An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Slayers
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 01, 2018) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Slayers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11, launches off the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which evaluates the strike group's ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea, ultimately certifying the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins) File# 180201-N-UJ486-131
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.