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Aircraft carriersCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2019
Early morning fog sets across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
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.
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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

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

 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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.

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

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

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

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

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

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

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(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  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-114  Rendova

CVE-114 Rendova

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-115  Bairoko

CVE-115 Bairoko

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-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

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

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(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(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 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-118  Sicily

CVE-118 Sicily

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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

CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

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-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

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  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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-118  Sicily

CVE-118 Sicily

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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  66 America

CVA 66 America

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels