Captain Amy Bauernschmidt assumed command of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on August 19. This marks the first time a woman has taken command of one of the US Navy’s eleven nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Previously, command of the unit was held by Walter M. Slaughter.
Bauernschmidt is also the first woman to serve as first officer aboard the same aircraft carrier from September 2016 to January 2019.
Bauernschmidt is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1994. That same year, women were allowed to serve on warships and in naval aviation.
This law absolutely changed my life … we were the first class to graduate knowing that we could be honored with the opportunity to serve, along with the rest of our comrades, in a combat environment,” Bauernschmidt said in a 2018 interview with the CBS station.
She was designated a Navy pilot in 1996 and has served in several squadrons throughout her career. She previously commanded the USS San Diego (LPD-22), among other ships.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, named after President Abraham Lincoln. The ship has served in the United States Navy since November 1989. The keel for the ship was laid on November 3, 1984, and she was launched on February 13, 1988.
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