Rear Adm. Michael Tracy, left, sits with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, during a USO Show.
Persian Gulf (Dec. 15, 2004) Commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10), Rear Adm. Michael Tracy, left, sits with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, during a USO Show held in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Trumans crew and embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), enjoyed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Holiday USO Show starring Former National Football League Quarterback, John Elway, Sportscaster and Model, Leeann Tweedan and Actor Comedian, Blake Clark. Currently aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman's Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG-10) and embarked CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Justin Osborne File# 041215-N-0382O-051
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.