PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2009) Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Derron Gee, from East Haven, N.Y., uses a handheld anemometer to determine wind speed.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 08, 2009) Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Derron Gee, from East Haven, N.Y., uses a handheld anemometer to determine wind speed and direction from the signal bridge on the island structure of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josue L. Escobosa) File# 090508-N-9928E-032
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.