Aviation Boatswain�s Mate Ronnie Mason gives a thumbs up sign after the successful launch of an F/A-18C Hornet.
Persian Gulf (Dec. 23, 2004) Aviation Boatswains Mate Ronnie Mason gives a thumbs up sign after the successful launch of an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Five (VFA-105), aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The Truman Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Philip V. Morrill File# 041223-N-6363M-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.