An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37), moves into position onto one of four steam powered catapults.
Persian Gulf (Dec. 29, 2004) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37), moves into position onto one of four steam powered catapults on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is embarked aboard Truman and is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor File# 041229-N-4308O-169
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.