Newport News Christens Newest Nimitz Carrier

Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Newport News, Va., launched and christened the U.S. Navy's newest Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, the Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), at recent ceremonies at the yard.

JoAnn Webb, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, James H. Webb Jr., was the ship's sponsor and christened the carrier. The principal speaker at the ceremony was Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci.

Others in attendance included Navy Secretary Webb, Chief of Naval Operations C.A.H. Trost, Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson and shipyard president Edward J.

Campbell.

The 1,092-foot-long Abraham Lincoln, scheduled to be commissioned in late 1989, will be the Navy's fifth Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, all of which have been built by Newport News. The Nimitz carriers delivered by Newport News to date include the Nimitz, the Dwight Eisenhower, the Carl Vinson and the Theodore Roosevelt.

In addition, the shipyard is building a sixth Nimitz flattop, the George Washington, which is scheduled to be delivered in 1991.

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