F/A-18C Hornets attached to Fighter Attack Squadron Eighty-Six (VFA-86) aboard the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) approach a British Royal Air Force VC-10K tanker for refueling. Washington is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: SOUTHERN WATCH
Scene Camera Operator: LT Chuck Radosta
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.