USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
CVN 72
  
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The Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship was named in honor of United States 16th president and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear his name. The carrier's keel was laid Nov. 3, 1984, at Newport News, Va.

February 13, 1988 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Abraham Lincoln was christened and launched during a ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. JoAnn K. Webb served as the ship's sponsor. Capt. J. J. Dantone is the prospective commanding officer.

Built at the coast of over $3 billion, there are two significant differences in compared to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The upper stage three weapons elevator from the second deck to the main deck was removed, and the lower stage five and six weapons elevators are open to the main deck (instead of just reaching the second deck). The Lincoln lost ammunition storage space due to added survivability modifications. The change restricts stowage of high explosive on the fourth deck and relocation of ammuniton from the seventh deck.

September 26, Capt. Stanley W. Bryant relieved Capt. J. J. Dantone as CO of the CVN 72, after Dantone was unexpectedly transfered to take command of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

December 13, Capt. William B. Hayden relieved Capt. Stanley W. Bryant as the commanding officer of PCU Abraham Lincoln.

January 21, 1989 The aircraft carrier shifts from Pier 1 to Pier 2 at Newport News Shipyard for final phase of construction; The crew moved aboard from April 17-30.

August 28, PCU Abraham Lincoln departed for the first time for a three-day Builder's sea trials; Underway again from Sept. 10-14, with HS-9 embarked; Underway for acceptance trials and INSURV from Oct. 1-4; Delivered to the U.S. Navy on Oct. 30.

November 11, USS Abraham Lincoln was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12.

November 13, The Lincoln moored at deperming crib at Lambert's Point, Virginia, for a five-day magnetic deperming.

December 1, USS Abraham Lincoln conducted its first catapult launch and first arrested landing of fixed wing aircraft. An F-14D assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, piloted by Capt. William B. Hayden and Cmdr. Charles K. Crandall, Jr., is the first aircraft trapped aboard.

December 15, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Norfolk after a 16-day underway for Shakedown cruise, primarily for flight deck certification.

January 19, 1990 CVN 72 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-week Shakedown cruise in the Puerto Rican Op. Area.

February 14, The Abe pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a six-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale; Returned home after a two-day Tiger Cruise on Feb. 22.

February 28, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Norfolk for a week-long underway to conduct CVW-11 CQ and ORSE, off the coast of Virginia; Underway for final contract trials and INSURV from March 12-13.

March 14, The Abraham Lincoln returned to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Undocked on June 5; Returned to Norfolk on July 25.

August 14, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for it's first Dependent's Day Cruise. Conducted routine training off the coast of Virginia Aug. 2-12. Returned to Norfolk after another week underway period with the CVW-13 on Aug. 29.

September 25, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Norfolk Naval Station for a homeport change to Alameda, Calif. The embarked air wing was composed of aircraft from CVW-8, CVW-11 and CVWR-30 (approximately 60 total aircraft).

October 1, The Abraham Lincoln arrived in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit.

October 15, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a four-day port call after a week-long refresher training (REFTRA) in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area; Participated in exercise Gringo-Gaucho II with the Argrentine Navy, from Oct. 21-25.

October 31, CVN 72 arrived in Valparaiso, Chile, for a five-day port call after participated in exercise Blue Sky III with the Chilean Air Force.

November 20, USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at its new homeport of Naval Air Station Alameda after a two-month transit around the South America.

January 11, 1991 The Abe departed San Francisco for a two-week underway to conduct Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ) and ISE, off the coast of southern California; Underway again for FRS-CQ from Feb. 20-27.

April 15, The fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier returned to Alameda after a month-long underway for CQ with the CVW-11, REFTRA, ATA and READIEX; Underway for READIEX 91-2B from April 29- May 9.

May 11, The Abraham Lincoln departed NAS Alameda for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

May 28, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for its maiden western Pacific deployment nearly four months ahead of schedule in response to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

June 16, Capt. James O. Ellis, Jr., relieved Capt. William B. Hayden as CO of the Lincoln.

While enroute to the Indian Ocean, the ship was diverted to support evacuation operations following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines. Operation Fiery Vigil, June 17-23, became the largest peacetime evacuation of active duty military personnel and family members in history. The Abe led a 23-ship armada that sealifted 20,000 evacuees. The armada moved nearly 45,000 people from the Subic Bay Naval Station to the Visayas Province port of Cebu.

July 1, USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in Singapore for a four-day port call; Entered the Arabian Gulf on July 13, to provide CAP, ESM and AEW sorties in support of CINCCENT tasking during post-war period of Operation Desert Storm.

August 13, The Abraham Lincoln arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.

August 24, An F-18C Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, crashed into Arabian Gulf after catapult launch. The pilot ejected safely.

September 15, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day port; Participated in exercise Beacon Flash from Sept. 28- Oct. 3; Inport Jebel Ali again from Oct. 5-12.

October 26, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into NAS Cubi Point for a four-day visit to Subic Bay; Anchored in Victoria Harbour for a liberty visit to Hong Kong from Nov. 1-6; Returned to Alameda on Nov. 25.

January 17, 1992 The Abraham Lincoln arrived in Long Beach, Cailf., for a four-day visit to held an "Open House;" Returned to homeport on Jan. 30 after conducting FRS-CQ and ammo offload; Underway for ammunition offload with the USS Kiska (AE 35) from March 2-6.

September 8, The Abe departed for sea trials after more than a five-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Naval Air Station Alameda.

October 2, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise; Held an Open House for 10,000 visitors during the San Francisco Fleet Week, from Oct. 11-12.

October 14, CVN 72 departed NAS Alameda for a week-long FRS Carrier Qualifications and ammunition onload; Returned home on Nov. 13 after a three-week Tailored Ship's Training Availabilty (TSTA) I/II/III/FEP; Underway again for FRS-CQ from Dec. 8-15.

January 13, 1993 The Abraham Lincoln departed NAS Alameda for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and ITA; Underway for FLEETEX 93-2A/B/C from March 2-28.

May 12, The Lincoln departed homeport for five-day Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Refresher.

June 15, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Alameda for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East.

July 5, The Abraham Lincoln anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day visit to Hong Kong.

July 20, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 213, crashed on the flight deck with majority of plane ending up in the water. The pilot Lt. Matthew T. Claart was killed and RIO Lt. Dean A. Fuller rescued with minor injuries.

July 24, The Abe entered the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, the U.N.-sanctioned enforcement of a "no fly zone" over southern Iraq.

August 14, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day visit to Dubai.

September 8, Two A-6E Intruders, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 95, are lost after a mid-air collision over the northern Arabian Gulf after returning to the ship from a routine patrol mission. All four crewmembers are rescued.

September 9, Capt. Richard J. Nibe relieved Capt. James O. Ellis, Jr., as commanding officer of the CVN 72 during a ceremony at the ship's forecastle. In the same ceremony Capt. James D. McArthur, Jr., relieved Capt. Daniel W. Gabriel as CO of CVW-11.

September 10, The Abraham Lincoln arrived again in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for another six days of R&R.

In October, USS Abraham Lincoln was ordered to the coast of Somalia to assist U.N. humanitarian operations. The Aircraft form Carrier Air Wing Eleven conducted patrols over the city of Mogadishu and surrounding areas, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 3, backing American ground troops during Operation Continue Hope.

November 12, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth.

December 5, CVN 72 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day visit to embark over 700 friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

December 15, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Naval Air Station Alameda after a six-month deployment.

March 18, 1994 Rear Adm. Jay Yakeley relieved Rear Adm. Joseph Dantone as Commander, Carrier Group 3 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Abe.

May 23, The Abraham Lincoln departed for sea trials after a five-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at NAS Alameda.

June 3, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for a two-week Tailored Ship's Training Availabilty (TSTA) I/II; Underway for INSURV assessment on June 27.

August 3, The Lincoln arrived in Seattle, Wash., to participate in annual Sea Fair celebration.

August 12, The fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed NAS Alameda for a Friends and Family Day Cruise; Underway for ammo onload from Aug. 16-19.

August 23, CVN 72 departed Alameda for a 10-day underway period to conduct TSTA III; TSTA IV and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) conducted from Sept. 21- Oct. 3.

October 8, USS Abraham Lincoln departed NAS alameda for Fleet Week parade; Conducted its first aircraft launch, two F/A-18s, in the San Francisco Bay.

October 21, The Abe departed Alameda for Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 95-1A and Integrated Training Assessment (ITA).

October 25, Lt. Kara S. Hultgreen, the first woman to fully qualify as an F-14 Tomcat pilot, was killed in a training accident while attempting to land on board USS Abraham Lincoln. She was with VF-213 and died just 3 months after she had made her first qualifying landing in an F-14A on board USS Constellation. She is also the first woman combat pilot that died in an aircraft accident. The RIO, Lt. Matthew P. Klemish, ejected with minor injuries.

November 14, After just two days in port the aircraft carrier departed again, this time for FRS-CQ and Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE).

December 12, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Air Station Alameda for a week-long COMPTUEX 95-2A.

January 23, 1995 CVN 72 departed homeport to participate in Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) off the coast of southern California.

January 28, An F/A-18C, assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, crashed into water immediately after launching at 7.30 p.m. Lt. Glennon Kersgieter was lost at sea.

February 13, The Abraham Lincond departed NAS Alameda for a Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise (JTFEX).

April 11, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for its third western Pacific deployment.

April 27, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squafron (VF) 213, crashed during routine training. Crew safely recovered.

May 5, The aircraft carrier anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day visit to Hong Kong; Anchored off the coast of Singapore from May 14-19.

May 26, USS Abraham Lincoln entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR and comenced exercise Inspired Alert off the coast of Pakistan. On June 1, the Abe started with missions in support of Operation Southern Watch.

June 5, During an underway replenishment with USS Sacramento (AOE 1) the carrier and the fast combat support ship collided. The impact damaged Sacramento’s whole port side, including underway replenishment wings, the bridge area, is damaged along the central part of the ship. The Abraham Lincoln continued her mission with only lesser damage to life rafts and life lines. USS Sacramento spent several weeks at Jebel Ali port for repairs.

June 12, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day liberty visit to Dubai; Inport Jebel Ali again from July 1-6, July 22-26 and Aug. 20-25.

August 22, Capt. Robert F. Willard relieved Capt. Richard J. Nibe as CO of the Abraham Lincoln.

September 4, The Abraham Lincoln pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a three-day port call.

September 20, An F-14A, assigned to the Fighter Squadron (VF) 213, crashed in the Indian Ocean. Crew safely recovered.

From September 26-27, the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier offloaded more than 2,000 tons of ordnance to USS Kiska (AE 35); Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Sept. 29- Oct. 3.

October 9, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

November 14, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Alameda, Calif., for the last time to begin its first Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.

August 8, 1996 The Abraham Lincoln undocked and moored at Bravo Pier on Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, eight days before scheduled.

December 4, An F/A-18C, assigned to the Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 314, crashed into North Pacific following night ramp strike. Capt. Christopher Hodges ejected safely. The aircraft carrier departed Nov. 30 for sea trials and flight deck certifications.

January 8, 1997 USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash.

January 31, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored in Esquimalt Harbour for a three-day port visit to Victoria, B.C.

From March 6-25, USS Abraham Lincoln conducted Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications, during which aircraft completed 3,378 launches and recoveries; Underway for FRS-CQ from May 8-20 and June 17-27; Underway for TSTA I and CVW-14 CQ from July 14-21; Underway for FRS-CQ from July 24- Aug. 4.

August 5, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. On the next day, CVN 72 took part in the Seattle Seafair, and performed a flight operations demonstration in Elliot Bay for over 1,500 guests.

From September 4-28, the Abraham Lincoln conducted CQ with the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II/III and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP), off the coast of southern California; Underway for FRS-CQ and ORSE on Oct. 1; Participated in San Francisco Fleet Week activities on Oct. 11; Returned home on Oct. 13.

November 29, After Carrier Qualifications with the CVW-14, the Lincoln departed Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, for COMPTUEX 98-1 and ITA.

February 18, 1998 Capt. James J. Quinn relieved Capt. Robert F. Willard as CO of the CVN 72.

February 26, USS Abraham Lincoln anchored in Esquimalt Harbour for a four-day visit to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, after conducting CVW-14 CQ and ammo onload.

March 24, The Abe departed homeport for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) and Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise (JTFEX).

June 11, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., for its fourth deployment.

July 4, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day visit to celebrate the Independence Day; Inport Singapore from July 13-17; Entered the Arabian Gulf on July 24.

August 10, The Abraham Lincoln arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port call before participating in a Tactical Evolution Exercise '98, from Aug. 19-25.

August 31, CVN 72 anchored at Bahrain Sitrah Anchorage for a brief port call to Manama; Inport Jebel Ali again from Sept. 18-22, Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 17-21.

During the three-month on station in the Arabian Gulf, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 flew 1,860 sorties, during the 52 fly days, in support of Operation Southern Watch (OSW).

November 3, USS Abraham Lincoln anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth; Anchored off Hobart, Tasmania, from Nov. 12-17.

December 11, The Abraham Lincoln returned to homeport after a 10-day transit from Pearl Harbor, with a brief visit to San Diego to disembark Air Wing.

January 28, 1999 The Lincoln anchored off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., for a six-day visit after conducting FRS-CQ; Departed homeport again on March 1.

March 12, USS Abraham Lincoln anchored off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, for a four-day port visit. As she sailed back to Everett the carrier also held a friends and family cruise and performed carrier qualifications for EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-129 and VAQ-139.

September 15, The Abraham Lincoln completed a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During the PIA, the carrier experienced a major fire in the CVIC, destroying the entire APS Tomahawk Planning suite and Tarps DCRS equipment.

On October 9, CVN 72 pulled into San Francisco for Fleet Week after conducting FRS carrier qualifications while en route. The aircraft carrier hosted over 4,000 visitors during the three days.

October 25, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II/III and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP).

On January 27, 2000, the Abe departed homeport for COMPTUEX 00-02; Tested the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program, and collected data on carrier Precision Aided Landing System operations with the upgraded aircraft. In addition, the ship anchored off Santa Barbara and hosted a reception for approximately 400 dignitaries.

April 17, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Victoria, B.C., Canada, for a friends and family cruise to Everett, Washington. While en route, the aircraft carrier conducted CQ with Prowlers and Super Hornets.

May 5, Capt. Douglas K. Dupouy relieved Capt. James J. Quinn as commanding officer of the Lincoln.

From May 20-29, the Abe participated in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), in the Hawaiian Op. Area, supporting an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

August 17, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

September 24, The Abraham Lincoln relieved USS George Washington (CVN 73) on station in the Arabian Gulf and started with missions in support of Operation Southern Watch.

September 29, Lt. Bruce J. Donald was killed when his F/A-18C, assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, crashed into the Gulf after the jet lost communication with the aircraft carrier soon after taking off, around 10.30, for a routine test on carrier landings.

October 4, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for its first visit to Dubai.

January 11, 2001 The Lincoln anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth; Anchored off Hobart, Tasmania, from Jan. 20-24.

February 12, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Everett after completing the six-month Middle East deployment. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 flew nearly 1,500 sorties over Iraq in suppoort of OSW.

March 23, CVN 72 anchored in Esquimalt Harbour for a four-day visit to Victoria, British Columbia; Hosted Family Day Cruise en route home.

April 11, The Abraham Lincoln entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA); Underway for sea trials on Oct. 15.

October 26, The Abe departed Naval Station Everett for flight deck certifications and FRS-CQ; Departed NAS North Island for CART II on Oct. 31.

November 16, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to homeport after underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment and TSTA I, off the coast of southern California; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II/III/FEP on Nov. 26.

December 15, The Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for Fleet Replacement Squadron CQ; Returned home on Dec. 23.

January 14, 2002 USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Moored at NAS North Island from Feb. 7-11; Returned home on Feb. 14.

April 14, The Lincond departed homeport to participate in exercise Northern Edge, a multi-threat scenario off the coast of Alaska; Participated in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), in the SOCAL Op. Area, from May 4-14; Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) from May 15-22.

July 20, USS Abraham Lincon departed Naval Station Everett for its fifth western Pacific deployment. This is the first deployment for F/A-18E Super Hornet, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, and MH-60S from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 5.

August 1, The Abe pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port visit; Anchored off Sasebo, Japan, from Aug. 16-19.

August 23, The Abraham Lincoln anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day liberty visit to Hong Kong; Anchored off the coast of Singapore from Aug. 31- Sept. 5.

September 11, USS Abraham Lincoln relieved the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group on station in the North Arabian Sea.

September 13, Capt. Kevin C. Albright, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and Cmdr. Jeffrey R. Penfield, the CO of VFA-115, flew the first Super Hornet sorties from the ship on a mission against militants in Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

October 25, The fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Manama for a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

November 5, Capt. Kendall L. Card relieved Capt. Douglas K. Dupouy as commanding officer of CVN 72.

November 6, Lt. John Turner and Lt. Eric Doyle flew the first F/A-18E Super Hornet combat live-fire actions when they dropped four GBU-31, 2,000 pound JDAMs, against an Iraqi command and control facility near Tallil and two surface-to-air missile systems near Al Kut, in response to Iraqi provocations against coalition aircraft.

December 12, USS Abraham Lincoln anchored off the coast of Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

December 22, The Lincoln anchored off the coast of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day liberty visit to Perth.

In late December, reports from the Navy surfaced indicating that a carrier, either the USS Abraham Lincoln or the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) would be redeployed to the Arabian Gulf in light of escalating tensions between Iraq and the United States. At that time it was unclear if the Abe would remain deployed or if they had been just alerted of the possibility. On Dec. 30, the Battle Group was located south of Australia.

On January 1, 2003, the Lincoln had been ordered to remain at sea and to redeploy for the Arabian Gulf.

January 6, CVN 72 anchored off the coast of Fremantle for a two-week upkeep maintenance availability.

February 1, USS Abraham Lincoln joined the USS Independence (CV 64) in the Arabian Gulf and resume its combat flight support in OSW.

March 20, A pair of F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, knocked-out Iraqi SAMs at Al-Taqquedam airfield in the heart of the Baghdad Super missile engagement zone (MEZ) with a salvo of HARMs, at 21.35, on Day-1 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On March 30, two F/A-18Es, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Hal Schmitt and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Norris of VFA-14, and two F/A-18Fs from VFA-41, flown by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Garrison, Lt. Comdr. Mark Weisgerber, Lt. Tom Poulter and Lt. Tom Brodine, temporarily shifted from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to USS Abraham Lincoln. They made the move to provide the ship with an improved mix of fighter-tanker capabilities, but the transfer involved an exhausting 1,700 mile flight. This move brought the total number of Super Hornets embarked on board the ship up to 16 aircraft; The detachment returned to the Nimitz on April 6.

April 3, F/A-18Fs made the first operational flight of the Super Hornet Fast Tactical Imagery reconnaissance module, during a strike over Iraq.

April 9, The Abraham Lincoln CSG began heading home, after relieved on station by USS Nimitz, following an extended deployment that was the longest for an aircraft carrier in three decades. Aircraft from CVW 14 dropped 1,865,000 pounds of ordnance in support of OEF, OSW and OIF.

April 26, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call.

May 1, U.S. President George W. Bush made his historic landing on the deck of Abraham Lincoln in an S-3B Viking, piloted by Cmdr. John "Loose" Lussier, the XO of VS-35, and Lt. Ryan Phillips. This marked the first time a sitting President landed on a carrier in a fixed-wing aircraft.

May 5, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Everett after nine-and-a-half month combat deployment, seting a record for the longest naval deployment by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history by remaining deployed for 289 consecutive days. The ship traveled 102,816 n.m., recorded 12,700 arrested landings and launched 16,500 sorties.

June 24, The Lincoln entered the Pudget Sound Naval Shipyard for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

June 2, 2004 CVN 72 departed PSNS for a three-day underway to conduct sea trials, after completing an 11-month availability. Some of the major jobs included the replacement and upgrade of all ten 363 ton air conditioning units; the removal, machining and installation of both rudder posts and blades; the removal and instalation of twelve new titanium fire pumps; rebuilding 13 new AERCO hot water heaters; and the instalation of over 200 new pieces of laundry & galley equipment.

July 16, The Abe anchored in Esquimalt Harbour for a two-day visit to Victoria, British Columbia; Friends and Family Day Cruise en route home; Underway for routine training on Aug. 2.

August 26, An F/A-18C, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, crashed on divert from USS Abraham Lincoln, to NAS North Island. Main runway was closed so he had to use a shorter runway with no cable. Brake failure during landing caused the Hornet to run off end of runway and come to rest almost totally submerged in San Diego Bay. Lt. Jason Doyle Walker ejected safely.

October 15, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for a surge deployment to support Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet potential contingency operations and theater security cooperation initiatives. This is the first deployment of a Carrier Air Wing without the F-14 Tomcat and the S-3B Viking. This is also the first deployment of an SH-60B Seahawk squadron aboard a carrier.

The Abraham Lincoln initially operated in southern Californian waters to enable aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 to accomplish as much accelerated training as possible before they flew combat missions.

November 22, CVN 72 moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call; Inport Pearl Harbor again from Nov. 4-5.

December 24, USS Abraham Lincoln anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong.

January 4, 2005 The Abraham Lincoln is currently underway off the coast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, participating in Operation Unified Assistance. Helicopters from CVW 2 and sailors from Lincoln CSG are conducting humanitarian operations in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia on Dec. 26.

January 20, The Abe is currently participating in a joint/combined multilateral exercise "Cope Tiger", in the Indian Ocean, with more than 1370 people and dozens of aircraft from the United States, Thailand and Republic of Singapore.

February 3, USS Abraham Lincoln departed the northern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. From January 1, the ALCSG aircraft flew 1,747 missions in support of Operation Unified Assistance, carried 5,711,866 pounds of supplies, including 16,308 gallons of water, and transported 3,043 passengers.

February 5, The Abraham Lincoln moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day liberty port visit; Inport Pearl Harbor from Feb. 23-24.

March 4, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Everett after an extended deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

May 5, CVN 72 is currently undergoing a Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) while moored at Alpha Pier on Naval Station Everett; Underway for routine operations on June 1.

June 14, USS Abraham Lincoln is currently conducting readiness training in support of the Fleet Response Plan, off the coast of southern California.

September 8, The Abe departed homeport to conduct training operations as part of the quarterly training requirement to be ready for a possible immediate deployment under the Fleet Response Plan. The carrier completed a two-month Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) on Aug. 26.

September 26, The Abraham Lincoln returned to Everett following a Quarterly Surge Sustainment training, with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, off the coast of southern California.

October 30, USS Abraham Lincoln rejoined with CVW-2 for quarterly sustainment training in support of the Navy's FRP. While underway this quarter, she will host Fleet Readiness Squadron (FRS) training pilots. After completing training with the FRS pilots, Abe will join up with the crew of CVW-2.

November 14, The Abraham Lincoln departed San Francisco after a weekend of liberty and Veterans Day celebrations.

January 5, 2006 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier departed Naval Station Everett for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection and the final Fleet Response Plan (FRP) readiness training, off the coast of southern California, before a scheduled deployment later this spring; Returned home on Jan. 26.

February 27, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a scheduled western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

March 3, The Abe departed Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, after picking up members of CVW-2. While en route, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 will be conducting an ASW exercise off the coast of Hawaii.

March 23, CSG-9 concluded a passing exercise (PASSEX), in the western Pacific Ocean, with the USS Stethem (DDG 63), JS Harusame (DD 102), JS Hatakaze (DDG 171) and JS Kirishima (DDG 174). Lincoln and Stethem spent three days conducting exercises with the JMDSF ships and took part in an officer exchange program.

March 27, USS Abraham Lincoln, commanded by Capt. Andrew McCawley, is currently participating in Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration and Foal Eagle 2006 exercise, which began on March 26 and runs through the end of the month.

April 6, The Abraham Lincoln anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong.

April 20, CVN 72 arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a four-day port call. This is the first time in history that an aircraft carrier has pulled into Laem Chabang.

April 24, The Abe teamed up with the Royal Thai Navy to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Thailand. During the exercise, officers from both nations participated in an officer exchange program between ships, in order to get a better understanding of how each navy operates.

May 1, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Changi Naval Base in Singapore after a four-day liberty port call.

May 25, The Abraham Lincoln anchored off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

From June 10-14, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group participated in a PASSEX with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, in the western Pacific, focused on anti-submarine warfare (ASW); Participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2006, in the Guam Op. Area, from June 19-23.

June 30, The Abe moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a five-day port visit before participating in a multinational biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '06.

July 29, The Abraham Lincoln departed Pearl Harbor, with embarked 750 "Tigers," after the final weekend of the RIMPAC exercise. Lincoln served as the command and control hub for the multination task force during the exercise.

August 8, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Naval Station Everett after a five-and-a-half month deployment. The CVW-2 aircraft flew 7,871 sorties, with a total of 7,578 catapult launches from the flight deck.

August 29, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport to begin a six-month drydocking maintenance period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The ship will be in dry-dock for approximately 105 days as maintenance is being done on various storage tanks and airplane launching catapults. The ship will also receive upgrades to its restroom facilities, and new non-skid material will be applied to the flight deck.

December 18, USS Abraham Lincoln undocked ahead of schedule and under budget because Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) cut the time of ship tank maintenance by more than half.

May 8, 2007 CVN 72 is currently moored at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton conducting trainings for the ship's return to operational status following a dry-dock availability; Underway for sea trials on June 26; Returned to Everett on June 30; Underway again on July 7.

July 24, The Abraham Lincoln, commanded by Capt. Patrick D. Hall, departed Naval Air Station North Island after a two-day port call for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP), off the coast of southern California; Returned home on Aug. 20.

September 19, The Abe departed Naval Station Everett for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications (CQ) off the coast of southern California; Participated in annual Port of San Diego Sea and Air Parade on Sept. 29.

October 6, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to homeport after a three-day port visit to Victoria, British Columbia.

November 11, An HH-60H Seahawk, assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Squadron (HS) 2, crashed at approximately 9 p.m. local time, while the Abraham Lincoln was underway off the coast of southern California. All seven crew members were rescued and returned safely to the ship with minor injuries.

November 20, The Abe returned to homeport after a five-week underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) on Jan. 17.

March 13, 2008 USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a scheduled deployment.

April 20, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier recently departed Singapore after a scheduled port visit.

May 1, The Abe recently transited the Strait of Hormuz to relieve the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), on station in the Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

July 8, USS Abraham Lincoln recently departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a liberty port visit to Dubai. The ship will transit to North Arabian Sea to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

September 2, CVN 72 departed the Central Command AoO after recently relieved by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on station in the Arabian Sea.

September 16, The Abraham Lincoln departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, after a four-day port call; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Sept. 2?-30.

October 6, Capt. Alton Ross relieved Capt. John Aquilino as Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

October 8, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Carrier Wharf on Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for a brief port call to to disembark the elements of CVW-2 and some "Tigers."

October 9, Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift relieved Rear Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Lincoln, at NAS North Island.

October 12, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Everett after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Two flew more than 7,100 sorties, completing more than 22,000 flying hours and dropped 255,963 pounds of ordnance while supporting coalition ground forces.

October 30, The Abe is currently undergoing a regular maintenance period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

December 8, An FA-18D, assigned to the "Sharpshooters" of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, crashed on final approach to MCAS Miramar following divert from the Lincoln, while the aircraft carrier was underway for FRS-CQ off the coast of southern California. Pilot ejected safely. Four people died on the ground.

January 20, 2009 The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier recently moored at Naval Air Station North Island for a scheduled port visit.

January 29, USS Abraham Lincoln is currently underway, off the coast of southern California, for a sustainment training and CQ.

February 2, Cmdr. Leif Steinbaugh relieved Cmdr. Brad Jensen as CO of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

April 6, The Lincoln departed homeport to conduct an ammunition offload in preparation for a scheduled Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).

January 18, 2010 USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Naval Station Everett after a five-day underway for sea trials, following a nine-month maintenance period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF). Thirty berths, 11 heads and the main galley were renovated, and training areas and classrooms were added in the $250 million effort. The 20-year old flattop also got four new screws, updated self-defense weapons systems and a resurfaced flight deck.

January 28, Capt. John D. Alexander relieved Capt. Patrick D. Hall as commanding officer of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

January 29, Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini relieved Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 during a ceremony aboard the Lincoln.

February 2, CVN 72 departed homeport for a two-week underway to conduct routine training and flight deck certification off the coast of southern California.

February 23, The Abe departed Everett in preparation for a material assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV); The multiple-day evaluation began in San Diego on Feb. 28.

March 9, USS Abraham Lincoln successfully completed a test firing (PACFIRE) of its new Block 1, baseline 2 Close In Weapons System (CIWS), capable to fire 4,500 rounds-per-minute.

April 17, The Abraham Lincoln departed homeport to conduct Tailored Ships Training Assessment (TSTA); Returned to Everett on May 14.

July 15, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.

August 7, Capt. John G. Eden relieved Capt. Alton E. Ross, Jr., as CO of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

August 17, The Lincoln returned to Everett after a four-week underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

September 7, USS Abraham Lincoln departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

September 10, The Abe moored at Naval Air Station North Island for a brief port visit to embark the members of CVW-2.

October 4, USS Abraham Lincoln CSG participated in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with USS Hawaii (SSN 776), off the coast of Guam, from Sept. 30- Oct. 1.

October 8, The Abraham Lincol pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day liberty visit to Kuala Lumpur.

October 20, Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. USS Abraham Lincoln, along with USS Cape St. George (CG 71), arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility on Oct. 17.

November 9, Cmdr. Robert N. H. Duong relieved Cmdr. Mike S. Fitzpatrick as CO of the "Sun Kings" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

November 12, Cmdr. Kenneth A. Strong relieved Cmdr. Clayton W. Michaels as CO of the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 77, during a change-of-command ceremony onboard the Abe.

November 18, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) at Hidd for a liberty port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

December 23, The Abe moored at Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a liberty visit to Dubai.

February 10, 2011 During the ship's current deployment, CVN 72 transited more than 36,000 n.m. and conducted the safe and expeditious completion of 8,500 arrested landings. The aircraft from CVW-2 flew more than 7,000 sorties, with nearly 2,000 directly supporting ground combat troops, and dropped 900,000 pounds of ordnance.

February 16, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Berth 3/4 in Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

March 10, The aircraft carrier arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a four-day port call and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise; Moored at NAS North Island in San Diego from March 19-20.

March 24, USS Abraham Lincoln returned to Naval Station Everett after a six-and-a-half month deployment.

May 13, Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker relieved Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini Swift as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the CVN 72.

June 27, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a four-day underway to conduct sea trials after completing a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV).

July 13, The Abe departed homeport for CVW-2 Carrier Qualifications (CQ) off the coast of southern California.

July 25, USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., for a week-long port visit to participate in L.A. Navy Week.

August 3, The Lincoln is currently underway off the coast of southern California for Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications (FRS-CQ); Returned home on Aug. 12.

September 15, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Everett for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final phase of training before a homeport-change deployment later this year; Returned home on Oct. 18.

November 18, Capt. Mark A. Johnson relieved Capt. Carol A. Hottenrott as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Abe.

December 7, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., for the last time, for a scheduled Middle East deployment and a homeport change to Norfolk, Va.

December 10, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier moored at Naval Air Station North Island for a brief port visit to San Diego to embark the members of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2.

January 6, 2012 USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Port of Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a four-day liberty visit to Pattaya.

January 19, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group relieved USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG on station in the North Arabian Sea.

February 5, The Abe departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain, after a four-day liberty visit to Manama.

February 6, Cmdr. Paul M. Dale relieved Cmdr. Robert N. H. Duong as CO of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony.

February 16, Aircraft from CVW-2 launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

March 17, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a four-day liberty port visit to Dubai.

April 25, Cmdr. James Bates relieved Cmdr. Patrick Greene as CO of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, during an aerial change-of-command ceremony in North Arabian Sea.

May 2, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) at Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

May 14, The "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, Det. 5, completed a two-week embark aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Fort Victoria (A387).

June 21, The Lincoln pulled into Port of Jebel Ali for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

July 9, The Abe concluded its operations in support of OEF after launching more than 2,200 combat sorties during the 172 days on station in the Central Command AoR; Transited the Suez Canal on July 16.

July 17, The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, for a five-day liberty port visit.

August 4, CVN 72 pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

August 7, USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after an eight-month deployment.

September 21, Capt. Karl O. Thomas relieved Capt. John D. Alexander as CO of the Abraham Lincoln during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Norfolk.

October 26, USS Abraham Lincoln moved to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for "safe haven" from Hurricane Sandy.

February 8, 2013 The Abraham Lincoln was expected to move to Newport News shipyard next week to begin the overhaul. However, as a result of the fiscal constraints resulting from the ongoing continuing resolution (CR), the contract for the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) has not been issued to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Lincoln will remain pierside at Naval Station Norfolk until sufficient funding is received to start the execution of the RCOH.

March 28, USS Abraham Lincoln entered the Dry Dock #11 at the HII Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., for a three-and-a-half year RCOH.

March 29, Huntington Ingalls Inc. was awarded a $2,6 billion cost-plus-incentive fee contract for accomplishment of the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Work is expected to be completed by November 2016.

August 7, 2014 Capt. Ronald R. Ravelo relieved Capt. Karl O. Thomas, his brother-in-law, as the 14th CO of CVN 72 during a change-of-command ceremony at Victory Landing Park in Newport News, Va. Ravelo is the first Filipino-American to command an aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy.

November 3, USS Abraham Lincoln undocked and moored starboard side to Outfitting Berth #1 at Newport News shipyard.

February 26, 2016 The Abraham Lincoln reached a significant milestone when Sailors began the Crew Move Aboard (CMA) process and enjoyed their first meal, on the ship’s refurbished mess decks, in more than three years.

April 28, 2017 Huntington Ingalls Inc. was awarded a $9,8 million to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2108) for post-delivery and carrier incremental availability production and engineering efforts to correct government responsible work items for USS Abraham Lincoln. Work will be performed at Naval Station Norfolk and is expected to be completed by August.

May 9, USS Abraham Lincoln departed Newport News shipyard for sea trials after an extended 49-month overhaul; Moored at Pier 14N in Naval Station Norfolk on May 12.

May 15, Capt. Putnam H. Browne relieved Capt. Ronald R. Ravelo as the 15th CO of Abraham Lincoln during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

June 12, The Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 14N on Naval Station Norfolk after an 11-day underway for flight deck certification and carrier qualifications (CQ) with the CVW-7; Moved to Pier 12N on Aug. 15; Underway again on Aug. 30.

September 4, Two F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, assigned to the "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, landed for the first time aboard the Abe, while conducting FRS-CQ off the coast of Virginia.

September 7, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 14S on Naval Station Norfolk to onload supplies for possible Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma; Underway on Sept. 8.

September 11, The Abraham Lincoln, with an embarked 14 MH-60 Seahawks from HSC-5, HSM-70, HSM-72 and HSM-74, commenced relief efforts while underway off the southern coast of Florida; Concluded HA/DR operations on Sept. 14.

September 15, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk.

October 3, An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the "Wild Goose" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 774, landed on board the Abraham Lincoln for the first time.

October 6, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 11S on Naval Station Norfolk after a four-day underway for routine training.

November 8, The Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 14S on Naval Station Norfolk after a 22-day underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ.

December 14, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 11S on Naval Station Norfolk after an eight-day underway for FRS-CQ, in support of the F-35C Lightning II program.

February 9, 2018 CVN 72 moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk after a two-week underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ; Underway for INSURV preparations from March 7-8; Underway for FRS-CQ, in support of the F-35C Lightning II program, on March 16.

From March 25-28, the Abraham Lincoln onloaded nearly three-and-a-half million pounds of ordnance during an ammunition transfer with the USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), while underway in the Charleston Op. Area; Returned home on March 29.

May 9, USS Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 12N on Naval Station Norfolk after a 15-day underway for FRS/TRACOM CQ and Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

May 16, The Abraham Lincoln moored at Pier 14N on Naval Station Norfolk after a one-day underway for INSURV rehearsal.