Flight deck crewmen move quickly by an MD-3A tow tractor as an F-14 Tomcat aircraft, background, is launched from the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
Country: Indian Ocean (IOC)
Scene Camera Operator: PHC Ken George
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.