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Crew begins moving aboard overhauled USS Abraham Lincoln

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 08:46:00-05

Newport News, Va. – The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) has reached another milestone during its mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

Crew members began the first phase of moving aboard the ship on Friday.

The Sailors will settle into berthing spaces and enjoy a special meal in the ship’s newly refurbished Aft Mess Decks to mark the occasion. More Sailors will continue to move aboard in the coming months.

“The crew move-aboard event is the most visible signal that USS Abraham Lincoln is coming back to life and ready to provide for its Sailors,” said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln’s commanding officer. “The ability to berth and mess the crew means we’re one step closer to getting underway in order to meet operational commitments. And for many of my Sailors, the ability to live on board a Navy warship is an experience that is both new and exciting. This is why they joined the Navy—to be a part of this crew, live on board this ship at sea, and bring sustained combat power from the sea wherever it might be needed.”

Nearly 500 spaces were completed by Lincoln’s crew and their Newport News Shipbuilding counterparts. The work included updating electrical and mechanical equipment, replacing furniture and decks, painting and readying the ship for another 25 years of service to the Fleet.