U.S. Navy Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Flight Deck Sailors prepare a Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113,"Stingers") F/A-18E Super Hornet multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft (front) for launch as a VFA-22 ("Fighting Redcocks") F/A-18E (back) performs a touch-and-go operation on Jan. 28, 2007, while the REAGAN and its strike group are currently underway on a surge deployment in support of U.S. military operations in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 2nd Class Aaron Burden) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Scene Camera Operator: MC2 Aaron Burden, 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.