) An EA-6B Prowler from Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ 129) approaches
OFF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA (Jun. 05, 2009) An EA-6B Prowler from Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ 129) approaches the flight deck of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) for an arrested landing or "trap" June 5. The aircraft carrier is currently underway off the coast of Virginia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Tackitt.) File# 090605-N-7656T-135
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.