Sailors work on the tail hook of an EA-6B Prowler on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
Pacific Ocean (Dec. 29, 2004) Sailors assigned to the "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Thirty One (VAQ-131), work on the tail hook of an EA-6B Prowler on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean on a scheduled deployment. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the Surge Role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley File# 041229-N-4166B-053
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.