ver the past 100 years, the aircraft carrier rose from an experimental curiosity to become the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy’s fleet and the dominant warship on the high seas. Starting with USS Langley (CV-1), America’s first aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1922, the flattop ultimately replaced the battleship during World War II as the unrivaled instrument of sea power. A century later, the newest class of aircraft carriers led by the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), is positioned to lead naval aviation for the next five decades and continue to serve as a critical component of U.S. foreign policy.
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