Boxes of water and food are staged aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to being loaded onto SH-60B Seahawk helicopter.
Indian Ocean (Jan. 04, 2005) Boxes of water and food are staged aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) prior to being loaded onto SH-60B Seahawk helicopter bound for Tsunami victims in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia and surrounding areas. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from Lincoln are conducting humanitarian operations in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Seth C. Peterson File# 050104-N-0057P-006
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.