Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brian Fitzgerald, right, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), checks his weapon before heading out to a target area during jungle warfare training.
Okinawa, Japan (Mar. 12, 2005) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brian Fitzgerald, right, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), checks his weapon before heading out to a target area during jungle warfare training exercises held in Okinawa, Japan. EODMU-5 is based out of Guam and currently operating from the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during its winter deployment. Currently under way in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo Flannigan File# 050312-N-5781F-010
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.