The Navy’s first female aircraft carrier captain takes her crew to sea for the very first time.
the USS Abraham Lincoln made history on Monday when the ship was first deployed with its new captain, Amy Bauernschmidt, at the helm. Bauernschmidt is the first female captain to lead a nuclear aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy.
“These Sailors are incredible professionals who have trained exceptionally hard to ensure they are prepared for all the operational obligations that are required of us while deployed,” Bauernschmidt said in a statement. Press release. “They are absolutely prepared for today’s deployment, and I have no doubt that they will proudly represent our nation as we defend our national interests.”
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the USS Abraham Lincoln departed with its attack group from San Diego to the North Island Naval Air Station for a regular deployment in support of global maritime security operations, the U.S. 3rd Fleet said.
Bauernschmidt took command of the USS Abraham Lincoln in August, replacing its former captain, Walt “Sarge” Slaughter, the Navy said in a Press release.
“There is no more humble sense of responsibility than knowing that you are entrusted with the care of the people who have chosen to protect our nation,” Bauernschmidt said at his change of command ceremony.
A native of Milwaukee, Bauernschmidt joined the Navy in 1994 when she received a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the Naval Academy. It was also the first class where women were allowed to serve on combat ships, reports Stars and stripes. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Naval War College and was appointed a Naval Aviator in 1996, the Navy said in her biography. She was also the first female senior executive aboard a carrier after holding that position aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2016, according to his Navy biography.
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the USS Abraham Lincoln will be flanked by Carrier Strike Group 3, which includes the missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald, USS Gridley, USS Sampson, and USS Spruancesaid the 3rd Fleet.