First woman to command an aircraft carrier assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln

Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will take command of the USS Abraham Lincoln this summer and is the first woman selected to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.


By ANDREW DYER | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: December 24, 2020

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Navy Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, who was selected earlier in December to be the first woman to command a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has been assigned command of the San Diego-based USS Abraham Lincoln, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Bauernschmidt previously served as the Lincoln’s executive officer — another first for a woman — from 2016-2019. After leaving the Lincoln, Bauernschmidt served as the commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego, a command she left in October.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected,” Bauernschmidt said in a statement. “I love leading sailors and I take that responsibility extremely seriously.”

Bauernschmidt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1994. Women from that class, the Navy said, were the first to serve on combatant ships and aircraft. She trained as a helicopter pilot and spent much of her early flying career with helicopter squadrons at Naval Air Station North Island.

She is slated to take command of the ship this coming summer, the Navy said.

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Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, commander of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, observes sea and anchor detail on the bridge of the ship in San Diego, March 2, 2020.