I was lucky enough to be on hand this morning as the USS Abraham Lincoln came into the harbor at the Port of Los Angeles. It was quite a sight as harbor tugs pulled it through Angel’s Gate, the northern entrance to the harbor.
I got this great honor not because of some connections, or because so much money deducted from my paychecks every week helped to pay for it, or because my Congressman thought I might enjoy seeing my tax money at work. I got the honor because I heard on the radio yesterday that the Abraham Lincoln was coming and I figured I could hang out on the small observation dock on the harbor channel next to where the port pilots dock their boats.
There were about twenty others on the dock, some with extensive knowledge of naval operations (most likely from years of service aboard ship), some with small knowledge gained from books and articles (that’s the group I’m in), and some with no knowledge at all except that something big seemed to be on its way.
The Abraham Lincoln is one of 11 aircraft carriers now in U. S. Navy service, one of ten Nimitz-class carriers. Its flight deck is nearly 1,100 feet long.
Every dimension of the Abraham Lincoln is impressive. But perhaps most impressive that it will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for free, public tours as part of Los Angeles Navy Week.
Navy Week festivities include Navy band performances, tours for many of the ships’ sailors of southern California communities, meetings between the Navy’s top brass and corporate and community leaders, and exhibitions of the Navy “Leap Frogs” parachute team, all for the purpose of “sharing the Navy story with as many people as possible,” the news release says.