The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) prepares to depart Bahrain after a four-day port visit.
MANAMA, Bahrain (May. 19, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) prepares to depart Bahrain after a four-day port visit. This was the second time a U.S. aircraft carrier has moored pier side during a liberty call, the previous visit was by the escort aircraft carrier USS Rendova (CVE 114) in 1948. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer) File# 090519-N-0803S-002
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.