Sailors stand by on the pier as the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Naval Station Norfolk.
NORFOLK (Nov. 16, 2015) Sailors stand by on the pier as the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Naval Station Norfolk. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deploying in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. With Harry S. Truman as the flagship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and ships USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gravely (DDG 107), and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Magen Reed) File# 151116-N-KD168-063
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.