Machinist Mate 3rd Class Joshua Drown hugs his wife after the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.
NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 17, 2015) Machinist Mate 3rd Class Joshua Drown hugs his wife after the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. Washington arrives at Naval Station Norfolk as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 following her forward deployment in Japan. Washington's arrival to Norfolk is part of a three-carrier swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). After serving seven years as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan, George Washington proceeded to San Diego for a 10-day crew swap turnover with Ronald Reagan in August 2015. Washington then sailed around South America, participating in Southern Seas 2015 and UNITAS 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kameren Guy Hodnett) File# 151217-N-KG407-240
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.