EVERETT, Wash., March 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. aircraft carrier that took part in tsunami relief operations earlier this year arrived at its home port on Puget Sound Friday.
Crowds of family and friends greeted the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln as it tied up at the Navy base in Everett, Wash., following nearly five months at sea.
The Lincoln battle group was in Hong Kong during the Christmas holiday when it received orders to sail to Indonesia shortly after monster tidal waves caused extensive damage and mass casualties along the coast. The nuclear-powered ship's helicopters and members of its 3,000-man crew helped with supply distribution in the devastated region.
The Lincoln, which had provided air support during the invasion of Afghanistan, is no stranger to missions of mercy. The ship evacuated areas of the Philippines when the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991 and two years later assisted with United Nations' relief operations in Somalia.