A CH-46D/E Sea Knight helicopter of Helicopter Squadron 11 (HS-11) transports supplies from the combat stores ship USNS SIRIUS (T-AFS-8) to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) during a vertical replenishment operation as the carrier is operating in support of Operation Deny Flight. In the foreground several F-14 Tomcat aircraft of Fighter Squadron 102 (FV-102) are parked at the edge of the flight deck
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DENY FLIGHT
Country: Adriatic Sea
Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Raymond T. Conway
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.