Machinist Mate 3rd Class Mathew Jensen assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) views a sample of fuel during an underway replenishment.
Arabian Gulf (Sep. 17, 2004) Machinist Mate 3rd Class Mathew Jensen assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) views a sample of fuel during an underway replenishment with the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) in the Arabian Gulf. Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Units in the Kennedy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are working closely with Multi-National Corps-Iraq and Iraqi forces to bring stability to the sovereign government of Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg File# 040917-N-4374S-006
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.