PH2 Tracy Lee Didas Atlantic Ocean....An Attack Squadron 72 (VA-72) A-7E Corsair II aircraft, equipped with a fuel tanker package on the left wing pylon, is launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)
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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.