A SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assists the combat stores ship USNS San Jose in resupplying the USS Abraham Lincoln on January 24, 2003. The Lincoln battle group's deployment has been extended, pending possible military action in Iraq.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
Date deployed: On January 21, 2003, the U.S. Navy ordered the carrier to return to the Persian Gulf. The carrier was at the end of a six-month deployment and had been scheduled to return home. On April 10, after serving in the conflict in Iraq, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the Lincoln and its battle group were head back to the United States. On May 5, the Lincoln arrived in its Everett, Washington home port, ending the longest deployment of any U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War. Destination: Persian Gulf Type of vessel: Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Home port: Everett, Washington Total personnel: Approximately 8,000 in battle group Aircraft: 85 Armament: Three NATO Sea Sparrow eight-tube missile launchers, four 4 20 mm Phalanx rapid-fire close-range gun systems Maximum speed: 30-plus knots Power Plant: Two nuclear reactors Flight deck: 4.5 acres Commissioned: November 11, 1989