An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rough Riders of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron One Two Five (VFA-125) taxies to the number one catapult.
Pacific Ocean (Sep. 21, 2004) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rough Riders of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron One Two Five (VFA-125) taxies to the number one catapult on the flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in preparation for a launch. The nuclear powered aircraft carrier Nimitz is currently conducting Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) and Carrier Qualifications (CQ) off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Thompson File# 040921-N-6536T-056
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.