LSOs watch the final approach of incoming aircraft.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2009) Lt. Kristen Hansen, left, and Lt. David Hafeman, both assigned to the "Vigilantes" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, Lt. James Huddleston, assigned to the "Bounty Hunters of VFA-2, and Lt. David Berry, assigned to the "Sun Kings" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, watch the final approach of incoming aircraft while acting as a landing signal officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is underway on a scheduled work-up conducting sustainment training and carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans) File# 090128-N-7981E-137
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.