An arresting wire falls away from an S-3B Viking's tail hook as it stops after landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64).
Pacific Ocean (Aug. 16, 2001) An arresting wire falls away from an S-3B Viking's tail hook as it stops after landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64). The S-3B Viking is assigned to the Red Griffins of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38). Constellation and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently on their way home to San Diego, Calif. after completing a deployment in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Daniel J. McLain. File# 010816-N-0295M-003
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.