High-Speed Maneuvers From USS Lincoln Caught On Video

In May, the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was redelivered to the fleet following the completion of her nuclear refueling and complex overhaul at Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipyard. The ship marked her return to the fleet after four days of sea trials with high-speed maneuvers that tested her systems and crew; recently released video (above) shows her heeled over in sharp turns, the signature look of a nuclear supercarrier out on trials. Like other Nimitz-class carriers, Lincoln’s published top speed is over 30 knots, though her true maximum is likely higher.

Some technical information about the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Namesake: Abraham Lincoln

Awarded: 27 December 1982

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co.

Laid down: 3 November 1984

Launched: 13 February 1988

Sponsored by: JoAnn K. Webb

Christened: 13 February 1988

Commissioned: 11 November 1989

Motto: Shall Not Perish

Nickname(s): Abe

Status: In active service, as of 2016

Displacement: 104,112 long tons (105,783 t)

Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m)

Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)

Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m)

Draft: Maximum navigational: 37 ft (11.3 m)

Limit: 41 ft (12.5 m)

Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors4 × steam turbines4 × shafts260,000 shp (194 MW)

Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)

Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years


Ship’s company: 3,200

Air wing: 2,480