Seaman Apprentice Erica Fewins, of St. Joseph, Mo., peers through the
South Pacific Ocean (Jul. 01, 2004) Seaman Apprentice Erica Fewins, of St. Joseph, Mo., peers through the "Big Eyes" on Vultures Row during a General Quarters drill aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is currently in the South Pacific Ocean transiting to its new homeport of San Diego, while participating in exercises supporting Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navys first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kevin S. O'Brien For more information go to: http://www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm File# 040701-N-5549O-054
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.