The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln left Newport News Shipbuilding Tuesday for sea trials after completing a mid-life overhaul that lasted more than four years.
The Lincoln arrived at the Newport News shipyard in March 2013 for a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), a massive upgrade and renovation that occurs halfway through the 50-year lifespan of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
During the next few days, many of the ship's systems and technologies will be tested. Besides the ship's crew, those onboard include Newport News shipbuilders and personnel from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
According to a NAVSEA news release, the Lincoln will be the first carrier that can accommodate the new F-35C Lightning II strike fighter.
The shipyard, which built the Lincoln and all other U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, expects to re-deliver the Lincoln to the Navy later this month. That's according to Mike Petters, president and CEO Of shipyard parent Huntington Ingalls Industries, who mentioned the Lincoln last week during a conference call with Wall Street analysts.
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