Sailors await an ammunition transfer on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 12, 2015) Sailors await an ammunition transfer on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The crew is preparing for the Navy's board of inspection and survey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marco A. Villasana Jr.) File# 150712-N-QI595-002
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.