Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman John Broughton signals shipmates to clear the deck as an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter prepares to take off.
Arabian Sea (Nov. 15, 2004) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman John Broughton signals shipmates to clear the deck as an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven (HS-7), prepares to take off from the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are currently on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor File# 041115-N-4308O-116
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.