Terry Cosgrove Pacific Ocean....Attending a RIMPAC '88 press conference aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) are, (l-r): Rear Adm. J. F. Shaw, commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group One; Rear Adm. (lower half) T.A. Mercer, commander, Carrier Group Seven; Rear Adm. Toshio Muranaka, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force; Vice Adm. D. Hernandez, commander, 3rd Fleet; Rear Adm. P. Sinclair, maritime commander Australia; Rear Adm. R. George, Canadian Maritime Force, Pacific; CAPT. P. Farthing, commanding officer, HMAS Hobart (DDG-39); and CAPT. G. Garnett, Canadian commander, Destroyer Squadron Two. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)
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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.