An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during night flight operations.
Pacific Ocean (May. 16, 2005) An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during night flight operations. Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting carrier qualifications for west coast Fleet Replacement Squadrons. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Konstandinos Goumenidis File# 050516-N-8213G-014
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.