Two U.S. Navy vessels (left to right): the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), flagship of the USS JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Group, and the Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS DENVER (LPD 9), part of the USS BONHOMME RICHARD Expeditionary Strike Group, transit through the Gulf of Oman on May 22, 2007, on a regularly scheduled deployment to the area in support of maritime operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class Denny Cantrell) (Released)
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The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Gulf Of Oman
Scene Camera Operator: MC1 Denny Cantrell, 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.