Former first Lady Nancy Reagan arrives at Naval Air Station North Island.
San Diego, Calif. (Jul. 22, 2004) Former first Lady Nancy Reagan arrives at Naval Air Station North Island. Mrs. Reagan will make her first public appearance since the passing of her husband, former President Ronald W. Reagan honoring his namesake during a ship homeporting celebration welcoming USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to San Diego on July 23. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Kleynia R. McKnight File# 040722-N-2636M-070
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.