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Capt. Walter M. Slaughter
Commanding Officer
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)



Capt. Walter M. Slaughter

Commanding Officer

Captain Walt “Sarge” Slaughter, a native of Austin, Texas, attended Texas A&M University prior to joining the Navy through the Naval Aviation Cadet program and graduated cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  In October 1991, CAPT Slaughter was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Meridian, MS.  In 2013, he completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, graduating with distinction.
At sea, Slaughter served as a Division Officer and Landing Signals Officer (LSO) in Sea Control Squadron 38 (VS-38) aboard USS Constellation (CV 64), Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) as CAG LSO and Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) as Assistant Maintenance Officer aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and as a Department Head in Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).  CAPT Slaughter commanded the Fighting Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), and served as Executive Officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).  He commanded USS New Orleans (LPD 18) leading the ship through sustainment phase and a $65 million Chief of Naval Operations Docking Selected Restricted Availability.  CAPT Slaughter assumed command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in July 2019. 
Ashore, Slaughter’s assignments include duties as an Instructor Pilot in Training Squadron 19 (VT-19) flying the T-2C Buckeye, Instructor Pilot and Training LSO in Sea Control Squadron 41 (VS-41), Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis at U. S. Joint Forces Command, Special Programs Requirements Officer for Director, Air Warfare on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N88), and as Assistant Chief of Staff for Aircraft Carrier Training (N7) at Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
CAPT Slaughter has more than 4,750 flight hours and 1,165 carrier arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers and has completed 7 combat deployments supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE