SH-60 Helo on Deck
Aboard USS Constellation operating off the Southern California coast (February 21, 1997).... AMH3 Aarron Broughton of HS-2 Golden Falcons gives the lift off signal to the pilots of an H-60 helicopter as it prepares to leave the deck of USS Constellation (CV 64). Official U.S. Navy photograph by PHAN Neil H. F. Sheinbaum (RELEASE) File# 970221-N-0789S-001
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.