NORFOLK -- For the next four years, USS Abraham Lincoln will call Norfolk home.
The carrier pulled into Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday after from an 8-month deployment.
She'll eventually head to Huntington-Ingalls Newport News shipyardm where the reactors will be refueled, the combat and communications systems will be updated and the ship's hull, electrical and mechanical systems will be overhauled.
She is normally based in Washington state.
An Oceana-based squadron flew home last week ahead of the ship's arrival at Naval Station Norfolk.
"I am incredibly proud of our Sailors," said Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln's commanding officer to Navy News. "They have performed admirably for months on end, and they have done so with huge smiles on their faces. I am enormously proud of each and every Abe Sailor for their contributions to national security. They're great Americans, one and all."
Alexander added that the in-port period comes at the perfect time for the ship's crew.
"After two deployments in a little less than two years, the Abraham Lincoln crew is very happy to be in our new homeport and ready to spend time with family and friends," he said.
After operational requirements added two extensions and three months to the ship's deployment schedule, Big Abe pulled into port Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm excited about the homeport change," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Sheila Seripap. "I loved living in Everett, but it will be interesting to call somewhere else home. One of the biggest advantages of the Navy lifestyle is getting to experience living in different parts of the country and the world."