Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) stand at attention for a rifle volley during a memorial service in the hangar bay.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 23, 2009) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) stand at attention for a rifle volley during a memorial service in the hangar bay. The memorial service was held in remembrance of the five crewmembers assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 6 who died when their HH-60H Seahawk helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean while conducting training operations during a Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Niegel) File# 090523-N-1786N-056
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.