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A U.S. Navy file photo of the bust of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz revealed during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

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A U.S. Navy file photo of the bust of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz revealed during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

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WASHINGTON (Jun. 22, 2018) A U.S. Navy file photo of the bust of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz revealed during the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), May 3, 1975. (U.S. Navy photo provided by USS Nimitz photo archives) File# 180622-N-N0101-1002

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.

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