Supply and deck department Sailors transfer cargo in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a replenishment-at-sea.
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 29, 2009) Supply and deck department Sailors transfer cargo in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4). George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier, is underway conducting a Combat Operations Efficiency evaluation in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher S. Harte) File# 090529-N-1062H-042
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.