Aerial starboard view as the U.S. Navy Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), (top), receives fuel from the Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), during a fueling-at-sea evolution in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 17, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 2nd Class (AW/SW) Aaron Burden) (Released)
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.