An F/A-18C Hornet prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Persian Gulf (Dec. 05, 2005) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen (VFA-15), prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm File# 051205-N-9362D-002
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.