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Originally published March 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM | Page modified March 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

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USS Lincoln returns to Everett home port

A band played and family members were waiting on the Navy pier in Everett as the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln brought more than 3,200 sailors home, after six months supporting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. —

A band played and family members were waiting on the Navy pier in Everett as the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln brought more than 3,200 sailors home, after six months supporting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Everett-based destroyer, the Momsen, also returned Thursday. The Navy says a second destroyer in the carrier strike group, the Shoup, is returning next week to the home port.

The Lincoln previously unloaded its air wing at San Diego. That included a squadron of Prowlers from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

The Lincoln has been based at Everett since 1997. The nuclear-powered ship is scheduled to head to Newport News, Va., at the end of 2011 for a three-year refueling.

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