A U.S. Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8 takes off over the flight deck of the Nimitz Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) on Jan. 28, 2007, during carrier qualifications somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft can be seen parked on the flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class Jon Hyde) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)
Scene Camera Operator: MC3 Jon Hyde, USN
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.