The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has left dry dock after more than a year at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI) Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia. The dry dock was a part of the mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of CVN 72.
The Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs, Chris Miner, marked the end of the dry dock as a significant milestone in the life the warship saying:
“With Lincoln in the water, shipbuilders and sailors can focus on the final restoration, outfitting and testing of the ship’s systems. Moving her to the outfitting berth marks the point when the crew move aboard process begins and we bring the ship back to life.”
USS Abraham Lincoln entered dry dock in March last year. The warship is scheduled for redelivery in 2016.
The next phases of the RCOH are outfitting and testing. Once the RCOH is completed, the USS Abraham Lincoln will be overhauled, tested and equipped for the second half of her expected service life of half a century.
Video: USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Undocking
Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries