An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Persian Gulf (Dec. 05, 2004) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the "Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. Trumans Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Lilliana La Vende File# 041205-N-2805L-058
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.