Sailors assigned to the Silver Eagles of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-115) stand-by as their squadron's F/A-18A+ Hornet start its engines.
Persian Gulf (Dec. 23, 2004) Sailors assigned to the "Silver Eagles" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-115) stand-by as their squadron's F/A-18A+ Hornet start its engines prior to launching from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. The Truman Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Ricardo J. Reyes File# 041223-N-2984R-217
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.