Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. John B. Nathman, addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Gulf of Mexico (Sep. 07, 2005) Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. John B. Nathman, addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). During his visit to Truman, Nathman thanked Sailors for their continuing efforts in providing hurricane relief along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Eric S. Garst File# 050907-N-6125G-107
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.