A crew member fires a M-16 rifle during a live fire qualification shoot aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Pacific Ocean (May. 26, 2005) A crew member fires a M-16 rifle during a live fire qualification shoot aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regular scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dominique V. Brown File# 050526-N-4843B-072
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.