Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Noelle Barker briefs Seaman Steve Rowe
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 05, 2009) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Noelle Barker briefs Seaman Steve Rowe on the fuel onload procedure aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Briana C. Brotzman) File# 090605-N-2344B-011
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.