Nine F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) fly in formation near the Virginia coastline as the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) return to their home bases after a deployment aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). During that deployment, CVW-8 and the ROOSEVELT took part in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORMDESERT SHIELDPROVIDE COMFORT
Country: Atlantic Ocean(AOC)
Scene Camera Operator: LT. Gerald Parsons
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.