A Japanese Akizuki class patrol craft escorts the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) toward port at Yokosuka as the vessel visits Japan for the last time. The RANGER is on its final deployment prior to decommissioning
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Sea Of Japan
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Steven Cooke
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.