An EA-18G Growler, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Nov. 3, 2018.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 03, 2018) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Nov. 3, 2018. Harry S. Truman is participating in Trident Juncture 18, a month long exercise designed to test NATO's ability to plan and conduct a major collective defense operation - from troop training at the tactical level, to command over large elements of a NATO force. The exercise takes place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden. More than 50,000 participants - including U.S. service members - are participating, utilizing approximately 150 aircraft, 65 ships and more than 10,000 vehicles in support of the exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Donovan M. Jarrett) File# 181103-N-DZ398-0338
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.