Lt. Micah Fiksman, a pilot assigned to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron Four Three (HSL-43), performs a pre-flight check on the tail rotor of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.
Gulf of Mexico (Sep. 10, 2005) Lt. Micah Fiksman, a pilot assigned to the "Battle Cats" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron Four Three (HSL-43), performs a pre-flight check on the tail rotor of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter, prior to take off from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). HSL-43 is flying search and rescue missions into the New Orleans area in support of Joint Task Force Katrina. The Navy's involvement in the humanitarian assistance operation is being lead by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Craig R. Spiering File# 050910-N-4757S-003
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.