Sailors assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 stand by for further instructions before an emergency drill.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 01, 2009) Sailors assigned to the "Fighting Redcocks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 stand by for further instructions before an emergency drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway on a routine deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Briana C. Brotzman) File# 090601-N-2344B-004
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.