Flight deck crewmen take a break on the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81.A parked F-14 Tomcat aircraft is in the background
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DISPLAY DETERMINATION '81
Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED)
Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Douglas Tesner
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.