Sailors wait to unload ordnance on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
ARABIAN SEA (Mar. 19, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Victor Huerta, left, Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Guilherme Valim, center, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Daniel Glbertson, wait to unload ordnance on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman George M. Bell) File# 120319-N-ZI635-095
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.