Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Alexandria Ashpy, left, from San Diego, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Liz Sterrett, from Pittsburg, Pa.,
ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 05, 2010) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Alexandria Ashpy, left, from San Diego, and Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Liz Sterrett, from Pittsburg, Pa., both assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, clean panels from an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). VFA-105 is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marie Brindovas) File# 101005-N-3793B-104
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.