An S-3 Viking is launched from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) during night flight operations
The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 20, 2003) An S-3 Viking assigned to the Red Griffins of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) is launched from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) during night flight operations. Constellation and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are deployed conducting missions in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Timothy Smith. File# 030319-N-8796S-003
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.