A Sailor assigned to the Air Department runs across the flight deck.
Atlantic Ocean (May. 21, 2005) A Sailor assigned to the Air Department runs across the flight deck after an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Thunderbolts" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Two Five One (VMFA-251), is launched from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is currently underway conducting routine carrier operations with embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Christopher Molinari File# 050521-N-5884M-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.