Onboard the US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), (yellow shirt) Aircraft Handling Officer, USN Aviation Boatswain's Mate Second Class (AB2) Amberley Wallace, directs USN SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 8 (HS-8), during a Vertical Replenishment (VETREP) evolution on the flight deck. The STENNIS and embarked Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) are currently underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting a Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Philip V. Morrill, 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.