A USN HH-60H Seahawk assigned to USN Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4 (HS-4) flies in a holding pattern as a USN F/A-18 Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) during a Tiger Cruise in the Pacific Ocean. Tiger Cruise is provided for family members and friends of the crew to give them an opportunity to experience life at sea for a week
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)
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.