Sailors aboard to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) manning the rails wave to family members as they leave their home port of San Diego.
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SAN DIEGO (May. 28, 2009) Sailors aboard to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) manning the rails wave to family members as they leave their home port of San Diego for a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Amanda L. Ray) File# 090528-N-5586R-203
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.