U.S. Navy Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) man the rails as the ship departs its homeport of San Diego.
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 05, 2018) U.S. Navy Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) man the rails as the ship departs its homeport of San Diego. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is operating in the Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Cannady) File# 180105-N-CG677-0017
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.