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attack aircraft carrier

CV or CVN a warship that supports and operates aircraft, attacks targets on land or water, and supports other military forces.

attack aircraft carrier

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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... aircraft carrier CV or CVN a warship that supports and operates aircraft, attacks targets on land or water, and supports other military...

attack aircraft carrier

attack aircraft carrier  

CV or CVN a warship that supports and operates aircraft, attacks targets on land or water, and supports other military forces.
attack carrier striking force

attack carrier striking force  

A naval force that has as its most important weapon carrier-based aircraft. Other ships protect and screen carriers from submarine, air, and surface threats.
Carrier Warfare

Carrier Warfare  

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The U.S. Navy has dominated aircraft carrier warfare since the 1920s. Conceived to provide scouting “eyes” for the fleet, the carrier evolved an attack capability that rivaled that of the ...
Vigilante

Vigilante  

An advanced twin-engine, supersonic all-weather attack aircraft designed to carry a free-fall nuclear bomb and optimized for low-level attacks at high speed. It is one of the largest aircraft flown ...
CVN

CVN  

Abbr.attack aircraft carrier, nuclear powered.
CV

CV  

Abbr.attack aircraft carrier.
Corsair II

Corsair II  

A-7 an all-weather single-seat, light attack aircraft having one turbofan engine. It is designed to operate from an aircraft carrier, and is armed with cannon. It can carry an assortment ...
precautionary launch

precautionary launch  

The launching of nuclear-loaded aircraft under imminent nuclear attack so as to preclude the destruction of friendly aircraft and the loss of weapons on the ground (or carrier).
Viking

Viking  

S-3 a multicrew antisubmarine aircraft propelled by twin turbofan engines that can operate from aircraft carriers. Using an integrated computer-controlled attack system, combined with a variety of ...
Intruder

Intruder  

A-6, EA-6A a long-range, all-weather, turbojet, twin-engine, carrier-based aircraft designed for low-altitude attacks. It is equipped with an integrated attack-navigation and central computer system ...
Skyhawk

Skyhawk  

A-4 a single-engine, turbojet attack aircraft that operates from aircraft carriers. It is used for firing missiles, providing troop support, or conducting reconnaissance. It can also act as a tanker, ...
Skyraider

Skyraider  

A-1 a large, single-engine, one-pilot, carrier-based attack aircraft designed for dive-bombing and carrying torpedoes. It was too late for use in World War II, but in various versions was a valuable ...
Chuichi Nagumo

Chuichi Nagumo  

(1886–1944) vice admiral in the Japanese navy during World War II. Nagumo commanded the aircraft carrier strike force that launched the attack on Pearl Harbor (1941). His decision not to ...
Darwin bombing

Darwin bombing  

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Usually refers to the first Japanese air raids of 19 February 1942. The Japanese attacked with 188 carrier-borne aircraft to prevent interference with their planned Timor landing on the following ...
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor  

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A harbour on the Pacific island of Oahu, in Hawaii, the site of a major US naval base, where a surprise attack on 7 December 1941 by Japanese carrier-borne aircraft, inflicted heavy damage and ...
W. F. (‘Bull’) Halsey

W. F. (‘Bull’) Halsey  

(1882–1959)US admiral. In 1941, commanding the Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, he and his fleet were out of harbour when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In 1942 he led a spectacular raid against ...
Pacific campaign

Pacific campaign  

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(1941–45)The naval and amphibious engagements in the Pacific during World War II. The war spread to the Pacific when Japanese aircraft attacked the US naval base of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Japan was ...
Battle of Leyte Gulf

Battle of Leyte Gulf  

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(October 1944)A naval battle off the Philippines. In the campaign to recover the Philippines, US forces landed on the island of Leyte. Four Japanese naval forces converged to attack US transports, ...
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