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  • Navy Aircraft Carriers of the World from Origin to Present Day

    Navy Aircraft Carriers of the World from Origin to Present Day

    The British conducted some of the earliest trials involving shipborne aircraft and World War 2 served to solidify the Aircraft Carrier as the undisputed "King of the Seas", a position it still holds today.





    There are a total of (129) Navy Aircraft Carriers of the World from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory (this listing also includes Helicopter Carriers) for their inherent ability to carry multiple aircraft. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator - some nations, lacking the shipbuilding industry to produce large warships, often rely on foreign shipyards to bring carrier projects along.


    Entries are listed below by initial year of service (based on their respective commissioning date) descending.





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    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vishal
    INS Vishal
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
     
    2021
    Thumbnail picture of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
     
    2020
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
    USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
     
    2019
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant
    INS Vikrant
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2018
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
    HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier/ Amphibious Assault Ship
     
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
    ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
    Type: Amphibious Assault Support Ship / Helicopter Carrier
     
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
     
    2015
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Izumo (DDH-183)
    JS Izumo (DDH-183)
    Type: Helicopter Destroyer Warship
     
    2014
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Canberra (L02)
    HMAS Canberra (L02)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
     
    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (LHA-6)
    USS America (LHA-6)
    Type: Amphibious Assault Ship / Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    2012
    Thumbnail picture of the CNS Liaoning (16)
    CNS Liaoning (16)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2011
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Ise (DDH-182)
    JS Ise (DDH-182)
    Type: Helicopter Destroyer / Aircraft Carrier
     
    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Hyuga (DDH-181)
    JS Hyuga (DDH-181)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer Warship
     
    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
    USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
    Type: Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2008
    Thumbnail picture of the Cavour (550)
    Cavour (550)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    2006
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Tonnere (L0914)
    FS Tonnere (L0914)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Vessel
     
    2005
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Mistral (L9013)
    FS Mistral (L9013)
    Type: Amphibious Assault Ship / Helicopter Carrier
     
    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2001
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    2000
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1998
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
    USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1997
    Thumbnail picture of the RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
    RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1995
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
    USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1993
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    Type: Amphibious Assault Ship
     
    1992
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1991
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
    Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Viraat (R22)
    INS Viraat (R22)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
    USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    Type: Amphibious Assault Support Vessel
     
    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Principe de Asturias (R11)
    Principe de Asturias (R11)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Ulyanovsk
    Ulyanovsk
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
     
    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
    Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier / Heavy Cruiser Warship
     
    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1985
    Thumbnail picture of the Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Illustrious (R06)
    HMS Illustrious (R06)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
    USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1981
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Invincible (R05)
    HMS Invincible (R05)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Shirane (DDH-143)
    JS Shirane (DDH-143)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer Warship
     
    1977
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1975
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
    Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
    Type: Heavy Aircraft Carrier
     
    1969
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
    ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1968
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1967
    Thumbnail picture of the Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
    Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
    Type: Helicopter Cruiser Warship
     
    1965
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (CV-66)
    USS America (CV-66)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1964
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
    FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
    Type: Helicopter Carrier
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant (R11)
    INS Vikrant (R11)
    Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Constellation (CV-64)
    USS Constellation (CV-64)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    Type: Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
    USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CV-62)
    USS Independence (CV-62)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (R12)
    HMS Hermes (R12)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Independencia (V-1)
    ARA Independencia (V-1)
    Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1957
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-61)
    USS Ranger (CV-61)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Warship
     
    1956
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    Type: Conventional Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Melbourne (R21)
    HMAS Melbourne (R21)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the USS United States (CVA-58)
    USS United States (CVA-58)
    Type: Proposed Coventionally-Powered Bomber Carrier / Supercarrier
     
    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
    USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Midway (CV-41)
    USS Midway (CV-41)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Warrior (R31)
    HMS Warrior (R31)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shinano
    IJN Shinano
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Taiho
    IJN Taiho
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier Submarine
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Attu (CVE-102)
    USS Attu (CVE-102)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hancock (CV-19)
    USS Hancock (CV-19)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin (CV-13)
    USS Franklin (CV-13)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
    USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
    USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
    USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
    Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
    USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
    USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
    USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
    Type: Comventilonally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
    USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
    Type: Escort Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CVL-22)
    USS Independence (CVL-22)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-12)
    USS Hornet (CV-12)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CVL-27)
    USS Langley (CVL-27)
    Type: Conventionall-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
    USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
    Type: Escort Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Cabot (CVL-28)
    USS Cabot (CVL-28)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Unicorn (I72)
    HMS Unicorn (I72)
    Type: Maintenance Aircraft Carrier
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Essex (CV-9)
    USS Essex (CV-9)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    Type: Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-8)
    USS Hornet (CV-8)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Victorious (R38)
    HMS Victorious (R38)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Audacity (D10)
    HMS Audacity (D10)
    Type: Escort Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Aquila
    Aquila
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shokaku
    IJN Shokaku
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuikaku
    IJN Zuikaku
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuiho
    IJN Zuiho
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)
    USS Dixmude (A-609)
    Type: Aircraft Transport / Escort Carrier
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (CV-7)
    USS Wasp (CV-7)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu
    IJN Hiryu
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Tone
    IJN Tone
    Type: Light / Heavy Cruiser Warship / Floatplane Carrier
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
    Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Project
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (91)
    HMS Ark Royal (91)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu
    IJN Soryu
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-4)
    USS Ranger (CV-4)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1933
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ryujo
    IJN Ryujo
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1928
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kaga
    IJN Kaga
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Bearn
    FS Bearn
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Akagi
    IJN Akagi
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-3)
    USS Saratoga (CV-3)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Lexington (CV-2)
    USS Lexington (CV-2)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Sable (IX-81)
    USS Sable (IX-81)
    Type: Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
     
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (95)
    HMS Hermes (95)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Eagle
    HMS Eagle
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hosho
    IJN Hosho
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)
    USS Langley (CV-1)
    Type: Turbo Electrical-Powered Aircraft Carrier
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Argus (I49)
    HMS Argus (I49)
    Type: Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier / Barracks Ship
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Furious (47)
    HMS Furious (47)
    Type: Aircraft Carrier
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ben-my-Chree
    HMS Ben-my-Chree
    Type: Seaplane Carrier
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Campania (1914)
    HMS Campania (1914)
    Type: Seaplane / Aircraft Carrier
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
    HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
    Type: Seaplane Carrier
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Engadine
    HMS Engadine
    Type: Seaplane Tender / Transport Vessel
     
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
    USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
    Type: Armored Cruiser
     
    1898
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes
    HMS Hermes
    Type: Protected Cruiser / Seaplane Carrier