Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) while U.S. and Japanese harbor tugs maneuver the vessel into port. The RANGER, which is being escorted by Japanese Akizuki class patrol craft, is visiting Japan for the last time while on its final deployment prior to decommissioning
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Japan (JPN)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Steven Cooke
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.