Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Joseph Dixon chains down a jet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
SAN DIEGO (Jul. 28, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Joseph Dixon chains down a jet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is underway for a composite training unit exercise, the final step before being certified for deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley) File# 150728-N-MJ645-257
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.