An S-3B Viking conducts routine missions from aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64)
The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 25, 2003) An S-3B Viking assigned to the Red Griffins of Sea Control Squadron Thirty Eight (VS-38) conducts routine missions from aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64). For the first time in thirty years of service the S-3B Viking engaged targets with precision-guided missiles. Constellation and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqs weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo. File# 030325-N-0000X-001
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.