Sailors perform pre-flight checks on an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 30, 2015) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Joseph Rowe and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman John-Ray Dacara perform pre-flight checks on an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is undergoing Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evolution Problem, assessing its abilities to conduct combat missions, support functions and survive complex casualty control situations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez/ Released) File# 150330-N-TC437-135
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.