USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) comes alongside USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during an ammunition offload.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (May. 19, 2009) USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) comes alongside USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during an ammunition offload. The Nimitz Class aircraft Carrier is currently off-loading ammunition in preparation for RCOH. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Skipworth) File# 090519-N-2562S-003
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.