A Master-At-Arms aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) looks on as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) relieves Kennedy in the Arabian Gulf.
Arabian Gulf (Nov. 20, 2004) A Master-At-Arms aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) looks on as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) relieves Kennedy in the Arabian Gulf. Kennedy and her crew have just completed missions in the Arabian Gulf over the past four months in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Kennedy and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Units in the strike group are working closely with Multi-National Corps-Iraq and Iraqi forces to bring stability to the sovereign government of Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ian Elias File# 041120-N-6343E-002
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.