The Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
There has been no mention of Magaluf, which is probably for the best.
According to the US Navy, the visit marks the first liberty port call for Abraham Lincoln Sailors since departing Norfolk, April 1st, and the first visit of a US Navy aircraft carrier in Palma de Mallorca since the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman arrived in 2014.
“I am looking forward to pulling into Palma because this is the first port for Abraham Lincoln in about seven years,” Capt. Putnam H. Browne, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln, said in a press statement.
“It will be a nice time for all Sailors, especially those who have never pulled into port before. I am excited to experience Palma with them and engage with our Spanish navy partners. We’re so grateful to the city for hosting us here.”
“I am excited to continue working alongside our Spanish allies and experience more of their culture while in Palma,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class John Garnett, a Sailor attached to Abraham Lincoln.
While in Palma de Mallorca, Sailors will volunteer at a local food bank and participate in sporting competitions with troops from the Spanish army. Sailors will also immerse themselves in Spanish culture by taking tours of the region and experiencing local scenery and establishments.
The Abraham Lincoln is deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the US 5th, US 6th and US 7th Fleet areas of operation.
With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12, Destroyer Squadron 2, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and Carrier Air Wing 7; as well as Spanish Alvaro de Bazan class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez.