An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter prepares to lift a bundle of cargo nets from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an early morning vertical replenishment.
Persian Gulf (Dec. 11, 2004) An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter prepares to lift a bundle of cargo nets from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an early morning vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship UNSN Artic (T-AOE 8). Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Ricardo J. Reyes File# 041211-N-2984R-081
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.