USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) receives fuel from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) while the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 18, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) receives fuel from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) while the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), far right, cruises as an escort. Carl Vinson is underway supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joel Carlson) File# 100318-N-4275C-464
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.