An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Cougars of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 is waved off just before landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
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SAN DIEGO (May. 28, 2009) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 is waved off just before landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The primary mission of the Prowler is suppression of enemy air defenses in support of strike aircraft and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity. The aircraft also obtains tactical electronic intelligence. Ronald Reagan is underway on a routine deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oliver Cole) File# 090528-N-9132C-055
Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion). The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the United States Navy was USS Langley (CV-1) on 20 March 1922.