Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) man the rails as the ship makes her way pier side to Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
PEARL HARBOR (Apr. 23, 2009) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) man the rails as the ship makes her way pier side to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a three-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean supporting the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program. Hopper departed Pearl Harbor Jan. 20 to join the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group and members of Destroyer Squadron 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron) File# 090423-N-9758L-218
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.