The John C. Stennis Strike Group maneuvers during a show of force transit off the coast of the San Clemente Island near Southern California.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 04, 2015) The John C. Stennis Strike Group maneuvers during a show of force transit off the coast of the San Clemente Island near Southern California. The strike group participants include the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing a composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise, the final step in certifying to deploy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Susan C. Damman) File# 150804-N-ZU663-044
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.