F-35C Lightning II, from the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), lands and launches on the ï¬‚ight deck of the Nimitzâ€”class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting training after successful completion of carrier incremental availability. The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln became one of the few ships in the fleet to lunch and recover the F-35C Lightning II, Sept. 3. The launching and recovering of the F-35Cs presented an opportunity for the crew of Abraham Lincoln to work with a new aircraft and play a role in the development of this new fighter jet. Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting training following successful completion of carrier incremental availability. The VFA-101 Grim Reapers are the Navy’s first F-35C carrier variant training squadron, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.