USS Abraham Lincoln First Carrier With F-35C Stealth Fighter

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USS Abraham Lincoln First Carrier With F-35C Stealth Fighter

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is back at sea for the first time in more than four years.

The massive hundred-thousand-ton vessel is undergoing sea trials after completing her refueling complex overhaul (RCOH), which happens once at the twenty-five-year halfway point of a carrier’s fifty-year lifespan. With the completion of its forty-nine-and-a-half-month overhaul, Lincoln is the first carrier in the U.S. Navy’s fleet that will be able to operate Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighters from its decks.

“Our team has worked hard to get USS Abraham Lincoln ready to re-deliver to the fleet. She has undergone significant combat systems modernization and will also be the first CVN capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II,” Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, Naval Sea Systems Command’s program executive officer for aircraft carriers, said in a May 9 statement. [3] “This RCOH enables the ship to meet future missions and continued service life requirements for many years to come.”

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