An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 05, 2009) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 comes in for a landing on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after completing a replenishment at sea. Ronald Reagan is underway on a routine deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lex T. Wenberg) File# 090605-N-5749W-263
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.