Honors the value, accomplishments and contributions of aircraft carriers and the men and women who serve aboard them
U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are so powerful, complex and awesome that it takes the entire month of November to celebrate them and their accomplishments.
November is National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month, a month-long celebration of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier's role in defending the freedom of the United States, protecting the security of our nation and our allies, responding to crises and spurring technological innovation.
Throughout November, the U.S. Navy, museums and organizations across the country will hold events and activities to celebrate National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month.
November was selected as National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month because it is filled with historic anniversaries in the development of naval aviation and aircraft carriers, including the first launch of an aircraft from the deck of a U.S. Navy ship in 1910, the first catapult launch in 1915 and the first deployment of an operational aircraft carrier by the U.S. Navy in 1924.
For more than 70 years, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been the first responders that have protected our national security interests and have provided aid and assistance to our allies in times of crisis. Whether engaging with our enemies, bolstering our diplomacy or providing humanitarian relief in times of natural disaster, our aircraft carriers have been our nation’s most versatile maritime platform.
Adm. Gary Roughead, former chief of Naval Operations, best described the vital role of aircraft carriers when he stated, “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.”
For more information on National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month and to get involved in the celebration, please visit aircraftcarrier.com.