Members of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) honor guard present a rifle salute during a burial at sea ceremony.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 09, 2009) Members of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) honor guard present a rifle salute during a burial at sea ceremony. The burial at sea is a time honored Navy tradition honoring veterans of the past. Ronald Reagan is on a routine deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy) File# 090609-N-4995K-066
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.