Onboard the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), an Aircraft director for Fly 3 signals the pilot of a VF-143 F-14 Tomcat aircraft into position after daily flight operations. The Nuclear powered aircraft carrier is deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 (Aw) Gloria J. Barry, USN
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.