Two EA-6B Prowlers wait to be launched off the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Pacific Ocean (Aug. 18, 2005) Two EA-6B Prowlers, assigned to the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Six (VAQ-136), wait to be launched off the flight deck of the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently returning to their homeport after a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen W. Rowe File# 050818-N-6106R-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.