Indonesian refugees gather under an approaching helicopter to receive food and supplies.
Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 01, 2005) Indonesian refugees gather under an approaching helicopter to receive food and supplies. Seahawk aircraft from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Two (HS-2) Golden Falcons embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), is distributing humanitarian relief throughout the island of Sumatra. 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 Photographers Mate Airman Patrick M. Bonafede File# 050101-N-1229B-183
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.