The Takanami Class Destroyer Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (MDSF) MAKINAMI (DDG 112) steams ahead as US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) follows in formation during a passing exercise with USN Aircraft Carrier [not shown]
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 James R. Mcgury, 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.