The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony.
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 22, 2015) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as commander of Naval Air Forces . (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Omar A. Dominquez) File# 150122-N-DZ831-058
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.