An S-3B Viking assigned to the �Red Griffins� of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) sits chocked and chained.
Fremantle, Australia (Apr. 19, 2001) An S-3B Viking assigned to the Red Griffins of Sea Control Squadron Three Eight (VS-38) sits chocked and chained down in front of the aircraft carrier USS Constellations (CV 64) lighted island hull numbers. Constellation and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Daniel McLain. File# 010419-N-0295M-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.