U.S. Marine Corps CPL. Ryan Daggs, Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 323 (VMFA-323,"Death Rattlers"), prepares to remove the 20 mm gun turret from an F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) on Jan. 29, 2007, while the STENNIS and Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) are conducting carrier qualifications of the coast of Southern California prior to transiting west to bolster security in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN John Wagner) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Scene Camera Operator: MCSN John Wagner, 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.