US Navy (USN) Air Crewman Matt Gardner, assigned to the Saberhawks of Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Seven (HSL-47), holds the IV bottle of an ill Indonesian woman during a humanitarian aid mission to Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (IDN). Helicopters and aircraft assigned to the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) are conducting humanitarian operations in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Indonesia (IDN)
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Tyler J. Clements, Usn
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.