MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, as part of a scheduled port visit, April 15.
The visit marks the first liberty port call for Abraham Lincoln Sailors since departing Norfolk, April 1, and the first visit of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in Palma de Mallorca since the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in 2014.
“I am looking forward to pulling into Palma because this is the first port for Abraham Lincoln in about seven years,” Capt. Putnam H. Browne, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln, said. “It will be a nice time for all Sailors, especially those who have never pulled into port before. I am excited to experience Palma with them and engage with our Spanish navy partners. We’re so grateful to the city for hosting us here.”
“I am excited to continue working alongside our Spanish allies and experience more of their culture while in Palma,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class John Garnett, a Sailor attached to Abraham Lincoln.
While in Palma de Mallorca, Sailors will volunteer at a local food bank and participate in sporting competitions with troops from the Spanish army. Sailors will also immerse themselves in Spanish culture by taking tours of the region and experiencing local scenery and establishments.
Abraham Lincoln is deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th, U.S. 6th and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of operation. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12, Destroyer Squadron 2, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7; as well as Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104).
Abraham Lincoln departed its homeport earlier this month to support maritime security operations along with other coalition maritime forces and is scheduled to travel around the world to execute a homeport ship from Norfolk to San Diego.
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