Ens. Brian Zimmerman of Los Angeles, Calif., addresses Sailors assigned to the Air Department during a general quarters (GQ) aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
n Diego, Calif. (Nov. 04, 2004) File# web_041104-N-7130B-076
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.