Sailor washes a jet aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sep. 21, 2010) Aviation Electronics Technician Airman David Bohorquez, from Charlotte N.C., washes an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). VFA-34 is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg) File# 100921-N-2821G-036
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.