Crew members of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) listen to a speech by Vice President J. Danforth Quayle who is aboard the ship as part of a three-day visit with military forces deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD
Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Leo J. Latasiewicz
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.