Sailors from the Nimtiz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) man the rails as the ship prepares to moor at pier 14 on board Naval Station, Norfolk.
Norfolk, Va. (Jul. 31, 2005) Sailors from the Nimtiz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) man the rails as the ship prepares to moor at pier 14 on board Naval Station, Norfolk. USS Carl Vinson is completing a deployment to the Persian Gulf and a homeport shift from Naval Station Bremerton, at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., where she is scheduled to undergo a 36-month Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at the Northrop Grumman Newport News Ship Yard. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Bruce Hust File# 050731-N-4833H-001
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.