US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a visit on January 8.
The carrier is on the return leg of a ten-month deployment that will culminate in a homeport change. USS Abraham Lincoln will arrive at its new homeport in San Diego after completing a mid-life overhaul at the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
The ship has been underway in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the US 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation since April 1, 2019.
“I am proud of all of the hard work and dedication shown by the entire crew throughout the deployment,” said Capt. Walter Slaughter, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln. “Hawaii is a strategic, historic location that presents a well-deserved opportunity for rest and relaxation, and for the crew to honor the sacrifices of those who have gone before us during the attack on Pearl Harbor.”
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group operated in the US 5th Fleet for more than seven months fostering freedom of navigation and commerce in some of the world’s most consequential waterways.
The strike group also participated in numerous interoperability and partnership-building exercises with sister services and allied navies in both the US 5th and 6th Fleets, demonstrating the US Navy’s capability to rapidly aggregate power across combatant commands to meet emerging missions and contingencies. As it transited through US 7th Fleet, the strike group also conducted flight operations in the South China Sea.