Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Carlena Thomas moves RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jun. 10, 2009) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Carlena Thomas, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, the Gunslingers, moves RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a Composit Training Unit Exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Felicito Rustique) File# 090610-N-7364R-008
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.