Sailors watch activity on the pier from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
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SAN DIEGO (May. 28, 2009) Sailors watch activity on the pier from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Sailors boarded Ronald Reagan this morning in preparation for its fourth deployment in the last four years Ronald Reagan is underway on a routine deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Briana C. Brotzman) File# 090528-N-2344B-055
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.