Canadian HALIFAX class Patrol Frigate HMCS VANCOUVER (FFH 331) steams along side the NIMITZ class Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) as ships from the JOHN C. STENNIS Battle Group return from an extended deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The battle group deployed November 2001, two months ahead of its scheduled date after the September 11th terrorist attacks
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM
Scene Major Command Shown: CVN 74
Scene Camera Operator: PHAN Tina R. Lamb, USN
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.