Lincoln’s departure now scheduled for Wednesday

EVERETT — For those planning to watch the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln leave Everett, take note:

The Lincoln now is scheduled to depart Naval Station Everett about 10 a.m. Wednesday, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Lincoln previously was set to leave on Thursday. No public events are planned for the vessel’s departure.

The warship has called Everett home for 15 years.

The Lincoln is set to get underway with Carrier Strike Group 9 and destroyer USS Momsen for a scheduled routine deployment to the Middle East. They will be joined by other members of the strike group, most based in San Diego, while they are on the way.

After deployment, the Lincoln is scheduled to cruise to its new home port in Newport News, Va., where it will undergo refueling of nuclear reactors.

The Momsen will return to Everett.

The USS Nimitz is headed to Everett to replace the Lincoln. Work on the Nimitz is to be completed in January at the naval shipyards in Bremerton. The Nimitz is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 11.

The Momsen and Everett’s other destroyer, the USS Shoup will remain home ported in Everett as part of Strike Group 9, along with the frigates USS Ford, USS Rodney M. Davis and USS Ingraham. The frigates operate independently, such as in the search and seizure of drug-running boats, or as part of a carrier battle group.

For now, the Everett-based ships won’t join the Nimitz strike group, said Kristin Ching, public affairs officer at Naval Station Everett.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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