The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) at sea.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jun. 06, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) at sea. Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katie Lash) File# 140606-N-KA273-218
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.