The Centennial Anniversary of the United States Aircraft Carrier
When the aircraft carrier USS Langley (CV 1) was commissioned in March 1922, it marked the birth of a new type of seaborne weapon, one that had much to do with making the US Navy a dominant naval power. From Langley and its humble beginnings as a converted collier, to today’s USS Gerald R Ford representing the most advanced warfighting platform in the world, the American aircraft carrier has been the mainstay in executing the US Navy’s mission of defending our nation and its interests around the globe. Today’s Nimitz and Ford class carriers were designed and built through the close partnership of private industry and military expertise, representing the very best in American ingenuity and technological advancements. They are operated by the finest warfighters the world has ever known. Together, the American aircraft carrier and its warfighters represent all that is great about the American spirit. As a result, it is only fitting that we celebrate this historic milestone, to champion the men and women who preserved and advanced the American aircraft carrier for the past 100 years as we look forward the next century of US Navy dominance on the high seas.
To commemorate the American aircraft carrier and those who have served aboard them for a century, we are producing a publication that will be one element of the recognition this milestone deserves.