The World's First Supercarrier Commanded by a Woman Has Entered the Philippines

A Filipino baby was once born on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
IMAGE JUAN E. DIAZ, JEREMIAH BARTELT/U.S. NAVY. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has entered the West Philippine Sea. The supercarrier is the flagship of the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 3. According to the U.S. Navy, the USS Abraham Lincoln left the United States for Asia in January and is now in the region to participate in naval exercises with Japan. It led large-scale training exercises in the Philippine Sea with vessels from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). 

The warship is the first aircraft carrier in history to be commanded by a woman. 

USS Abraham Lincoln

Photo by U.S. Navy | Public Domain.

Captain Amy Bauernschmidt—commanding officer of the USS Abraham Lincoln—is the first woman to lead a nuclear carrier in history. She leads a crew of 5,000 navy personnel on the supercarrier. Captain Bauernschmidt is a former “Wolfpack” Navy helicopter pilot who rose through the ranks to become the ship’s commander. 

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Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, the First Woman in History to Command a Supercarrier

Photo by JEREMIAH BARTELT / U.S. NAVY. PUBLIC DOMAIN.

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The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, and one of the most powerful in the world. Nicknamed “Abe,” the nuclear aircraft carrier also has its own motto: “Shall Not Perish.

Commissioned in 1989, the Abraham Lincoln is also the first Pacific Fleet carrier to integrate female aviators into the crew after the Combat Exclusion Policy, which barred women from entering combat service, was lifted in 1993.

USS Abraham Lincoln’s History with the Philippines

It is not the first time the Abraham Lincoln sailed to the Philippines. In 1991, the carrier was sailing to the Indian Ocean when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. The U.S. ordered the supercarrier to return to the Philippines to support evacuation efforts in the aftermath of the eruption. 

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At the time, the Lincoln was the world's newest and largest warship. 

The ship participated in Operation Fiery Vigil, a massive evacuation mission led by American and Filipino forces. The USS Abraham Lincoln led the 23-ship fleet that transported more than 45,000 people from the American-held Subic Bay Naval Base to Cebu. 

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According to the archives of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Operation Fiery Vigil was the largest peacetime evacuation of active military personnel and their families in history. 

During the evacuation, one baby was born on the USS Abraham Lincoln while it was transporting military personnel and their families from Subic to Cebu. The baby was named Abraham Lincoln Prestera

The USS Abraham Lincoln was then sent to the Persian Gulf after Operation Fiery Vigil, where it conducted reconnaissance missions and combat air patrols over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. 

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