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Aircraft Carriers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/14/2014

World Wa 2 solidified the Aircraft Carrier as the undisputed King of the High Seas.

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There are a total of 105 Aircraft Carriers in the Military Factory (this listing also includes Helicopter Carriers). Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1987
Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
The Admiral Gorshkov (formerly the "Baku" CVHG-103) was a late-Cold War-era aircraft carrier serving the Soviet Navy for a ti...
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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 Soviet Union. The debate o...
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1941
Aquila
The Aquila (meaning "Eagle") was a proposed aircraft carrier whose construction began in 1941 but was never completed due to ...
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1959
ARA Independencia (V-1)
The South American nation of Argentina has always attempted to maintain a capable fighting force. When the British Royal Navy...
Thumbnail picture of the ARA Independencia (V-1)

1969
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
At one point in relatively recent history, the Argentine Navy fielded no fewer than two aircraft carriers. Its first became A...
Thumbnail picture of the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)

1927
Bearn
The French aircraft carrier Bearn was based on the hull of the Normandie-class of French battleships and was designed as an e...
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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 (Argentina gave up use of th...
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2008
Cavour (550)
The Conte di Cavour (550) is one of two actively serving Italian Navy aircraft carriers (alongside the smaller Giuseppe Garib...
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2012
CNS Liaoning (16)
While at one point aircraft carriers were shunned by the Chinese as a "Western capitalistic venture", the nation has recently...
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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 French Navy. She stands as ...
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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, it selected a conventional...
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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 as a "Command and Projecti...
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2006
FS Tonnere (L0914)
The Tonnerre (L9014) serves as an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier of the modern French Navy. The vessel makes ...
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1985
Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
The Giuseppe Garibaldi is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier in active service with the Italian Navy. She is designed ...
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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 fleet. The Kriegsmarine neve...
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2014
HMAS Canberra (L02)
In the mid-2000s, the Australian government selected a Spanish-based Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship design over a competi...
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1955
HMAS Melbourne (R21)
HMAS Melbourne (R21) was the last aircraft carrier to serve with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She joined HMAS Sydney and ...
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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 War 1 to provide a vital...
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1981
HMS Ark Royal (R07)
HMS Ark Royal (originally to be called HMS Indomitable) represented a fitting addition to British naval power at the end of t...
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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 took its HMS Hermes, a Highf...
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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 Victory and HMS Dreadnough...
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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 seaplane carrier. Originally,...
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1911
Thumbnail picture of the HMS Engadine

1898
Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes

1924
Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (95)

2018
HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
HMS Prince of Wales (R09) has been ordered as the second ship in the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carriers to stock the ...
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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 which will be joined by ...
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1941
HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious was the result of the growing British naval arms movement amidst rising tensions in Europe being spearheaded b...
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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 light aircraft carrier was...
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1927
IJN Akagi
The IJN Akagi was born from a battlecruiser class design consisting of the Akagi and the Amagi. These cruisers were under con...
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1939
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu

1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines...
Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)

1928
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kaga

1945
IJN Shinano
The IJN Shinano served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a large fleet carrier during World War 2. She originally existed a...
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1941
IJN Shokaku
The Shokaku (or "Flying Crane") was the lead ship of a two-strong Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircraft carrier class, this i...
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1937
Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu

1941
IJN Zuikaku
The Japanese fleet carrier Zuikaku ("Lucky Crane") and her sister ship, Shokaku ("Happy Crane") were a two-strong class of mo...
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2013
INS Vikramaditya
The INS Vikramaditya is a new Indian Navy aircraft carrier based on the since disbanded Soviet-era Kiev-class. The former Rus...
Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikramaditya

2019
INS Vikrant
The INS Vikrant is the first indigenous aircraft carrier design being undertaken by the nation of India. It is one of two pla...
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1989
INS Viraat (R22)
The INS Viraat (R22) ("Viraat" meaning "Giant") is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the In...
Thumbnail picture of the INS Viraat (R22)

2020
INS Vishal
The INS Vishal ("Immense") is the second of two new indigenous Indian Navy carrier designs currently under construction (2012...
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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 Sea of Okhotsk to the nort...
Thumbnail picture of the JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)

2011
JDS Ise (DDH-182)
The JDS Ise (DDH-182) serves as a "helicopter destroyer" within the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - otherwise ...
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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 the Japanese Maritime Sel...
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1980
JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to replace the previous JDS Harun...
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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 a through-deck carrier. L...
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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 that western SSBN's would...
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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 aircraft carrier to quickly ...
Thumbnail picture of the Principe de Asturias (R11)

1997
RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
The RTN (Royal Thai Navy) HMTS (His Majesty's Thai Ship) Chakri Naruebet (911) is Thailand's first and only aircraft carrier ...
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1988
Thumbnail picture of the Ulyanovsk

1989
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) became the fifth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in operation with the United ...
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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 carrier that served the U...
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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 2013. As the lead ship i...
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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 operated primarily in the...
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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 United States Navy with the ...
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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 Rio Parana - a river in Sou...
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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 nuclear-powered aircraft carr...
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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 of the war. By far a sup...
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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 aircraft carrier in the worl...
Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

2025
USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
USS Enterprise (CVN-80) forms the third "supercarrier" of the new Gerald Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for ...
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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-class nuclear-powered ai...
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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 States Navy. She represen...
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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 Navy (USN) and represent...
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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 carriers in service with the Uni...
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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 the "Hornet" name. She f...
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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 designed from the new Essex-...
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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 carriers in service with the Uni...
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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 service with the United States ...
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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 nuclear-powered "supercarrie...
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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, undergoing countless exercises an...
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1) (AV-3)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langley had seen prior years of...
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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 inter-war years, supplyin...
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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 identifiable aircraft carr...
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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 built from the keel up. ...
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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 Pacific naval battles of...
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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). "Sara" was actually co...
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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 fifth ship in the United S...
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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 a class they currently a...
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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 during World War 2. She was ...
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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 named after former USN wars...
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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 through some of the more im...
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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 Yorktown (CV-5) was anoth...
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