Sailors scrub the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from a rowboat.
NORFOLK, Va. (Sep. 23, 2015) Sailors scrub the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from a rowboat. Dwight D. Eisenhower is conducting regularly scheduled maintenance in its homeport of Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. E. Veal) File# 150923-N-JQ675-070
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.