U.S. Navy Sailors stand on the flight deck of the Nimitz Class Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) on Jan. 20, 2007, as they depart San Diego, Calif., during a regularly scheduled deployment out to sea somewhere in the Pacific Ocean in support of the Global War on Terror. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class Paul J. Perkins) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Country: Pacific Ocean (POC)
Scene Camera Operator: MC3 Paul Perkins, 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.