SAN DIEGO (AP) – The city of San Diego is preparing to host the World Cup. The USS Abraham Lincoln departed San Diego this week under the direction of Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, who is the first woman to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy.
The Abraham Lincoln’s executive officer from 2016 to 2019 was Bauernschmidt, who took over command from Captain Walt Slaughter in an August ceremony, according to CBS 8 in San Diego. Bauernschmidt previously served as the Abraham Lincoln’s executive officer from 2016 to 2019.
The carrier, which is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, launched its deployment from Naval Air Station North Island on Monday.
In a Navy news release, Bauernschmidt said, “There is no greater sense of responsibility than knowing that you have been entrusted with the care of those who have chosen to safeguard our nation.” The captain expressed gratitude, saying, “Thank you, Captain Slaughter, for handing over the greatest ship in the navy.”
Bauernschmidt has previously held the positions of commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 and commander of the amphibious transport dock San Diego, respectively.
According to the television outlet, she has logged more than 3,000 flying hours during her professional career.
Following a 294-day, around-the-world deployment, the Abraham Lincoln returned to port in April for a scheduled repair period.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, and the guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 21 (USS Fitzgerald, USS Gridley, USS Sampson, and USS Spruance) comprise the Carrier Strike Group. The Carrier Strike Group is led by the command staff of Carrier Strike Group 3.
The strike group is deploying with what the Navy describes as its “most advanced air wing,” and it will be based in the Indo-Pacific region when it arrives.
A military history website states that the first women to serve in the Navy were nurses in the early twentieth century, and that the first large-scale enrollment of women occurred during World War II, when the Navy was at its most active. It was in 1974 that the Navy designated the first woman as an aviator, and it was in 1994 that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first combat ship to be assigned to a female crew.