Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly over the mast of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during flight operations
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 04, 2009) Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly over the mast of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during flight operations. Stennis and CVW 9 are on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman) File# 090504-N-6538W-032
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.