The Armada Republica Colombia (ARC) frigate missile-class ships CALDAS (FM 52) and ATIOQUIA (FM 53), USN Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS MONTEREY (CG 61), Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36) and the USN Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) conduct a Group Sail Exercise. The GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Strike Group is participating in Partnership of the Americas, a maritime training and readiness deployment of the US Naval forces with Caribbean and Latin American countries in support of US Southern Command's (SOUTHCOM)
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Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Michael D. Blackwell II, USN
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.