Members of the air department aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pose for a group photo while en route back to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 29, 2009) Members of the air department aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pose for a group photo while en route back to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier reached another milestone as it successfully completed its first flight deck certification May 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique J. Moore) File# 090529-N-1981M-134
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.