USS Abraham Lincoln sets sail for homeport

EVERETT — The USS Abraham Lincoln is on its way home. And so are the destroyers USS Momsen and the USS Shoup.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in San Diego this weekend on its way back to its homeport of Everett, said Navy Station Everett public affairs officer Kristin Ching.

“The return dates are still tentative, but we’ll see the Momsen first, then the Lincoln and then the Shoup,” Ching said. “The weather has been a factor in the schedule. When they arrive, though, the families will be waiting on the pier.”

The Lincoln left Everett on Sept. 7 for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility.

Fans of the Lincoln’s Facebook page are counting on the aircraft carrier’s arrival here March 24.

The strike group’s air wing completed more than 23,500 flying hours during the deployment. The Lincoln and its group conducted exercises with France, Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Momsen and the Shoup also provided assistance to more than 10 vessels out in the ocean, said a spokesman with the strike group’s public affairs office.

Ports that the carrier visited included those in Malaysia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Saipan, the Philippines, Seychelles, Japan, Israel, Thailand, Australia, Oman, Maldives, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. In many of those places, crews did community service projects, the Navy said.

During this deployment, the Navy recognized the Lincoln as the best Pacific-based carrier for 2010, a public affairs officer said.

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