Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Edward Rodrigues, a flight deck leading chief petty officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), directs an EA-18G Growler.
WATERS NEAR GUAM (Jun. 04, 2015) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Edward Rodrigues, a flight deck leading chief petty officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), directs an EA-18G Growler attached to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai) File# 150604-N-EH855-260
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.