3 aircraft carriers to change homeports, Navy says

By BROCK VERGAKIS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: August 3, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers will move to new homeports as the Navy shifts its ships around for maintenance.

The USS John C. Stennis will move from Bremerton, Wash., to Norfolk in advance of its midlife refueling at Newport News Shipbuilding, the only company that builds and refuels carriers in the United States. The Stennis was commissioned in 1995 and has a planned life of 50 years.

The Norfolk-based USS Abraham Lincoln will rejoin the Pacific Fleet in San Diego, according to the Navy. The Abraham Lincoln was commissioned in 1989 and had previously served in the Pacific Fleet before it moved to Norfolk for its midlife refueling in 2011, the Navy said.

As part of the homeport shift, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson will move to Bremerton in advance of its planned maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

The Navy has not publicly specified when each ship will move. Naval Station Norfolk is the homeport for all aircraft carriers on the East Coast.

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