Sailors laugh as they walk across the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 14, 2015) Sailors laugh as they walk across the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend) File# 150214-N-MU440-050
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.