down)," the band released their self-titled debut album in '08 and are scheduled to release their sophomore album MISS AMERICA on June 8, 2010. Named after their first USO tour, the album title was inspired by the service and sacrifice of America's troops and their families.
The USS Carl Vinson is relocating its homeport from Norfolk, VA, to San Diego, CA, on April 12. The ship spent five years in Hampton Roads before departing the area on January 12.
While in route to its new home, the USS Carl Vinson was deployed to Haiti to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. The ship arrived off the coast of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 15 – equipped with 3,200 troops, 19 helicopters and support equipment from five different East Coast Navy squadrons.
After spending three weeks in Haiti, the USS Carl Vinson participated in "Operation Southern Seas 2010," a U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Partnership of the Americas.