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An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. Typically, it is the capital ship of a fleet, as it allows a naval force to project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for staging aircraft operations. Carriers have evolved since their inception in the early twentieth century from wooden vessels used to deploy balloons to nuclear-powered warships that carry numerous fighters, strike aircraft, helicopters, and other types of aircraft. While heavier aircraft such as fixed-wing gunships and bombers have been launched from aircraft carriers, it is currently not possible to land them. By its diplomatic and tactical power, its mobility, its autonomy and the variety of its means, the aircraft carrier is often the centerpiece of modern combat fleets. Tactically or even strategically, it replaced the battleship in the role of flagship of a fleet. One of its great advantages is that, by sailing in international waters, it does not interfere with any territorial sovereignty and thus obviates the need for overflight authorizations from third-party countries, reduces the times and transit distances of aircraft and therefore significantly increase the time of availability on the combat zone.

There is no single definition of an "aircraft carrier", and modern navies use several variants of the type. These variants are sometimes categorized as sub-types of aircraft carriers, and sometimes as distinct types of naval aviation-capable ships. Aircraft carriers may be classified according to the type of aircraft they carry and their operational assignments. Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, RN, former First Sea Lord (head) of the Royal Navy, has said, "To put it simply, countries that aspire to strategic international influence have aircraft carriers." Henry Kissinger, while United States Secretary of State, also said: "An aircraft carrier is 100,000 tons of diplomacy."

As of January 2021, there are 43 active aircraft carriers in the world operated by fourteen navies. The United States Navy has 11 large nuclear-powered fleet carriers—carrying around 80 fighter jets each—the largest carriers in the world; the total combined deck space is over twice that of all other nations combined. As well as the aircraft carrier fleet, the U.S. Navy has nine amphibious assault ships used primarily for helicopters, although these also carry up to 20 vertical or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) fighter jets and are similar in size to medium-sized fleet carriers. The United Kingdom and China each operate two aircraft carriers. France, India, and Russia each operate a single medium-size carrier with a capacity of 30 to 60 fighter jets. Italy operates two light fleet carriers and Spain operates one. Helicopter carriers are operated by Japan (4, two of which are being converted to operate V/STOL fighters), France (3), Australia (2), Egypt (2), South Korea (1), Thailand (1) and Brazil (1). Future aircraft carriers are under construction or in planning by Brazil, China, France, India, Russia, South Korea and the US.

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Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier...

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 04, 2011) Sailors row 1600 meters during a triathlon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area o... More

Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a firing squad during a burial at sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a fi...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May. 11, 2018) Gunner's Mate Seaman Apprentice Noah Ogun, front, participates in a firing squad during a burial at sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (... More

An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van Voorhis Airfield at Naval Air Station Fallon during the final phase of training for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8.

An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van ...

FALLON, Nev. (Dec. 07, 2010) An F/A-18F assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 lands at Van Voorhis Airfield at Naval Air Station Fallon during the final phase of training for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 be... More

Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) cheer on the Navy during the Army vs. Navy football game.

Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) chee...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) cheer on the Navy during the Army vs. Navy football game. The first Army vs. Navy game was in 1890, and Navy has ... More

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) form a message with five stars and "1890-1990" to celebrate the birth centennial of the ship's namesake

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Lauderdale State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Doug Hauser Release Status: Released to P... More

An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the

An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 07, 2016) An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, hovers near the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (... More

An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a dedication ceremony, sponsored by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society in Yorktown.

An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a dedication ceremony, sponsored by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society in Yorktown. The historical Na... More

 Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Department of Aviation and Capt. Jerry O'Regan, commanding officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown unveil Aviation Field Yorktown's historical marker during its dedication.

Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Depar...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Department of Aviation and Capt. Jerry O'Regan, commanding officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown unveil Aviation F... More

Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about the impact of Aviation Field Yorktown on the history of aviation during a ceremony unveiling an historic marker on the base.

Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about t...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about the impact of Aviation Field Yorktown on the history of aviation during a ceremony unveiling an historic marker... More

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan, speaks on the importance of remembering the history of Aviation Field Yorktown during a marker dedication.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan, speaks on the importance of remembering the history of Aviation Field Yorktown during a marker dedication. T... More

Lt. Cmdr. Klas Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a flight in a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider

Lt. Cmdr. Klas Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a ...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C. (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a flight in a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider. Ohman, one of only three m... More

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C., (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly b... More

Lt Cmdr. Klas

Lt Cmdr. Klas

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C. (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a flight in a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider. Ohman, one of only three m... More

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly before its final flight.

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C., (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly b... More

Original crew member aboard USS Kitty Hawk CV 63.

Original crew member aboard USS Kitty Hawk CV 63.

Kitty Hawk, N.C., (Oct. 03, 2002) Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Bob Schultz, a USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) plank owner, reflects on his time aboard the aircraft carrier, having reported to the pre-commissioning unit ... More

USS Kitty Hawk - Aft Lookout Watch

USS Kitty Hawk - Aft Lookout Watch

At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk Seaman Keyon Kidd from Detroit, MI, uses binoculars to scan the ocean while standing aft lookout watch during a General Quarters (GQ) drill. Seaman Kidd is responsible for reportin... More

An MH-60S Knighthawk picks up supplies

An MH-60S Knighthawk picks up supplies

Aboard USS Enterprise An MH-60S Knighthawk, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6), picks up supplies for a vertical replenishment as the Fast Combat Support Ship USS Detroit ... More

An HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the �Gunbearers� of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eleven (HS-11).

An HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the �Gunbearers� of Helicopter Anti-Subm...

At sea aboard USS Enterprise An MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the Gunbearers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eleven (HS-11) approaches USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during vertical replenishment operations betw... More

Gunner�s Mate 3rd Class Dave Hawley leads crewmembers in calisthenics

Gunner�s Mate 3rd Class Dave Hawley leads crewmembers in calisthenics

At sea aboard USS Nimitz Sept. 25, 2003 -- Gunners Mate 3rd Class Dave Hawley (center) from Detroit, Mich., assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven Detachment One (EODMU-11, DET 1), leads cre... More

An MH-60S sets a crate on the deck of USS Detroit (AOE 4)

An MH-60S sets a crate on the deck of USS Detroit (AOE 4)

At sea aboard USS Enterprise An MH-60S assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6), sets a crate on the deck of USS Detroit (AOE 4) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) and a vertic... More

USS Detroit - CH-46

USS Detroit - CH-46

At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) attached to the fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE 4) a... More

F-110 jet engine

F-110 jet engine

At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt Aviation MachinistsMate 1st Class Eddie Quarles from Detroit, Mi., and Aviation Machinists Mate 3rd Class Juan Martinez from the Dominican Republic work together aboard USS ... More

Aircraft maintenance in hangar bay aboard ship.

Aircraft maintenance in hangar bay aboard ship.

At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis , Jan. 8, 2002 -- Corporal Phillip Tomaszewski of Detroit, MI, checks an access panel to ensure that it is properly secured after completing a maintenance check on an F/A-18 Ho... More

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Ralph Jones, from Detroit, Mich., fires a shot line to USNS Yukon (T AO 202)

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Ralph Jones, from Detroit, Mich., fires a ...

Aboard USS Kitty Hawk Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Ralph Jones, from Detroit, Mich., fires a shot line to USNS Yukon (T AO 202) at the start of a replenishment at sea (RAS) evolution. Shot lines are a means to ... More

Capt. Keith Grumpy Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Capt. Keith Grumpy Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jun. 29, 2015) Capt. Keith "Grumpy" Kimberly, chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The event marks Kimb... More

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sep. 11, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck. Harry S. T... More

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag in foreground

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag...

Title devised by cataloger. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at http://hdl.loc... More

Aircraft. Naval. The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" (F4U-1) Navy fighter, is one of the fastest warplanes in existence. Powered by a 2,000 horsepower Pratt and Whitney engine, it has a cruising speed in excess of 425 miles per hour. Its top speed is a military secret. Designed to protect the Navy's big bombers, the Corsair may be based on an aircraft carrier

Aircraft. Naval. The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" (F4U-1) Navy fighter, i...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Image source: Official U.S. Navy photo from OWI. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Ove... More

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hor...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 05, 2016) Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Navy's only forwa... More

Jewish chaplain conducts services aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

Jewish chaplain conducts services aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abra...

At sea aboard USS Abraham Lincoln A Jewish chaplain conducts services aboard the aircraft carrier. Chaplains of all faiths serve aboard ships around the world, bringing counseling and spiritual sustenance to S... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

Battle of Midway

Battle of Midway

Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu maneuvers to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped during a high-level attack by USAAF B-17 bombers, 4 June 1942, Battle of Midway.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

The aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) is shown burning and listing after it was torpedoed by the Japanese navy submarine I-19 on Sept. 15, 1942.

The aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) is shown burning and listing afte...

WASHINGTON (Mar. 14, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) is shown burning and listing after it was torpedoed by the Japanese navy submarine I-19 on Sept. 15, 1942 while operating in the Southwestern Paci... More

he Navy�s newest guided missile destroyer PCU Pinckney (DDG 91)

he Navy�s newest guided missile destroyer PCU Pinckney (DDG 91)

Coronado, Calif. (May. 05, 2004) The Navys newest guided missile destroyer PCU Pinckney (DDG 91) sailed past downtown San Diego for the first time on the way to its homeport Naval Base San Diego. Pinckneys com... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

A file photo taken April 18, 1942 of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) launching U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B bombers at the start of the Doolittle Raid.

A file photo taken April 18, 1942 of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (...

WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2019) A file photo taken April 18, 1942 of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) launching U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B bombers at the start of the Doolittle Raid, the first U.S. air raid on... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in Casco Bay, Maine.

A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in ...

WASHINGTON (Mar. 14, 2019) A file photo of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7) in early 1942 in Casco Bay, Maine, with SB2U and F4F aircraft on its flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval History and H... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942.

PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2011) In commemoration of the Battle of Midway, fought June 4-7, 1942. The U.S. Navy effectively destroyed Japan's naval strength by sinking four of its aircraft carriers. It is consider... More

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash landing on carrier flight deck, June 21, 1943]

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash land...

Title from caption card and item. AM-CR-11-55053. Official U.S. Navy photo. This record contains unverified data from old caption card, with subsequent revisions. See printout for notes written by EBP. Unsure of source.

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USS Lexington

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[Navy fighter pilots in the ready room of their aircraft carrier before a strike somewhere in the Pacific in a recent battle operation]

[Navy fighter pilots in the ready room of their aircraft carrier befor...

U.S. Navy photo. No. 301763. From the collections of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on a Japanese frigate in the March 29, 1945 attack which cost the Japs nine ships, South China Sea

Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on...

Photograph by U.S. Army A.A.F. No. 58062 AC. Title transcribed from item. Ira Clarence Eaker Collection.

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Gerald R. Ford, Jr., Showing His Parents a Map of the Pacific Theater after Returning from Active Duty

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Gerald R. Ford, Jr., Showing His Pa...

This photograph depicts Lt. Commander Gerald Ford, Jr., showing his parents Dorothy Gardner Ford and Gerald R. Ford, Sr., a map of the Pacific Theater at their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is indicating t... More

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini ...

Original caption: Deep Six for the Sara -- Gamely flashing the Big Three on her flight deck until the last, the gallant old aircraft carrier Saratoga is shown here just before she slid beneath the radio active ... More

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer Ted Hood

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer...

Note the aerials and what looks like satellite dishes on the stern under the flight deck! Also an interesting photograph because the Wikipedia article on the carrier says she carried Douglas AD Skyraiders and ... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deckk of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) after being waved off. The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

EA-6B launches

EA-6B launches

At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk An EA-6B Prowler launches off the ships bow from one of four steam driven catapults. Before jet aircraft came into service in the 1950s, catapults were hydraulically powered. The st... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America. A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is in the foreground

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent afte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in tough-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft passes over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft passes over the nuclear-powe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Hornet launches

Hornet launches

At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk An F/A-18C Hornet launches from one of the aircraft carriers four steam-driven catapults. Before jet aircraft came into service in the 1950s, catapults were hydraulically powered. ... More

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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