U.S. Navy CHIEF Aviation Boatswain's Mate Jared Mueller directs an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft to a catapult during flight operations aboard the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) on Nov. 1, 2006, while the NIMITZ is currently underway conducting a tailored ships training availability (TSTA) off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class Jeremiah Sholtis) (RELEASED)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
Scene Camera Operator: MC3 Jeremiah Sholtis, 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.