Sailors take the Navy-wide advancement exam on the mess decks of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
BREMERTON, Wash. (Sep. 17, 2015) Sailors take the Navy-wide advancement exam on the mess decks of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is in port training for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang) File# 150917-N-DA737-003
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.