A Sailor assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron Two (VFA-2), inspects a CATM-9 (Captive Air Training Missile).
Pacific Ocean (Sep. 19, 2005) A Sailor assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron Two (VFA-2), inspects a CATM-9 (Captive Air Training Missile), attached to an F/A-18F Super Hornet, as part of morning pre-flight perpetrations on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently conducting Quarterly Surge Sustainment Training off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley File# 050919-N-4166B-049
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.