An F/A-18C Hornet is directed onto one of four steam-powered catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Atlantic Ocean (Oct. 20, 2004) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Five (VFA-105), is directed onto one of four steam-powered catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and is currently conducting carrier qualifications off the East coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor File# 041020-N-4308O-035
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.