Military Factory

Naval Aircraft Carriers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

World Wa 2 solidified the Aircraft Carrier as the undisputed King of the High Seas - a position the vessel type still holds today.





There are a total of (119) Aircraft Carriers of the World in the Military Factory (this listing also includes Helicopter Carriers). Entries are listed below by service year descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator.




2025
INS Vishal
The INS Vishal ("Immense") is the second of two new indigenous Indian Navy carrier designs currently... [Read More]
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2025
USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
USS Enterprise (CVN-80) forms the third "supercarrier" of the new Gerald Ford-class of nuclear-power... [Read More]
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2021
TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
It was revealed in January of 2016 that Ankara is readying itself for its first-ever, homegrown airc... [Read More]
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2020
USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
The "new look" United States Navy is planning on procuring three of the new Gerald R. Ford-class nuc... [Read More]
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2019
INS Vikrant
The INS Vikrant is the first indigenous aircraft carrier design being undertaken by the nation of In... [Read More]
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2018
HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
HMS Prince of Wales (R09) has been ordered as the second ship in the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircra... [Read More]
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2016
HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
The HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) aircraft carrier heads the new, two-strong Queen Elizabeth-class group... [Read More]
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2016
HMAS Adelaide (L01)
HMAS Adelaide (L01) is the second of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warships being readied for se... [Read More]
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2015
JDS Izumo (DDH-183)
JDS Izumo (DDH-183) leads the new 22DDH-class of helicopter destroyers and forms a key component of ... [Read More]
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2015
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
The USS Gerald Ford is the newest, full-sized aircraft carrier to be contracted by the United States... [Read More]
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2014
HMAS Canberra (L02)
In the mid-2000s, the Australian government selected a Spanish-based Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) s... [Read More]
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2013
USS America (LHA-6)
The USS America is slated to replace the Tarawa-class of ships and achieve operational capability in... [Read More]
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2013
INS Vikramaditya (R33)
The INS Vikramaditya is a new Indian Navy aircraft carrier based on the since disbanded Soviet-era K... [Read More]
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2012
CNS Liaoning (16)
While at one point aircraft carriers were shunned by the Chinese as a "Western capitalistic venture"... [Read More]
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2011
JDS Ise (DDH-182)
The JDS Ise (DDH-182) serves as a "helicopter destroyer" within the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense F... [Read More]
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2009
JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)
Japan is a nation of 6,852 islands located in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Sea of Japan with the S... [Read More]
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2009
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
When commissioned in 2009, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) marked the last of theten-strong Nimitz... [Read More]
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2008
Cavour (550)
The Conte di Cavour (550) is one of two actively serving Italian Navy aircraft carriers (alongside t... [Read More]
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2006
FS Tonnere (L0914)
The Tonnerre (L9014) serves as an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier of the modern Frenc... [Read More]
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2005
FS Mistral (L9013)
The FS Mistral is one of the primary amphibious assault ships of the French Navy (also categorized a... [Read More]
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2003
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
While in use as early as World War 1 (1914-1918), the aircraft carrier rose to prominence during the... [Read More]
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2001
FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
The Charles de Gaulle (R 91) is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the Fr... [Read More]
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2000
BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
In early 2014, Brazil remains the sole South American nation to field an active aircraft carrier (Ar... [Read More]
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1998
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
The USS Harry S. Truman is another in the long line of Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier... [Read More]
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1997
RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
The RTN (Royal Thai Navy) HMTS (His Majesty's Thai Ship) Chakri Naruebet (911) is Thailand's first a... [Read More]
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1995
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
The USS John C. Stennis is the fifth in the line of 10 Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier... [Read More]
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1993
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
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1992
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
The USS George Washington (CVN-73) is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in service with the United ... [Read More]
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1991
Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
Due to historical and political considerations carrier development got off to a slow start in the So... [Read More]
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1989
INS Viraat (R22)
The INS Viraat (R22) ("Viraat" meaning "Giant") is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier current... [Read More]
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1989
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) became the fifth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in o... [Read More]
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1989
USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Vessels of the "Landing Helicopter Dock" (LHD) amphibious assault ship program of the US Navy are na... [Read More]
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1988
Principe de Asturias (R11)
During the Cold War, it was pertinent for all major European powers to field some form of modern air... [Read More]
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1988
Ulyanovsk
While the Soviet Navy of the Cold War decades fielded some form of aircraft carrier its carrier flee... [Read More]
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1987
Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
The Admiral Gorshkov (formerly the "Baku" CVHG-103) was a late-Cold War-era aircraft carrier serving... [Read More]
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1986
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is a Nimitz class carrier and was the 4th ship of 10 built. As... [Read More]
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1985
Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
The Giuseppe Garibaldi is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier in active service with the Itali... [Read More]
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1982
HMS Illustrious (R06)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the aircraft carrier became the new symbol of power concerning high ... [Read More]
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1982
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
The USS Carl Vinson is one of ten Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers operated by the Uni... [Read More]
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1981
HMS Ark Royal (R07)
HMS Ark Royal (originally to be called HMS Indomitable) represented a fitting addition to British na... [Read More]
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1980
HMS Invincible (R05)
HMS Illustrious served the British Royal Navy for several decades before seeing decommissioning. The... [Read More]
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1980
JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to repla... [Read More]
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1977
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is the second of ten vessels in the Nimitz-class group of American nucl... [Read More]
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1975
USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
One of the most recognizable American Navy names of World War 2 became the name of one of the most i... [Read More]
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1972
Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
The Kiev Class was a larger version of the Moskva Class and her design was a bold step in achieving ... [Read More]
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1969
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
At one point in relatively recent history, the Argentine Navy fielded no fewer than two aircraft car... [Read More]
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1968
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
The USS John F. Kennedy was part of the Kitty Hawk-class of conventionally-powered vessels in servic... [Read More]
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1967
Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
In the 1960's the range of Polaris Submarine missiles were known to the Soviets and it was apparent ... [Read More]
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1965
USS America (CV-66)
The USS America (CV-66 though initially designated as CVA-66) was a conventionally-powered aircraft ... [Read More]
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1964
FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
When the French Navy required an all-modern aircraft carrier during the tumultuous Cold War years, i... [Read More]
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1961
USS Constellation (CV-64)
The Kitty Hawk-class of conventionally-powered aircraft carriers for the United States Navy (USN) nu... [Read More]
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1961
INS Vikrant (R11)
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1961
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
This modernized version of the World War 2-era aircraft carrier became the first nuclear-powered air... [Read More]
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1961
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
USS Kitty Hawk traveled the world in support of US military actions and relations building, undergoi... [Read More]
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1959
USS Independence (CV-62)
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1959
HMS Hermes (R12)
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1959
ARA Independencia (V-1)
The South American nation of Argentina has always attempted to maintain a capable fighting force. Wh... [Read More]
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1957
USS Ranger (CV-61)
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1956
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
The crew called her "Sara" and USS Saratoga (CV-60) was ordered as a "Large Aircraft Carrier", the f... [Read More]
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1955
USS Forrestal (CV-59)
USS Forrestal (CV-59) was ordered on July 12th, 1951 as part of a new generation of American aircraf... [Read More]
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1955
HMAS Melbourne (R21)
HMAS Melbourne (R21) was the last aircraft carrier to serve with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Sh... [Read More]
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1949
USS United States (CVA-58)
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1945
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Even before the situation in the European Campaign of World War 2 (1939-1945) had settled, American ... [Read More]
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1945
USS Midway (CV-41)
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1945
IJN Shinano
The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2.... [Read More]
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1945
HMS Warrior (R31)
With World War 2 in full swing and the British commitment continuing to grow, a new Colossus-class l... [Read More]
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1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy we... [Read More]
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1944
IJN Taiho
The Japanese Navy ranked as the third most powerful ocean-going force on the planet prior to World W... [Read More]
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1944
USS Attu (CVE-102)
The USS Attu was an escort aircraft carrier serving with the United States Navy in World War 2. She ... [Read More]
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1944
USS Franklin (CV-13)
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1944
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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1943
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
The USS Yorktown (CV-10, CVA-10, CVS-10) was born from the fighting of World War 2 and persevered th... [Read More]
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1943
USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22) was a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier ordered in the build up to W... [Read More]
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1943
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
The USS Intrepid served the United States Navy throughout World War 2 and beyond. The vessel was des... [Read More]
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1943
USS Hornet (CV-12)
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1943
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
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1943
USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
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1943
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
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1943
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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1943
USS Langley (CVL-27)
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1943
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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1943
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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1942
USS Essex (CV-9)
With the various post-World War 1 naval treaties no longer enforceable thanks to the withdrawal of n... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
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1941
USS Hornet (CV-8)
When launched, the USS Hornet (CV-8) became the seventh ship in United States naval history to carry... [Read More]
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1941
IJN Zuikaku
The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were... [Read More]
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1941
IJN Shokaku
The Shokaku (or "Flying Crane") was the lead ship of a two-strong Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircr... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Audacity (D10)
The British navy has always produced ships that were on the leading edge of naval technology - HMS V... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in E... [Read More]
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1941
Aquila
The Aquila (meaning "Eagle") was a proposed aircraft carrier whose construction began in 1941 but wa... [Read More]
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1940
IJN Zuiho
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1940
USS Dixmude (A-609)
The French escort carrier Dixmude A-609 was built in the United States in 1939 first named as the Ri... [Read More]
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1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy dur... [Read More]
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1939
IJN Hiryu
The aircraft carrier made its debut in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) but its true impact w... [Read More]
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1938
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
The original "Big E", the USS Enterprise of World War 2 fame, became one of the most storied vessels... [Read More]
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1938
Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Nazi Germanys first and only carriers were proposed as part of the Z plan for the buildup of the fle... [Read More]
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1938
HMS Ark Royal (91)
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1937
IJN Soryu
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1937
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
The United States Navy resurrected the "Yorktown" name several times during its history and the USS ... [Read More]
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1934
USS Ranger (CV-4)
The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first aircraft carrier for the US Navy to be specifically designed and... [Read More]
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1933
IJN Ryujo
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1928
IJN Kaga
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1927
FS Bearn
The French aircraft carrier Bearn was based on the hull of the Normandie-class of French battleships... [Read More]
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1927
IJN Akagi
The IJN Akagi was born from a battlecruiser class design consisting of the Akagi and the Amagi. Thes... [Read More]
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1927
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was identical to her sister (and lead ship of the class) the USS Lexington (CV-2... [Read More]
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1927
USS Lexington (CV-2)
The USS Lexington (CV-2) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) both served the United States Navy well in the ... [Read More]
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1924
USS Sable (IX-81)
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1924
HMS Hermes (95)
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1924
HMS Eagle
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1922
IJN Hosho
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langle... [Read More]
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1918
HMS Argus (I49)
The British Royal Navy's HMS Argus was an early-form aircraft carrier hastily-developed during World... [Read More]
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1917
HMS Furious (47)
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1915
HMS Ben-my-Chree
HMS Ben-my-Chree served the Royal Navy through the middle years of World War 1, operating as a seap... [Read More]
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1915
HMS Campania (1914)
Like other early aircraft carriers appearing during World War 1 (1914-1918), HMS Campania was a hast... [Read More]
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1914
HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
Even prior to World War 1, the British Royal Navy was working on an aircraft carrier concept. It too... [Read More]
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1911
HMS Engadine
Like many of the early aircraft carriers in military naval history, HMS Engadine began her career as... [Read More]
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1905
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) formed the lead ship of the six-strong Pennsylvania-class of armored cruise... [Read More]
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1898
HMS Hermes
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