Quartermaster 3rd Class Eddie King plots navigation points on the ship's bridge.
ARABIAN SEA (Apr. 12, 2011) Quartermaster 3rd Class Eddie King, assigned to the navigation department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), plots navigation points on the ship's bridge. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting maritime security operations and air support missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez) File# 110412-N-6320L-043
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.