USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Capt. Karl Thomas,
Commanding Officer,
USS Abraham Lincoln

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard from the Commanding Officer,

As the commanding officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), I welcome you to our official website to learn more about your new command. If you are a prospective command member or a family member, my extended welcome.

As USS Abraham Lincoln continues its four-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News, Va., we have the distinct opportunity to engage and build relationships with Newport News Shipyard and NAVSEA's Supervisor Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair. Our workforce is growing with 3,528 shipyard workers,  2,500 Sailors, and 150 contractors working on our warship side-by-side on a daily basis as we undergo our overhaul with some amazing successes to date, such as the removal of 33 tons of outdated cable or late-breaking planning and repairs to both our port and starboard rudders. Our workforce, both military and civilian alike, remain committed to accomplishing our number one goal - delivering the ship on or ahead of schedule with quality work.

For our work to be successful, we must be engaged and aligned at all times. Engagement is essential at all levels of RCOH - every worker on this ship has an important role to play. From the deckplates to my desk, daily we engage our Sailors and shipyard counterparts to ensure they understand the importance of this project during the long process. Our goal is to finish the RCOH process early and get this national treasure back into the fight. Our NIMITZ Class carriers are routinely at the center of action around the globe today and every day. Maintenance periods like the one we are currently undergoing are absolutely critical to ensuring our reliability while maintaining the global capability of the United States Navy. Thank you for your commitment and your families' commitment to the RCOH mission, and for your ongoing perseverance to this being a safe, productive, and the most successful RCOH ever. We are very pleased with the progress being made throughout our ship. Your everyday contributions and efforts are vitally important to our success!