Crew members watch as a trainer missile is launched from a Mark 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launcher on the starboard bow of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (VFA-15) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and A-6E Intruder aircraft are parked on the flight deck
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Country: Caribbean Sea
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tracy Lee Didas
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.