Sailors perform maintenance on aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sep. 02, 2015) Sailors perform maintenance on aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat ready force that protects the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane) File# 150902-N-IN729-207
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.