Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) prepare to transport eight mariners in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to the Iranian navy ship Chiroo.
ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 20, 2010) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) prepare to transport eight mariners in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to the Iranian navy ship Chiroo after their vessel was engulfed in flames Aug. 18. The mariners were rescued by two SH-60 helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 7 and transported to Harry S. Truman, where they were evaluated by medical staff and provided with clothing and food. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Tyler Caswell) File# 100820-N-6362C-064
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.