Two Naval air crewmen prepare a stretcher in a village near Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia so that they can transport a seriously injured Indonesian woman to a medial facility.
Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 03, 2005) Two Naval air crewmen, assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Two (HS-2), prepare a stretcher in a village near Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia so that they can transport a seriously injured Indonesian woman to a medial facility. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) 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 Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Gabriel Piper File# 050103-N-6020P-202
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.