A close-up view of two 30 mm close-in weapons system guns mounted on the port quarter of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG). A Bass Tilt fire control radar is mounted behind the guns
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 James Bishop
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
Cold War era aerial photographs of the Soviet Kiev class aircraft carriers made by US Navy pilots.
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.