Sailors from the Aviation Ordnance team assigned to the
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sep. 20, 2016) Sailors from the Aviation Ordnance team assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 load a CATM-9X Sidewinder onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet for an air-to-air warfare training exercise during Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. VFA-115 is embarked on board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on patrol with Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Chris Pagenkopf) File# 160920-N-CF980-002
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.