Commander Pacific Fleet, Adm. Walter F. Doran, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on the flight deck during an all hands call
Pacific Ocean (Jul. 14, 2004) Commander Pacific Fleet, Adm. Walter F. Doran, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on the flight deck during an all hands call. The ship and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are taking part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004, during her scheduled deployment supporting the Navy's new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Mark J. Rebilas For more information go to: www.cpf.navy.mil/RIMPAC2004/ File# 040714-N-6213R-066
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.