Murray, Cantwell Honor the Crew of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln

May 01 2003

Washington’s Senators commend crew, welcome them home

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell today honored the Everett-based crew of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a resolution in the U.S. Senate recognizing their heroism and welcoming them back home. The crew of the Lincoln, whose homeport is at Naval Station Everett, is scheduled to return home on May 6, after nearly ten months on deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Southern Watch.

“I am proud to join with the families and friends of the brave crew of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in welcoming them back home to Everett,” Senator Murray said. “All of us in Washington state and across the country owe them a debt of gratitude for their service and heroism over the past ten months.”

“To the 5,500 men and women serving aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln- welcome home. Everett, the State of Washington, and the nation commend you on a job well done,” Cantwell said. “The spirit of the Lincoln’s crew is best illustrated by the fact that, despite being at sea so long, 370 crewmembers have already reenlisted.”

The Abraham Lincoln was scheduled to return home in December 2002 after completion of a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf supporting the Global War on Terrorism when it was ordered back to the Gulf to support what would later become Operation Iraqi Freedom. Their deployment represents the longest for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier since 1973.