An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the �Patriots� of Electronic Attack Squadron One Four Zero (VAQ-140) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults
Atlantic Ocean (Dec. 13, 2003) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron One Four Zero (VAQ-140) prepares to launch from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Norfolk, Va.-based nuclear powered aircraft carrier is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Andrew Morrow. File# 031213-N-7871M-001
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.