A flight deck crew member conducts preflight check on an F-14A Tomcat aircraft as a flight crewman passes by aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) during Operation Desert Storm
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM
Country: Red Sea
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Terry Simmons
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.