The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) cruises around Point Loma on the way to Naval Base Coronado.
SAN DIEGO (Mar. 26, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) cruises around Point Loma on the way to Naval Base Coronado. Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 returned to its homeport of San Diego after completing an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.) File# 100326-N-3038W-201
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.