A weapons department Sailor loads an M9 service pistol during a small-arms qualification on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
INDIAN OCEAN (May. 05, 2015) A weapons department Sailor loads an M9 service pistol during a small-arms qualification on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli) File# 150505-N-HD510-086
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.