Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force SU-30MKM/Flanker H fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
SOUTH CHINA SEA (May. 10, 2015) Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force SU-30MKM/Flanker H fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a bi-lateral exercise aimed at enhancing security ties and partnerships with the Malaysian Armed Forces. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jonathan Pfaff) File# 150510-N-ZZ070-004
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.