Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Zane Lovettratledge, assigned to the Air Department, gives a thumbs-up for the launch of a C-2A Greyhound.
Atlantic Ocean (Sep. 20, 2005) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Zane Lovettratledge, assigned to the Air Department, gives a "thumbs-up" for the launch of a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the "Rawhides" of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron Four Zero (VRC-40), on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently underway conducting routine operations in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jay C. Pugh File# 050920-N-0535P-221
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.