The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returns to San Diego, Calif., from a five month deployment to the Northern and Western Pacific Ocean.
San Diego, Calif. (Nov. 01, 2004) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returns to San Diego, Calif., following a five month deployment to the Northern and Western Pacific Ocean. The San Diego-based aircraft carrier, commanded by Capt. David Buss, is the center of the carrier strike group and is the flagship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CSG-7), Rear Adm. Patrick Walsh. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Prince Hughes File# 041101-N-1397H-014
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.