When the USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into Naval Station Everett on Tuesday, it was for the last time. The Lincoln will be leaving Everett in December for Norfolk, VA. There the ship will undergo a four-year refueling overhaul that will allow it to stay in service for another 25 years. The Lincoln first came to Everett back in 1997. Lincoln Commanding Officer Captain John D. Alexander says the ship’s crew and families will never forget Everett. “Abraham Lincoln will forever be tied to Everett and the Pacific Northwest,” Alexander said. “The city has been home for the ship and our families for some 15 years. We cannot begin to express our appreciation for the support this community has provided.”
Late last year the Navy announced that the USS Nimitz will replace the Lincoln in Everett. The Nimitz has been in Bremerton undergoing a scheduled period of maintenance and upgrades. Sailors assigned to the Nimitz are now preparing for the move to Everett. Speaking of sailors saying goodbye, The Facebook page for the USS Lincoln is filling up with messages from crew and families. There’s also a great video from The Boat Show taped onboard the Lincoln as it arrived at Naval Station Everett with sailors sharing what it is they will miss most about Everett. The Navy has not yet released the exact date when the Lincoln will leave Everett.