Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jack Terry signals a pilot from the
ARABIAN SEA (Mar. 26, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jack Terry signals a pilot from the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 to take off during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is underway for a scheduled deployment supporting the on-going rotation of foward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Figueroa Medina) File# 090326-N-9988F-002
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.