CENTENNIAL OF UNITED STATES NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS:
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SUBJ/CENTENNIAL OF UNITED STATES NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS//
RMKS/1. The Department of the Navy will recognize the Centennial of United
States Navy Aircraft Carriers (CONAC) in calendar year 2022.
2. On 20 March 1922, following a two year conversion at Norfolk Naval
Shipyard, the former USS Jupiter (Collier #3) was recommissioned as the
United States Navy’s first aircraft carrier USS Langley (CV 1). Named in
honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley, an American aircraft pioneer and engineer,
CV 1 started as an experimental platform but was quickly proven an invaluable
weapons system that changed how the US Navy fought at sea. In the nearly
100 years since, from CV 1 to CVN 78, aircraft carriers have been the Navy’s
preeminent power projection platform and have served the nations interest in
times of war and peace. With an unequaled ability to provide warfighting
capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict, and to adapt in an ever-
changing world, aircraft carriers, their air wings, and associated strike
groups are the foundation of US maritime strategy.
3. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act codified the sense of
Congress that The people of the United States should be encouraged to
celebrate the history of aircraft carriers in the United States and to always
remember the vital role these vessels play in defending the nations freedom.
It is appropriate that during the Centennial of United States Navy Aircraft
Carriers, the Department of the Navy and the American public be afforded the
opportunity to recognize the contributions of aircraft carriers to our
national security and become acquainted with their rich and colorful
4. Commander, Naval Air Forces will be the executive agent for planning and
executing all events associated with the Centennial of United States Navy
Aircraft Carriers throughout calendar year 2022.
Commander, Naval Air Forces will:
a. Designate a CONAC coordinator.
b. Establish membership for the CONAC working group.
c. Coordinate and engage with cognizant stakeholders and organizations
supporting CONAC events and venues.
d. Ensure CONAC themes are guided by, and supportive of, Navy’s strategic
5. The Centennial of United States Navy Aircraft Carriers affords the nation
the opportunity to honor the legacy of United States Navy aircraft carriers
and the Sailors who serve aboard them, and to reaffirm their contributions to
our country’s safety, security and prosperity.
6. Released by Vice Admiral Scott D. Conn, N9.//