Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marion Roper from Grove Hill, Ala., directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet into position to be launched from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Pacific Ocean (Jul. 20, 2004) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marion Roper from Grove Hill, Ala., directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet into position to be launched from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk is one of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs) involved 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). Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control, as the world's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, based in Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Bo J. Flannigan For more information go to: http://www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm File# 040720-N-5781F-006
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.