Watch The USS Abraham Lincoln Turn On A Dime On The Open Seas

The USS Abraham Lincoln is objectively not the most nimble vehicle in the Pentagon’s arsenal. At 1,092 feet long, 252 feet wide and nearly 1,000 tons of naval engineering expertise, the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier wasn’t designed to chase Russian submarines or blow up Somali pirates, but to serve as a floating hub for American airpower across the planet. Its motto of “shall not perish,” culled from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, is no wishful thinking: the Lincoln wasn’t just built to fight, but endure.

But just because the Lincoln’s hauling hundreds of tons of high-tech equipment, dozens of aircraft, and thousands of sailors doesn’t mean the carrier can’t turn on a fucking dime at more than 30 knots. Just watch this brief yet delicious Navy video of the Lincoln performing high-speed turns in the Atlantic Ocean.

OK, sure, it’s not totally the same as watching a third-generation Soviet-made T-80 battle tank pull off turns ripped from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” — technically, the Lincoln’s pulling off a totally different kind of “drift” than the type Japanese street racers talk about, but that’s a conversation for another day. There’s still something awe-inspiring about watching a massive piece of the Pentagon’s power-projection apparatus doing tricks on the open sea.

It certainly beats the hell out of this bullshit from “Battleship.”

More from Task & Purpose

Career
7 Veteran-Friendly Manufacturers That Are Hiring
Gear & Tech
The Marine Corps Is Now Eyeing The Army’s Souped-Up New Carl Gustaf Bazooka
Entertainment
7 Crazy Facts Every Fan Of ‘The Deer Hunter’ Should Know
Community
The Army Is Officially Honoring Three Slain JROTC Cadets For Their Heroism During The Florida Shooting
Gear & Tech
This Tactical Watch Has The Navy SEAL Of Approval. But Can It Stand Up To The G-Shock?
Support
This Is How To Respond To A Veteran Contemplating Suicide
Back to top