Aerial view of the U.S. Navy Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) as it steams alongside the Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) during turnover operations in the Red Sea on Oct. 31, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN Rob Gaston) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Red Sea
Scene Camera Operator: MCSN Rob Gaston, 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.