Sailors participate in a dodgeball tournament.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2012) Sailors participate in a dodgeball tournament sponsored by the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in hangar bay two aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis will be returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements for the presence in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate) File# 120828-N-OY799-049
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.