Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Siobhan Smith drives a forklift during a weapons onload aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
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ARABIAN SEA (May. 29, 2009) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Siobhan Smith drives a forklift during a weapons onload aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of a scheduled deployment supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Figueroa Medina) File# 090529-N-9988F-049
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.