An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 02, 2018) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) maneuvers alongside. John C. Stennis is underway with the ships and squadrons of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 conducting group sail training in preparation for its next scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV) File# 180502-N-EC099-020
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.