Sailors from the Air Department place a rubber seal into catapult shuttle number one on the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after launching aircraft.
Indian Ocean (Jan. 20, 2005) Sailors from the Air Department place a rubber seal into catapult shuttle number one on the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after launching aircraft that will be used to participate in the multi-national operation "Cope Tiger". The annual, joint/combined multilateral exercise with more than 1,370 people and dozens of aircraft from the United States, Thailand and Republic of Singapore. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley File# 050120-N-4166B-079
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.