aircraft carrier


Definition of aircraft carrier 

: a warship with a flight deck on which aircraft can be launched and landed

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In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida., "This day in history," 26 May 2018 The test landings took place in late March aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy Lands Fighter Jet on Aircraft Carrier Via Remote Control," 3 Apr. 2018 One morning in mid-November, while answering routine press questions about aircraft carriers off the Korean Peninsula and de-confliction zones in Syria, Jim Mattis quietly hinted at something far more important. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?," 26 Mar. 2018 According to the International Peace Bureau, the cost of one aircraft carrier could reforest an area of land larger than Florida. Izumi Nakamitsu, Time, "Global Military Spending Has Doubled but the World Is No Safer," 25 Apr. 2018 The satellites help guide aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, drones in the skies above Yemen and fighter jets over Syria. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say," 23 June 2018 In the mid-1970s, while at the Zidell Explorations salvage yard on the Willamette River, Reynders found discarded gun turret shrouds pulled from the USS Bunker Hill, a WWII Essex-class aircraft carrier. Janet Eastman,, "Who will rescue the West Linn dome home from bankruptcy court? An artist, hobbit or developer? (photos)," 20 Mar. 2018 After graduation from the Naval Academy Steve served aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown and was honored the day, in 1968, the ship's crew picked up the returning Apollo 8 space craft, meeting Astronauts Borman, Lovell and Anders., "Stephen H. Matheson," 3 June 2018 Its aircraft carrier, Liaoning, conducted drills with fighter jets in the area for the first time on Tuesday. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "U.S. warns China of 'consequences' over reported missiles in South China Sea," 4 May 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aircraft carrier was in 1917

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English Language Learners Definition of aircraft carrier

: a military ship that has a large deck where aircraft take off and land

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