Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Michael Tambaoan of Los Angeles, Calif., conducts a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) search on an F/A-18E Super Hornet.
Pacific Ocean (Nov. 16, 2004) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Michael Tambaoan of Los Angeles, Calif., assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Seven (VFA-137), conducts a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) search on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley File# 041116-N-4166B-044
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.