Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Carrier Strike Group 8, presents a gift to the King of Bahrain, His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
MIDDLE EAST (May. 17, 2009) Rear Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Carrier Strike Group 8, presents a gift to the King of Bahrain, His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during an historic port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Eisenhower is the first Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to dock at the newly-completed Khalifa bin Salman Port. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bradley Evans) File# 090517-N-6604E-063
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.