110418-N-1004S-979.PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2011) Capt. Capt. Kevin Mannix, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, lands an F/A-18 Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to complete his 1,000th arrested carrier landing. Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn Stewart/Released).
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.