US Navy (USN) Electronics Technician Third Class (ET3) Urban Garcia performs maintenance on the AN/SPN-46 Precision Approach Radar system aboard the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). The ROOSEVELT and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation STEEL CURTAIN, a joint US-Iraqi military offensive aimed at preventing cells of Al Qaeda from entering Iraq through the Syrian border
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
Scene Camera Operator: PHAA Nathan Laird, 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.