Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) chock and chain aircraft on the flight deck.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 19, 2016) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) chock and chain aircraft on the flight deck. Nimitz is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Cody M. Deccio) File# 161019-N-MH057-039
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.