A Fighter-Attack Squadron 161 (VFA-161) F-18 Hornet aircraft is readied for launch on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). The carrier is en route to the Sea Fair Festival in Seattle
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Colkitt
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.