On Monday, January 3rd, the USS Abraham Lincoln made history as the first-ever US aircraft carrier captained by a woman. According to a Monday news release from US 3rd Fleet, the vessel departed San Diego with its strike group for a regularly scheduled global maritime security operations deployment.
At the beginning of August, Captain Amy Bauernschmidt assumed command of the Abraham Lincoln.
“These Sailors are incredible professionals who have trained exceptionally hard to ensure they are ready for any operational obligations required of us on deployment,” Bauernschmidt said in the news release.
“They are absolutely prepared for today’s deployment, and I have no doubt they will represent our nation proudly as we defend our national interests.”
About The First Woman To Captain US Aircraft Carrier
According to the Navy, Bauernschmidt graduated with a bachelor’s in ocean engineering from the Naval Academy in 1994, the first graduating class for women to serve aboard combatant ships and aircraft.
She earned a master’s at the Naval War College and was assigned a naval aviator in 1996. According to her Navy biography, she has 3,000 flight hours and multiple commendations.
Adding to her accomplishments, she was the first female executive officer aboard a carrier when she stepped aboard the Abraham Lincoln in August 2016. Where she later becomes the first woman to captain a US aircraft carrier.
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