ADM Frank B. Kelso II, chief of naval operations, salutes an officer aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) during the vessel's commissioning ceremony
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Naval Air Station, Norfolk
Country: United States Of America (USA)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Landenberger
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.