US Navy (USN) Quartermaster SEAMAN (QMSN) Michael Cocoran prepares to raise the National ENSIGN aboard the USN Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). The REAGAN and USN Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) are completing a deployment in support of the Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) and Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Pacific Ocean
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Scene Camera Operator: MC3 Joanna Rippee, 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.