ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Is it possible for one single Sailor to leave a lasting mark on the history of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) forever? For Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Emily Baker the answer is a clear yes.
Baker grew up in Litchfield, Maine, and has been an artist for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she would often ask for drawings from her family, but eventually she began to create her own. Now, Baker is solely responsible for the aviation boatswain's mate wing mural on Abraham Lincoln's superstructure.
"I use to ask my siblings to draw for me all the time," said Baker. "At some point they just got tired of it, so I taught myself, and I've been making art ever since."
Baker's self-taught artistic ability has given her opportunities to showcase her paintings at work. During her time aboard Abraham Lincoln, she was selected to paint a shark-themed mural on a V-5 office door, the captain's eagle on the commanding officer's official fight deck door, and the aviation boatswain's mate rating badge on the island. It is this 50 square-foot flight deck mural she said she feels is her greatest opportunity.
"I think that this is a once in a lifetime chance," said Baker. "It makes me feel proud and a little bit nervous, wondering what people think about it."
One thing is certain; her mural will be a lasting part of the ship's history.
"In the future, when I'm no longer on this ship, there will always be a sign that I was here," said Baker. "I'll be leaving a legacy, and it feels kind of cool."
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