USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducts night flight operations.
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 20, 2011) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducts night flight operations. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans) File# 110120-N-7981E-521
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.