GULF OF OMAN (May 7, 2009) Two F-18C Hornets from the
GULF OF OMAN (May. 07, 2009) Two F-18C Hornets from the "Rampagers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 launch from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower and Carrier Air Wing 7 are deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of responsibility, and are conducting operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell) File# 090507-N-9909C-298
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.