Female captain to command US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for 1st time

The US Navy revealed that Captain Amy Bauernschmidt will assume command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), marking the first time a female commanding officer will lead the crew of one of the navy’s eleven nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Bauernschmidt will take command of Lincoln this summer, upon completion of the nuclear power, aviation, and leadership training required of aircraft carrier COs. 

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected,”  Bauernschmidt said.

 “I love leading Sailors and I take that responsibility extremely seriously.”

Bauernschmidt was also the first woman to serve as the executive officer aboard an aircraft carrier, a position she held from September 2016 to January 2019, also on the Lincoln.

Bauernschmidt is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the United Stated Naval Academy in May 1994, the first graduating class in which women were allowed to serve aboard combatant ships and aircraft.  She was designated as a Naval Aviator in 1996 and served with several helicopter squadrons throughout her career. She has previously commanded the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22).

Commissioned in 1989, USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the naval fleet. Naval Air Station North Island serves as the warship’s homeport.

Photo: USS Abraham Lincoln. Photo: US Navy