An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sep. 02, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, performs a "touch-and-go" on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Harry S. Truman Strike Group is underway participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan T. Miller) File# 150902-N-MQ094-159
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.