PACIFIC OCEAN (May 13, 2009) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Trever Petre uses a magnifying glass to inspect the bearings of an F/A-18 Hornet tire.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 13, 2009) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Trever Petre uses a magnifying glass to inspect the bearings of an F/A-18 Hornet tire in Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's (AIMD) Tire Shop aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California in preparation of a scheduled Western Pacific Deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Heil) File# 090513-N-3946H-064
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.