Seaman Joseph Davis signals to the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7).
ARABIAN GULF (Mar. 04, 2015) Seaman Joseph Davis signals to the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) as Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Quinn Bremer supervises during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli) File# 150304-N-HD510-019
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.