Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Reaghard gives the launch signal to an F-14D Tomcat, assigned to the
Mediterranean Sea (Sep. 24, 2005) Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Reaghard gives the launch signal to an F-14D Tomcat, assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Sheldon Rowley File# 050924-N-5248R-001
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.