The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 13, 2009) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a replenishment-at-sea. George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean during her first summer deployment since becoming the U.S. Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John J. Mike) File# 090613-N-6984M-011
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.