An Aviation Ordnanceman assigned to the Silver Eagles of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron One One Five (VMFA-115) sits next to the cockpit of an F/A-18A+ Hornet .
Atlantic Ocean (Oct. 16, 2005) An Aviation Ordnanceman assigned to the "Silver Eagles" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron One One Five (VMFA-115) sits next to the cockpit of an F/A-18A+ Hornet during flight operations on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications and sustainment training with embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) off the East Coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ricardo J. Reyes File# 051016-N-2984R-002
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.