An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), launches from the flight deck aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Pacific Ocean (Dec. 07, 2005) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), launches from the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). The F/A-18F provides the carrier strike group with a strike fighter that has increased range, endurance and ordnance carrying capabilities. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua Wayne LeGrand File# 051207-N-8604L-086
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.