Sailors scrub debris off the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 07, 2009) Sailors scrub debris off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the Carrier Strike Group Eight composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a training exercise to test capabilities and ensure readiness before deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Bradley Evans) File# 090107-N-6604E-002
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.