U.S. Navy Command MASTER CHIEF Ashley Smith (right), from the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), uses an M14 rifle with a Mk. 87 line throwing attachment to fire a message line to the Henry J. Kaiser Class Oiler USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199) during a replenishment at sea operation between the two ships in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 24, 2006. RAS is a method of transferring fuel, munitions and stores from ship to another while underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN Joshua Wayne LeGrand) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
Scene Camera Operator: MCSN Joshua Wayne Legrand, 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.