USS Abraham Lincoln redelivered to US Navy

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts high-speed turn drills during sea trials. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was redelivered to the fleet May 12, marking the completion of her refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) carried out at Newport News Shipyard.

The aircraft carrier rejoined the fleet after four days of sea trials with high-speed maneuvers, that tested the ship’s systems and crew.

At sea for the first time since March 2014, the crew conducted rigorous tests of engineering components, the modernized combat systems suite and flight deck equipment that supports Lincoln’s mission at sea. Damage control capabilities and basic deck seamanship were also checked to ensure both the ship and the crew’s operational readiness.

“Every sailor, shipyard worker and contractor involved with RCOH and redelivery should be standing tall as we bring this mighty warship back home to Norfolk and put her back into service for the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln’s commanding officer. “Getting Lincoln back into the fight was truly an all-hands effort, and I could not be more proud of the crew who helped make that happen.”

The carrier began its RCOH period in March 2013. During the four- year evolution, Lincoln sailors amassed more than 2.5 million man-hours toward the completion of RCOH.

“Approximately 33 percent of Lincoln’s lifecycle maintenance was performed during this RCOH,” said Cmdr. Hannah Kriewaldt, chief engineer. “Additionally, the crew took on an unprecedented volume of production and testing efforts. Every distributed system was secured, retooled, and brought back to life. The shipbuilders, other maintenance providers, and ship’s force should be very proud having breathed new life into Lincoln for another 25 years.”

USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to complete RCOH, a major lifecycle milestone at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News. She returns to the fleet as one of the most modern and technologically-advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in service.

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