USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Abraham Lincoln conducting combat operations in support of Operation Southern Watch, 28 November 2002 ()
|Ordered:||27 December 1982|
|Laid down:||3 November 1984|
|Launched:||13 February 1988|
|Commissioned:||11 November 1989|
|Displacement:||81208 tons light, 104112 tons full, 22904 tons dead|
|Length:||1092 feet overall, 1040 feet waterline|
|Beam:||252 feet extreme, 134 feet waterline|
|Draft:||42 feet maximum, 41 feet limit|
|Complement:||200 officers, 6075 enlisted|
|Armament:||3 Sea Sparrow, 4 Phalanx CIWS, 90 Aircraft|
The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding on 27 December 1982 and her keel was laid down 3 November 1984 at Newport News, Virginia. She was launched on 13 February 1988, delivered to the Navy on 30 October 1989, and commissioned on 11 November 1989. She is homeported in Everett, Washington.
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On 1 May 2003 President George W. Bush safely landed in an S-3B Viking on the deck of the Abraham Lincoln, which was returning from a nearly ten month deployment for operations in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The deployment was the longest of an aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War. The President landed while the carrier was underway 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, California. It was the first time a sitting president arrived on the deck of an aircraft carrier by plane. Bush made a primetime address from the flightdeck, surrounded by hundreds of sailors, in which he declared major combat operations in Iraq over.