Sailors take the E-6 advancement exam aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 05, 2009) Sailors take the E-6 advancement exam aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Bidwell) File# 090305-N-3589B-039
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.