Sailors clear debris from the hull of the Royal Australian Navy River-class frigate HMAS Diamantina (K377) during a community service event at the Queensland Maritime Museum.
BRISBANE, Australia (Jun. 23, 2015) Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Travis Whelpley, right, from Jal, N.M., and Navy Counselor 1st Class Jason Crandell, from Virginia Beach, Va. clear debris from the hull of the Royal Australian Navy River-class frigate HMAS Diamantina (K377) during a community service event at the Queensland Maritime Museum. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will be relieved by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years in Yokosuka, Japan as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro) File# 150623-N-IP531-018
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.