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U.S.S. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

(CVN-72)

Shall Not Perish

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Abraham Lincoln, also known as Abe is a Nimitz-class super carrier launched in 1988 and commissioned in 1989 out of Washington.

Service History

Abe began her career after a transfer to the Pacific fleet, in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. En route, she unexpectedly helped rescue 45,000 military personnel and families from the Philippines as part of Operation Fiery Vigil, following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. After this humanitarian diversion, she continued on to the Persian Gulf to assist in Operation Desert Storm.

Other Operations she has participated include:

  • Operation Restore Hope
  • Operation Southern Watch
  • Operation Vigilant Sentinel
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Unified Assistance

She came to the rescue of the USS Sacramento, when she had mechanical difficulties, and continued her assigned mission. Abe also assisted in the international relief effort when a large earthquake hit southern Asia in December of 2004. She continued to provide important support and supplies, including 5.7 million pounds of supplies, until February 2005, when the hospital ship Mercy arrived.

Abe was also the site of President G.W. Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, which for the record, was the idea of the crew of Abe. She has received several awards including the 2009 Franklin Covey Leadership Greatness Award.

CVN-72 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CVN-72 Shellback Initiation Add a CVN-72 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1991 - DEC 1991 Desert Storm
JUN 1991 - JUN 1991 operation fiery vigil
JAN 1993 - JAN 1998 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1993 - DEC 1993 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1993 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1993 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1993 - NOV 1993 Operation Continue Hope - Somalia
APR 1995 - OCT 1995 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 17 SEP 1995 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1998 - DEC 1998 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1998 - Shellback Initiation - 27 OCT 1998 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 2000 - JUL 2001 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL 2000 - FEB 2001 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 2002 - MAY 2003 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 2006 - JUL 2006 Middle Pacific
MAR 2008 - OCT 2008 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 2008 - Shellback Initiation - 25 APR 2008 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 2010 - MAR 2011 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2011 - Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 2011 - Pacific Ocean

CVN-72 General Specifications

Class: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

Displacement: 100000 tons

Length: 1092 feet

Beam: 252 ft max.; 134 ft at waterlne

Draft: 37 ft

Power Plant: Two (2) nuclear reactors / four (4) sets of turbines / four (4) shafts

Propellers: Four (4) - Each 25 ft dia.

Flank Speed: over 30 knots

Range: Unlimited - Refueled at approx. 25 years of service

Ships Company: approx 3200 Officers and Enlisted

Carrier Air Wing:
- 7 Fixed Wing Squadrons
- 1 Helicoper Squadron
- approx. 2400 Officers and Enlisted