Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Victor L. Galloway stands watch on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 20, 2009) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Victor L. Galloway, from Panama City, Fla., a member of the ship's In-port Security Force, stands watch from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is moored at Naval Air Station North Island on a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert A. Robbins) File# 090120-N-5386R-011
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.