USS Abraham Lincoln enters San Diego Bay
The USS Abraham Lincoln enters San Diego Bay on Thursday. Image from Navy video

The USS Abraham Lincoln and accompanying ships in its battle group returned to San Diego on Thursday after a seven-month deployment that included time in the South China Sea and Philippine Sea.

The Lincoln docked at Naval Air Station North Island, while the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance tied up at Naval Base San Diego. 

The destroyers USS Gridley and USS Momsen headed north to Naval Station Everett in Washington.

While underway for 220 days, the Lincoln’s strike group sailed over 65,000 nautical miles and conducted a variety of missions, including maritime security and training for long-range strikes, anti-submarine warfare and air defense.

“Every day of our seven month deployment, this talented crew displayed grit, resilience and professionalism in the execution of their jobs,” said said Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, the nuclear-powered carrier’s commanding officer. “Their hard work made the difference as we operated alongside joint and combined forces to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Navy and Marine air crews deployed on the Lincoln chalked up 21,307 flight hours, 10,250 sorties, 8,437 launches and 8,487 landings.

The Lincoln was the first carrier to deploy with a Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II squadron, which returned to Miramar on Tuesday.

Notable exercises during the deployment included Noble Fusion in February, Jungle Warfare in March, Valiant Shield in June, and RIMPAC in July.



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