Culinary Specialist Seaman Anne M. Alfiler, from Seattle, Wash., wipes down the inside of a ventilation system in the galley of Wardroom III
SAN DIEGO (Sep. 30, 2010) Culinary Specialist Seaman Anne M. Alfiler, from Seattle, Wash., wipes down the inside of a ventilation system in the galley of Wardroom III during a ship-wide field day aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is scheduled for a board of inspection and survey (INSURV) in October. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Orrin Batiste) File# 100930-N-1276B-052
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.