Why November?

November is full of historic milestones in the technological development of the modern aircraft carrier and their contributions to the nation.

November 14, 1910

Naval aviation was born when Eugene Ely launched from the deck of a U.S. Navy ship in a Curtiss Model D

November 5, 1915

Cpt. Henry C. Mustin made the first catapult launch from a ship, beginning a century of technological advancements that have led to today’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

November 8, 1917

Lt. Earl Spencer, U.S. Navy, became the commanding officer of the first permanent naval air station for training, today known as Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.

November 17, 1924

USS Langley (CV 1), converted from the collier USS Jupiter (AC 3), reported for duty with the Battle Fleet becoming the first operational aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy.

November 25, 1961

The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was commissioned.

November 9, 2013

The first of the next generation of aircraft carriers, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), was christened.

November 14, 2013

USS George Washington (CVN 73) provides medical supplies, food, and water to the victims in the Philippines of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

November 3, 2014

The 5th Generation F-35C Lightning II completes first arrested landing aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

“The impact of a new carrier is global, for no other ship represents to the world the power of the United States.”

Donald C. Winter Secretary of the Navy, January 10, 2009

National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month Supporters

National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month requires the support of many. Thank you to the Members of Congress, museums and organizations that are providing the support to educate the nation about the importance of celebrating National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month.


USS Lexington Museum


Association of Naval Aviation


Tailhook Association

Naval Helicopter Association

National Naval Aviation Museum

Shipbuilders Council of America

USS Midway Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Association

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Navy League of the United States

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

“Our carrier force provides the nation the unique ability to overcome political and geographic barriers to access critical areas and project power ashore without the need for host nation ports or airfields.”

Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, May 14, 2009
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