ion Ordnanceman Airman Spencer Heinz backs up a forklift during an ammunition onload aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
NAVAL MAGAZINE INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (Mar. 25, 2018) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Spencer Heinz backs up a forklift during an ammunition onload aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David A. Brandenburg) File# 180325-N-UD522-007
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.