A-7E Corsair aircraft of Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72), foreground, and Attack Squadron 46 (VA-46) prepare for a night launch from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) at the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. The VA-72 aircraft is carrying an AGM-88A HARM high-speed anti-radiation missile
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM
Country: Red Sea
Scene Camera Operator: LTJG Christopher J. Madden
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.