An F/A-18C Hornet accelerates down the catapult as it launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Arabian Sea (Nov. 15, 2004) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Raging Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37), accelerates down the catapult as it launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are currently on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson File# 041115-N-5345W-067
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.