Sailor's aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) load jugs of purified water on board an awaiting MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.
Indian Ocean (Jan. 05, 2005) Sailor's aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) load jugs of purified water on board an awaiting MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter assigned to the Gunbearers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11), Detachment Two. The water jugs will be flown to regions isolated by the Tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from Abraham 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 Photographers Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley File# 050105-N-4166B-096
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.