Sailors assigned to the Supply Department of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) brace themselves as an SH-60F Seahawk helicopter.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 30, 2009) Sailors assigned to the Supply Department of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) brace themselves as an SH-60F Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 6 drops a load of supplies during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Southern California in preparation of a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Patton) File# 090530-N-4053P-027
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.