USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is America's fifth Nimitz class carrier. The ship was named
in honor of the nation's sixteenth president and is the second ship of the line to bear
the name. The keel was laid on Nov. 3, 1984, at Newport News, VA. Four years later, the
ship was christened and began a series of performance trials leading up to commissioning
on Nov. 11, 1989, in Norfolk, VA.
After completing shakedown and acceptance trials, Lincoln departed Norfolk in September
1990 to complete an inter-fleet transfer from the Atlantic to Pacific Fleet. To change
fleets, the ship completed an "around the horn" transit of South America and
participated in multilateral training exercises with the navies and air forces of several
South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chili and Uruguay. These highly
successful operations, involving both air and surface units, were significant for their
complexity and unique professional training, which firmly established Lincoln's reputation
On May 28, 1991, Lincoln set sail on its maiden Western Pacific (WestPac) deployment,
nearly four months ahead of its originally scheduled date in response to Operation Desert
Shield/Desert Storm. While en route to the Indian Ocean, Lincoln was diverted to support
evacuation operations in the Philippines. The operation, Operation Fiery Vigil, became the
largest peacetime evacuation of active-duty military and family members in history.
Lincoln led a 23-ship armada that sea lifted nearly 20,000 evacuees from the naval station
at Subic Bay. The ship moved nearly 4,500 people from Subic Bay to Cebu Island,
With Operation Fiery Vigil, complete, Lincoln took up station in the Arabian Gulf in
support of allied and U.S. troops remaining in the region for Operation Desert Storm.
Lincoln's air wing, CVW-11, provided nearly continuous combat air patrol, reconnaissance
and support air operations over Kuwait and Iraq. Lincoln remained in the Gulf for more
than three months, on alert for contingencies. After returning from WestPac in November
1991, Lincoln spent much of early 1992 in a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at
Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif.
In the latter part of the year, Lincoln began work-up training operations for a second
WestPac. Lincoln spent the better part of a year preparing for the deployment and then
departed Alameda on June 15, 1993. After a port visit to Hong Kong, Lincoln returned to
the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, the UN sanctioned enforcement of
a "no-fly" zone over Southern Iraq.
On Oct. 8, Lincoln departed the gulf at flank speed headed for Somalia to assist United
Nations humanitarian operations there, as directed by President Clinton. The carrier spent
four weeks flying patrols over the city of Mogadishu and surrounding areas, backing UN
ground troops during Operation Continue Hope.
Lincoln’s crew celebrated an age old traditional "Crossing the Line" on Nov.
12, just prior to enjoying a four day visit to Perth, Australia. The Marine detachment
performed a sunset review onboard Lincoln on Dec. 7, 1993 during a three day port visit,
the last ft before returning to Alameda on Dec. 16, 1993. During the transit from Hawaii,
family members and friends were able to embark for a Tiger cruise.
After returning from deployment, Lincoln spent several months in SRA, refurbishing the
ship and onboard equipment. Work-ups preparing the ship and air wing for the next
deployment started in earnest in June 1994 and continued until early 1995. Part of the
refurbishment included installing privacy bulkheads prior to integration of women into the
crew in the spring of 1995. Lincoln was the first West Coast aircraft carrier to integrate
April 11, 1995, Lincoln departed on its third WestPac deployment. The ship made port
visits in Hong Kong (May 5 - 9) and Singapore (May 14 - 19), before entering the Arabian
Gulf May 26, 1995. The crew made port visits to Jebel-Ali, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.),
four times during the first two months in the gulf. In response to renewed Iraqi military
posturing, the Lincoln Battle Group was required to remain in the Arabian Gulf to
participate in Operation Vigilant Sentinel. With plans to visit Australia dashed, the ship
visited Jebel-Ali one more time before departing the Arabian Gulf on Sept. 11, 1995. The
Lincoln took on family members and friends in Hawaii for a Tiger Cruise home, arriving in
Alameda, Calif. Oct. 10, 1995.
The Lincoln gave the crew a much need rest during a post deployment stand down Oct. 10 -
Nov. 6, 1995. Then the Commanding Officer began a "Noah’s Ark" cruise,
bringing family members, vehicles and pets aboard ship for the transit to a new homeport,
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash, arriving Nov. 18, 1995.
During an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA), the Lincoln crew,
shipyard workers and contractors conducted need repairs to various systems throughout the
ship. Lincoln entered dry-dock Jan. 8, 1996 to begin its first major overhaul since
commissioning. Four Lincoln Sailors saved a local civilian from drowning in a nearby lake.
In July, the flight deck non-skid is renewed and 536,010 gallons of JP-5 is on-loaded in
preparation for leaving dry-dock.
On Aug. 8, Lincoln moved out of dry-dock to Pier Bravo, PSNS, eight days ahead of
schedule. The ship completed $200 million in repairs, modifications, systems upgrades and
general improvements before conducting Sea Trials to test the integrity of the work Nov.
30 - Dec. 6, 1996, four weeks ahead of schedule.
More than 2,000 guests accompanied the ship to its new homeport, Naval Station Everett, Wash
8, 1997. The Command Career Counselors received "The Golden Anchor" for career
counseling excellence in 1996 during the transit.
The ship conducted carrier qualifications (CQ) and conducted general shipboard training,
in a preparation for workups for a deployment in 1998.
During spring operations, many distinguished visitors from the Chinese Navy embarked the
ship, including the Chief of Chinese Naval Operations.
A Lincoln Tiger cruise was held Aug. 4. More than 3,000 guests were treated to a short
cruise in the Puget Sound, including carrier flight operations demonstration, steel beach
picnic in the hangar bay, self-guided tours of the ship and an opportunity to experience
the anticipated thrill of hearing "Moored, shift colors." On Aug. 5, Abraham
Lincoln participated in the Seattle Sea Fair
celebration by taking a day cruise into Elliott Bay while hosting area dignitaries and
other high ranking officials.
On Sept. 11, 1997, Lincoln pulled into San Francisco bay for the first time in almost
two years to conduct an air power demonstration as part of the Fleet Week celebration
there. The Blue Angels
performed a show over the Bay within view of the city and the crew of the ship. After
several hours, the ship departed at flank speed heading for homeport after several weeks
of CQ and training. During its longest underway period (40 days) since WestPac ‘95,
Lincoln conducted almost continuous flight operations, loaded 4,000,000 lbs. of material
and ammunition, successfully completed nearly every phase of "Ready Carrier"
qualifications and gave 100's of distinguished visitors, including 40 Admirals and
Generals, an opportunity to see what their hard earned tax dollars are being spent on.
After another underway period, Lincoln returned to Everett Dec. 20, 1997 just in time
for the holidays.
||Nov. 3, 1984
||Feb. 13, 1988
||Nov. 11, 1989
||206 ft 6 in
|Width of flight deck
||257 ft 5.5 in
|Area of flight deck
||18,210 sq. m
||Approximately 95,000 tons (with full combat load)
||Two A4W Pressurized Water Reactors
|Steam turbine engines
||Four, General Electric
||More than 30 knots
|Weight of propeller
|Diameter of propeller
|Weight of rudder
|Dimensions of rudder
||29 x 22 ft
||8.84 x 6.7 m
|Weight of anchor
|Length of anchor chain
|Weight of chain link
|Weight of chain
|Area of elevator
||3,880 sq. ft
||360.5 sq. m
|Number of catapults
||80+ tactical aircraft, combat and support
||Three Sea Sparrow
missiles launchers (eight missiles each), four Phalanx CIWS mounts.
|Crew (incl. airwing)
||More than 5,500
|Number of spaces and compartments
||More than 3,200
|Distillation plant capacity
||400,000 gallons (15,142 lt.)
|Length of cable and wiring
||More than 900 miles (1,448 km)
|Number of light fixtures
||More than 30,000
|Number of shipboard telephones
||More than 1,900
|Number of meals served each day
||More than 20,000
|Loaves of bread baked each day
|Milk consumed each day
||660 gallons (2,500 lt.)
|Hamburger meat consumed each day
||540 lb (245 kg)
|Number of eggs consumed each day
||180 dozen (2,160 pc)
|Fresh vegetables consumed each day
||800 lb (363 kg)
|Dirty laundry washed each day
||5,550 lb (2,518 kg)
|Haircuts given each day