A U.S. Navy T-45A Goshawk trainer aircraft takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) during a"Touch and Go"training on Oct. 16, 2006. The REAGAN is currently conducting training squadron carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 2nd Class (AW/SW) Aaron Burden) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Scene Camera Operator: MC2 Aaron Burden, 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.