SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) joined other U.S. Navy ships and aircraft parading through San Diego Bay during the annual Port of San Diego Sea and Air Parade Sept. 29.
The Sea and Air Parade is the flagship event of San Diego's month-long "Fleet Week" celebration, an annual event paying tribute to the city's close ties to the military. The parade consistently draws upward of 100,000 spectators and is visible from most of downtown San Diego as the ships steam through the bay.
Lincoln's crew manned the rails in dress whites as the 90,000-ton aircraft carrier passed in front of the San Diego skyline and moored at Naval Air Station North Island.
"This is a good way for us to show our pride in service and to give back to San Diego," said Airman Hollie Hall, who manned the rails as the ship entered San Diego Bay. "You feel kind of like a star knowing that many people are watching as we come into port."
Onlookers and Sailors were treated to sunny weather, perfect for a series of fly-bys and demonstrations from a variety of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircraft.
"It's just a beautiful day to be rolling into San Diego and it's nice to be out here participating in an important event in an important city," said Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Glen Morris.
Lincoln is home ported in Everett, Wash., and was in San Diego as part of a scheduled port visit to Naval Air Station North Island following completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications last week.
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