A Tiger Cruise participant strikes Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Steve Scheiba, from Cocoa, Fla., with a padded baton during a security department
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 08, 2009) A Tiger Cruise participant strikes Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Steve Scheiba, from Cocoa, Fla., with a padded baton during a security department "red man suit" demonstration in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Tiger Cruise gives family and friends of Sailors and Marines stationed aboard ship a chance to share the underway experience. John C. Stennis is returning to homeport in Bremerton, Wash. after completing a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman) File# 090708-N-6538W-003
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.