POSTED: 4:53 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 2:52 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2011
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln left Pearl Harbor this morning with its 5,000-member crew and air wing.
About 1,000 "tigers" -- family of crew who get to travel on the carrier during a homeward-bound leg of the deployment -- are also on board as the Lincoln heads to San Diego and then its home port of Everett, Wash., the Navy said.
The Lincoln, which arrived last week, stopped in Hawaii at the tail end of a six-month deployment.
During that time, the nuclear-powered warship traveled 60,000 miles, operating in the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and South China Sea, and visited ports in Malaysia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Saipan, the Philippines, the Seychelles, Japan, Israel, Thailand, Australia, Oman, Maldives, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
The ship conducted exercises with France, Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and worked on community relations and community service projects with a dozen nations.
Its embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 flew more than 8,300 sorties and completed more than 23,500 flying hours, supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the Afghanistan missions, the carrier loaded more than 900,000 pounds of missiles, bombs and 20 mm rounds onto aircraft.
The Lincoln left its home port on Sept. 7.
Other ships that are part of the Lincoln carrier group are on different arrival and departure schedules. The cruiser Cape St. George is expected to leave Pearl Harbor tomorrow. The destroyers Momsen and Halsey left Pearl Harbor before the Lincoln pulled in.
The destroyer Shoup, meanwhile, will arrive at Pearl Harbor this week.