Lincoln Achieves Redelivery

Story Number: NNS170512-30Release Date: 5/12/2017 2:38:00 PM
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From CVN 72 Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was redelivered to the fleet May 12, marking the successful completion of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) carried out at Newport News Shipyard.

At sea for the first time since March 2014, the crew conducted rigorous tests of engineering components, the modernized combat systems suite and flight deck equipment that supports Lincoln's mission at sea. Damage control capabilities and basic deck seamanship were also checked to ensure both the ship and the crew's operational readiness. The ship marked its return to the fleet after four days of sea trials with high-speed maneuvers, that tested the ship's systems and crew.

"Every Sailor, shipyard worker and contractor involved with RCOH and redelivery should be standing tall as we bring this mighty warship back home to Norfolk and put her back into service for the U.S. Navy," said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer. "Getting Lincoln back into the fight was truly an all-hands effort, and I could not be more proud of the crew who helped make that happen."

The success of sea trials marks another step taken towards Abraham Lincoln to becoming, ready for tasking on the open ocean.

The carrier began its RCOH period in March 2013. During the four- year evolution, Lincoln Sailors amassed more than 2.5 million man-hours toward the completion of RCOH. Sailors, shipyard workers and contractors worked side-by-side on board the ship, working to achieve such milestones as refueling the ship's propulsion plant, modernizing combat systems and upgrading infrastructure all imperative to allowing the ship to serve another 25 years in the fleet.

"Approximately 33 percent of Lincoln's lifecycle maintenance was performed during this RCOH," said Cmdr. Hannah Kriewaldt, chief engineer. "Additionally, the crew took on an unprecedented volume of production and testing efforts. Every distributed system was secured, retooled, and brought back to life. The shipbuilders, other maintenance providers, and ship's force should be very proud having breathed new life into Lincoln for another 25 years."

USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to complete RCOH, a major lifecycle milestone at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News. She returns to the fleet as one of the most modern and technologically-advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in service and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense for an additional 25 years.

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts high-speed turn drills in the Atlantic Ocean during sea trials.
170511-N-SA173-088 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 11, 2017) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducts high-speed turn drills in the Atlantic Ocean during sea trials. Abraham Lincoln is underway after successfully completing it's mid-life refueling and complex overhaul and will spend several days conducting comprehensive tests of many of the ship's key systems and technologies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3nd Class Juan A. Cubano)
May 12, 2017
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