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Capt. Gary R. White, left, relieves Capt. Martin J. Erdossy during a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Capt. Gary R. White, left, relieves Capt. Martin J. Erdossy during a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

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Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Sep. 30, 2004) Capt. Gary R. White, left, relieves Capt. Martin J. Erdossy during a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Capt. White became the seventh commanding officer of George Washington. The Norfolk, Va.-based nuclear powered aircraft carrier is completing regularly scheduled upkeep and maintenance. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Jason Zalasky File# 040930-N-1082Z-050

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.

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30/09/2004 - 30/09/2004
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