In a historic first, aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln deploys under command of female captain
Sailors and Marines line the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as it deploys from San Diego on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. - K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

CORONADO, Calif. — A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is steaming toward the western Pacific on a routine deployment and, for the first time ever, it's doing so with a female captain in charge. For the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, which left its berth at Naval Air Station North Island on Monday morning, the deployment marks the culmination of nine months of training and work-ups. It's also the first carrier deployment for a Marine Corps F-35C fighter squadron. The carrier's deployment to the region comes amid rising hostile rhetoric between China and Taiwan. Rear Adm. Jeff...