An F/A-18F Super Hornet approaches the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
ARABIAN SEA (May. 31, 2009) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 approaches the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on a scheduled deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Figueroa Medina) File# 090531-N-9988F-405
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.