Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, April 3, 2019.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Apr. 03, 2019) Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, April 3, 2019. Harry S. Truman is participating in a sustainment exercise with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, an integrated, comprehensive exercise designed to ensure the strike group is ready to meet all mission sets and carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Donovan M. Jarrett/Released) File# 190403-N-DZ398-0246
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.