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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Bravo - Echo

Displacement 91,300 Tons, Dimensions, 1088' (oa) x 134' x 37' 8" (Max)
Armament 3 Sea Sparrow-SAM, Starting with CVN-70 4 20mm CIWS, 90 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 260,000 SHP; 2 Westinghouse (A4W) Reactors Driving Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 35+ Knots, Crew 5617.

Operational and Building Data

 Built by Newport News. Laid down 3 November 1984, launched 13 February 1988, commissioned 11 November 1989.

Status:   Active, In Commission. Homeported at Newport News, VA.

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CVN-72 is named after Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States of America (1861-1865). Abraham Lincoln will be forever remembered for his vital role as the leader who preserved the Union and began a process that led to the end of slavery in the United States.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) web site


President Abraham Lincoln, 1864. Photographer unknown. Mathew Brady Collection (Army). NARA File # 111-B-3656 War & Conflict Book # 117.

(DVIC id:HD-SN-99-01776).

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A Newport News Shipbuilding promotional picture I picked up at Navy League show in Washington, DC back in 1989.

Daniel Treadwell


This photo was most likely taken in December 1989. The newly commissioned USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) got underway on 29 November for a 17-day flight deck certification period, with aircraft based at Naval Air Test Center (NATC), Patuxent River, MD.

Charles Lamm

32k USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) underway off the coast of Virginia, 28 August 1990, prior to the ship's departure for the Pacific Fleet. A pair of F/A-18 Hornets are in launch positions on the bow catapults. Photo by PH1 Cummings. Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret.

62k Valparaiso, Chile, November 1990. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

92k At Alameda, California the day before our 1991 deployment. Photo by AMS3 Rick Rowan

83k At Alameda, California the day before our 1991 deployment. Photo by AMS3 Rick Rowan


Underway in the Pacific Ocean in June 1991, with Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), during her maiden deployment. Replenishment oiler USS Roanoke (AOR-7) is in the background. US Navy photo by PH2 Didas (DVIC id: DN-SC-92-04519).

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89k Dubai, U.A.E.. Photo by AMS3 Rick Rowan
CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln
27k Passing the prison island of Alcatraz en route to NAS Alameda to moor, 15 June 1994. Photo by PH2 Eric Hayhurst. USN
CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln

An overhead port beam view of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) approaching her future home port, Everett, Wash., 28 October 1994. Sailors on the flight deck are spelling out "Everett '96". Abraham Lincoln was the first aircraft carrier to tie up at the new pier in Everett. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier changed home ports from NAS Alameda, California, to Bremerton, Washington, on 17 November 1995; and from Bremerton to Everett on 8 January 1997. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Geoffrey L. England (DVIC id.: DN-SC-95-01329).

Robert M. Cieri


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) underway in the South Pacific during her 1995 Western Pacific deployment (10 April–9 October). Original print carries a date of 12 May 1995, which may be a release date. Photographer: PH2 Jason L. Cooper

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106558-KN).

Alex Tatchin

39k The Persian Gulf, Sep. 5, 1998 — USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) sees the end of another long day in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Daniel Quinajon. USN


S-3 Vikings assigned to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Five (VS-35), "Blue Wolves," conduct performance flight drills over USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), October 1, 1998. The aircraft carrier was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. US Navy photo by PHAN Michael B.W. Watkins (# 981001-N-6346W-001).

Alex Tatchin

173k Off Hawaii, June 18, 2000 — The ships of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group steam alongside one another for a Battle Group photo during RIMPAC 2000. Ships involved are USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), USS Tucson (SSN-770), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Fletcher (DD-992), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), USS Crommelin (FFG-37) and USS Camden (AOE-2). U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Gabriel Wilson (photo # 000618-N-0147W-001). USN

78k The Persian Gulf, October 13, 2000 — Known as the "shooter," a catapult officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) indicates to the pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet to brake as the aircraft approaches the shuttle for a catapult launch during flight operations. The carrier was on a routine six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class David Rush (photo # 001013-N-0879R-001). Alex Tatchin

87k The Gulf of Oman, Dec. 30, 2000 — USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and her battle group sail in the waters of the Gulf of Oman after spending three months in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Gabriel Wilson (photo # 001230-N-0147W-002). USN


RIMPAC 2000, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14).

Alex Tatchin


WestPac & Persian Gulf 2000, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), 17 August 2000–12 February 2001.

Alex Tatchin


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