Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt relieved by Capt. Pete Riebe as commanding officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Capt. Bauernschmidt became the first woman in U.S. naval history to command an aircraft carrier.

During her 21 months of command, the Abraham Lincoln completed a seven-month deployment to the U.S.

Capt. Bauernschmidt highlighted the importance of the sailors' hard work and the difference it makes.

She emphasized the need to address global challenges, strive for excellence, and maintain readiness further.

Notable events during her tenure included hosting the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron integrated into the Air Wing of the Future.

She was awarded the Legion of Merit for her achievements and will report to Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet for her next assignment.

Capt. Riebe emphasized the ship's critical role in maintaining maritime superiority and military dominance.

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