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Carriers

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.
Early morning fog sets across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
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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.

The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

1945 ARC Identifier 12834 / Local Identifier 80-MC-5298. This film is a military documentary told from the point of view of the crew of the aircraft carrier the Fighting Lady -- a pseudonym for the Yorktown. Sc... more

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

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165179]

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165179]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 20  Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20  Bennington-152103]

CVA 20 Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20 Bennington-152103]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 10  Yorktown

CVA 10 Yorktown

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 10  Yorktown

CVA 10 Yorktown

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-48  Saipan

CVL-48 Saipan

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141426]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141426]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141471]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141471]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165175]

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165175]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 16  Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16  Lexington-154396]

CVA 16 Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16 Lexington-154396]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 59  Forrestal [19-NN-CVA 59  Forrestal-145617]

CVA 59 Forrestal [19-NN-CVA 59 Forrestal-145617]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 31

CVA 31

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-155792]
CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 60  Saratoga

CVA 60 Saratoga

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 32  Leyte

CVA 32 Leyte

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-92  Windham Bay

CVE-92 Windham Bay

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141466]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141466]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-118  Sicily

CVE-118 Sicily

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 11  Intrepid

CVA 11 Intrepid

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141237]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141237]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-92  Windham Bay

CVE-92 Windham Bay

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-114  Rendova

CVE-114 Rendova

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-114  Rendova

CVE-114 Rendova

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 20  Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20  Bennington-152102]

CVA 20 Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20 Bennington-152102]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-92  Windham Bay

CVL-92 Windham Bay

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165186]

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-165186]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-341A-10]

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-341A-10]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 20  Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20  Bennington-152109]

CVA 20 Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20 Bennington-152109]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 16  Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16  Lexington-145464]

CVA 16 Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16 Lexington-145464]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 16  Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16  Lexington-154473]

CVA 16 Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16 Lexington-154473]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 33  Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33  Kearsarge-146690]

CVA 33 Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33 Kearsarge-146690]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-145719]
CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-155786]