Aviation Boatswain�s Mate Airman Vince Pascua, of San Diego, gives directions to a F/A-18E Hornet .
Pacific Ocean (Jul. 08, 2004) Aviation Boatswains Mate Airman Vince Pascua, of San Diego, gives directions to a F/A-18E Hornet assigned to the Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen (VFA-14) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is in the Pacific Ocean participating in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat capability across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navys first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Konstandinos Goumenidis For more information go to: http://www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm File# 040708-N-8213G-048
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.