Two F/A-18C Hornets prepare to launch while an F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
PERSIAN GULF (Jul. 03, 2007) Two F/A-18C Hornets prepare to launch while an F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and Carrier Air Wing 9 are on a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and maritime operations. Maritime operations help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell File# 070703-N-8157C-057
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.