An aircraft handler signals an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five (VFA-25), into launch position.
Pacific Ocean (Aug. 01, 2005) An aircraft handler signals an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five (VFA-25), into launch position on the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) are currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting routing carrier operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Christopher D. Blachly File# 050801-N-0555B-136
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.