The US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) prepares to drop anchor off the coast of Saint Maarten, near the Netherlands Antilles (ANT) and enjoy a four-day port visit. GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Strike group is currently participating in Partnership of the Americas, a maritime training and readiness deployment of the US Naval Forces with Caribbean and Latin American countries in support of the US Southern Command's (SOUTHCOM) objectives for enhanced maritime security
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC)
Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Christopher Stephens, 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.