Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Carter signals an MH-53E Sea Dragon that it's clear to lift from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Persian Gulf (Dec. 10, 2004) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Carter signals an MH-53E Sea Dragon, assigned to "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron One Five (HM-15), that it's clear to lift from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor File# 041210-N-4308O-093
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.