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    Navy Aircraft Carriers of the World Throughout History

    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 (122) Navy Aircraft Carriers of the World Throughout History in the Military Factory (this listing also includes Helicopter Carriers) for their inherent ability to carry multiple aircraft. Entries are listed below by initial year of service (based on their respective commissioning date) descending. 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.


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    1
    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vishal
    INS Vishal
    2
    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    3
    2021
    Thumbnail picture of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    4
    2020
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
    USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
    5
    2019
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant
    INS Vikrant
    6
    2018
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
    HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
    7
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    8
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    9
    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
    10
    2015
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Izumo (DDH-183)
    JDS Izumo (DDH-183)
    11
    2014
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Canberra (L02)
    HMAS Canberra (L02)
    12
    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (LHA-6)
    USS America (LHA-6)
    13
    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    14
    2012
    Thumbnail picture of the CNS Liaoning (16)
    CNS Liaoning (16)
    15
    2011
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Ise (DDH-182)
    JDS Ise (DDH-182)
    16
    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)
    JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)
    17
    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
    USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
    18
    2008
    Thumbnail picture of the Cavour (550)
    Cavour (550)
    19
    2006
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Tonnere (L0914)
    FS Tonnere (L0914)
    20
    2005
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Mistral (L9013)
    FS Mistral (L9013)
    21
    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
    22
    2001
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    23
    2000
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    24
    1998
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
    USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
    25
    1997
    Thumbnail picture of the RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
    RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
    26
    1995
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
    USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
    27
    1993
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    28
    1992
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    29
    1991
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
    Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
    30
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Viraat (R22)
    INS Viraat (R22)
    31
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
    USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
    32
    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    33
    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Principe de Asturias (R11)
    Principe de Asturias (R11)
    34
    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Ulyanovsk
    Ulyanovsk
    35
    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
    Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
    36
    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    37
    1985
    Thumbnail picture of the Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    38
    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Illustrious (R06)
    HMS Illustrious (R06)
    39
    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
    USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
    40
    1981
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    41
    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Invincible (R05)
    HMS Invincible (R05)
    42
    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
    JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
    43
    1977
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    44
    1975
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    45
    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
    Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
    46
    1969
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
    ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
    47
    1968
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    48
    1967
    Thumbnail picture of the Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
    Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
    49
    1965
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (CV-66)
    USS America (CV-66)
    50
    1964
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
    FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
    51
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Constellation (CV-64)
    USS Constellation (CV-64)
    52
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant (R11)
    INS Vikrant (R11)
    53
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    54
    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
    USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
    55
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CV-62)
    USS Independence (CV-62)
    56
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (R12)
    HMS Hermes (R12)
    57
    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Independencia (V-1)
    ARA Independencia (V-1)
    58
    1957
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-61)
    USS Ranger (CV-61)
    59
    1956
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    60
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    61
    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Melbourne (R21)
    HMAS Melbourne (R21)
    62
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the USS United States (CVA-58)
    USS United States (CVA-58)
    63
    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    64
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shinano
    IJN Shinano
    65
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Warrior (R31)
    HMS Warrior (R31)
    66
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Midway (CV-41)
    USS Midway (CV-41)
    67
    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    68
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin (CV-13)
    USS Franklin (CV-13)
    69
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    70
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    71
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    72
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Taiho
    IJN Taiho
    73
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Attu (CVE-102)
    USS Attu (CVE-102)
    74
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    75
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Cabot (CVL-28)
    USS Cabot (CVL-28)
    76
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
    USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
    77
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
    USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
    78
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
    USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
    79
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-12)
    USS Hornet (CV-12)
    80
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
    USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
    81
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
    USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
    82
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CVL-27)
    USS Langley (CVL-27)
    83
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CVL-22)
    USS Independence (CVL-22)
    84
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    85
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
    USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
    86
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Essex (CV-9)
    USS Essex (CV-9)
    87
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    88
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-8)
    USS Hornet (CV-8)
    89
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuikaku
    IJN Zuikaku
    90
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shokaku
    IJN Shokaku
    91
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Audacity (D10)
    HMS Audacity (D10)
    92
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Victorious (R38)
    HMS Victorious (R38)
    93
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Aquila
    Aquila
    94
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuiho
    IJN Zuiho
    95
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)
    USS Dixmude (A-609)
    96
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (CV-7)
    USS Wasp (CV-7)
    97
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu
    IJN Hiryu
    98
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
    Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
    99
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (91)
    HMS Ark Royal (91)
    100
    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    101
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    102
    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu
    IJN Soryu
    103
    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-4)
    USS Ranger (CV-4)
    104
    1933
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ryujo
    IJN Ryujo
    105
    1928
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kaga
    IJN Kaga
    106
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Bearn
    FS Bearn
    107
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Akagi
    IJN Akagi
    108
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Lexington (CV-2)
    USS Lexington (CV-2)
    109
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-3)
    USS Saratoga (CV-3)
    110
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Sable (IX-81)
    USS Sable (IX-81)
    111
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (95)
    HMS Hermes (95)
    112
    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Eagle
    HMS Eagle
    113
    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hosho
    IJN Hosho
    114
    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)
    USS Langley (CV-1)
    115
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Argus (I49)
    HMS Argus (I49)
    116
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Furious (47)
    HMS Furious (47)
    117
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ben-my-Chree
    HMS Ben-my-Chree
    118
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Campania (1914)
    HMS Campania (1914)
    119
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
    HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
    120
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Engadine
    HMS Engadine
    121
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
    USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
    122
    1898
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes
    HMS Hermes