An F/A-18C Hornet is launched from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Arabian Gulf (Nov. 19, 2004) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37) is launched from one of four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and her embarked Carrier Airwing 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 3rd Class Craig R. Spiering File# 041119-N-4757S-139
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.