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Aircrew from the �Red Griffins� of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) perform a pre-flight inspection of their aircraft before launching from the flight deck of USS Constellation (CV 64).

Aircrew from the �Red Griffins� of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) perform a pre-flight inspection of their aircraft before launching from the flight deck of USS Constellation (CV 64).

 
 
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Arabian Gulf (Mar. 21, 2003) Aircrew from the Red Griffins of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) perform a pre-flight inspection of their aircraft before launching from the flight deck of USS Constellation (CV 64). Constellation and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Felix Garza Jr. File# 030321-N-4142G-004

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.

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21/03/2003 - 21/03/2003
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