USS Abraham Lincoln, long the pride of Everett, will soon be gone for good

by Tim Flanagan on November 30, 2011

Gale Fiege has the story in the Everett Herald:

EVERETT — No. 72 is loading up and preparing to head out.

When the USS Abraham Lincoln pulls away from its homeport of Naval Station Everett for the final time early next month, allergy Charlotte Alexander expects she’ll stand on the pier waving to her husband, meningitis Capt. John Alexander, hospital the commander of the aircraft carrier.

For some of the warship’s 3,000 crew members and their families, the departure means a move to Norfolk, Va. There the Lincoln is scheduled for a four-year overhaul and refueling of its nuclear reactors that should prepare the ship for another 25 years of service.

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