Sgt. Erick Lent, left, from Tampa, Fla., and Sgt. Scott Bryant, from Morristown, Tenn., practice a clinch move grappling maneuver during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training session.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 21, 2009) Sgt. Erick Lent, left, from Tampa, Fla., and Sgt. Scott Bryant, from Morristown, Tenn., both assigned to the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323, practice a clinch move grappling maneuver during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training session in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Eboni C. Cameron) File# 090521-N-0096C-004
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.