Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Alan Pollard, right, from San Diego, and Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Ashley Westcott, from Oceanside, Calif., perform preventive maintenance.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Apr. 04, 2009) Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Alan Pollard, right, from San Diego, and Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Ashley Westcott, from Oceanside, Calif., perform preventive maintenance on an anti-collision light on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 are on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jon Husman) File# 090404-N-6597H-058
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.