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Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Meet the ships that call Naval Station Everett home

  • The USS Abraham Lincoln pulls into its homeport of Everett on March 24, 2011.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    The USS Abraham Lincoln pulls into its homeport of Everett on March 24, 2011.

Naval Station Everett is one of four Navy installations on Puget Sound, and the home port of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and five other ships. The base also hosts the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Blue Shark and Henry Blake. It is Snohomish County's second-largest employer, with an annual payroll of $230 million.

With several of the Navy vessels back in port, here's a look at the ships that call this home. And here's a photo gallery of Everett's ships in port and at sea.

USS Abraham Lincoln


The Lincoln is the Navy's fifth ship in the Nimitz class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which serve as a mobile airport for Navy airplanes.

When an air wing is aboard, the USS Lincoln is a floating city of more than 5,000 people. It has its own post office, TV and radio stations, newspaper, fire department, library, laundry, hospital, general store, barbershop and gym.

On an average day, the sailors go through 600 loaves of bread, 600 gallons of milk, 600 pounds of hamburger, 900 pounds of fruit, 800 pounds of vegetables and 180 dozen eggs.

Flight deck: 4.5 acres
Width: 257 feet
Length: 1,092 feet
Height from keel to mast: 206 feet
Weight: displaces about 100,000 tons when fully loaded
Speed: 30 knots
Propulsion: two nuclear reactors, steam turbines
Gallons of fresh water that can be distilled daily from the ocean: 400,000
Anchors: two at 30 tons each
1989: Commissioned
1997: Sails into new home port of Everett.
Fall 2011: Will depart Everett for deployment, followed by sailing to Hampton Roads, Va., for refueling of nuclear reactors.
2012-2016: Refueling overhaul.
Web info: www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/, www.facebook.com/USSLincoln

USS Nimitz


The USS Nimitz, the first in a class of 10 nuclear carriers, was commissioned in 1975. Its design was the basis for the Lincoln. Most recently based in San Diego, the Nimitz is undergoing maintenance at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton.

The Nimitz is expected to arrive in Everett in late 2011, after the USS Abraham Lincoln leaves for deployment and refueling. The Nimitz will be based in Everett.

Nimitz on the Web: www.nimitz.navy.mil (with links to see what's going on in dry dock)


USS Momsen and USS Shoup


These destroyers are fast warships that operate primarily as part of a carrier strike group. The Momsen and the Shoup are Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.

The Momsen was commissioned in 2004. The Shoup was commissioned at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle in 2002. Recently, the Momsen was involved in anti-piracy work.

Length: 505 feet
Weight: Displacement of nearly 9,000 tons.
Crew: About 300 officers and enlisted crew each.
Shoup: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg86/
Momsen: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg92/


USS Ford, USS Rodney M. Davis and USS Ingraham


The Ford, the Rodney M. Davis and the Ingraham are frigates -- warships designed to protect other ships and fight submarines. They also have been involved in search and seizure of drug-running boats. The frigates operate independently or as part of a carrier battle group.

All three are Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates. The Ford was commissioned in 1985 and the Davis was commissioned in 1987. The Ingraham was commissioned in 1989 and is the 18th and final Perry-class frigate to be built by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle.

Length: 453 feet
Displacement: 4,100 tons
Crew: More than 200 officers and enlisted personnel each.
Ingraham: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ffg61/
Davis: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ffg60/
Ford: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ffg54/

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