An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter carries cargo from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7).
Persian Gulf (Sep. 12, 2005) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six (HS-6), carries cargo from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a vertical replenishment. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment and is participating in Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Ashley Gayton File# 050912-N-0361G-043
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.