USS Abraham Lincoln returns to Norfolk after 4-year overhaul

The USS Abraham Lincoln returns to Naval Station Norfolk Friday, May 12, 2017, following a four-year overhaul. Credit: WAVY/Larry Carney

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The nuclear-powered USS Abraham Lincoln is returning home to Naval Station Norfolk following a four-year overhaul.

Gallery: Lincoln returns to Naval Station Norfolk

Navy officials say the aircraft carrier left Newport News Tuesday to conduct post-overhaul sea trials. The Abraham Lincoln spent the last four years at Newport News Shipbuilding undergoing a mid-life refueling and complex overhaul.

Officials say the overhaul extends the operational capability of the ship by about 25 years.

The Lincoln got “significant combat system modernizations” during the overhaul.

“The Sea trials period that we just concluded today went exceptionally well,” said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Commanding Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln. “Of course there was some discovery, the ship has not been underway for four years. But from the first day underway to today’s return to Port, everything went for the most part on schedule. The systems, all the upgrades that we put through it’s paces work real well.”

He says now the aircraft carrier is ready to do its job.

“They are a stellar group of sailors and I’m pleased that the community is welcoming them home to Naval Station Norfolk,” said Capt. Ravelo.

It is now the first nuclear powered carrier to fully accommodate the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) to the carrier’s air wing.

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