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    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 (123) 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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    I
     1 


    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vishal

    INS Vishal
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     2 


    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

    USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
    T
     3 


    2021
    Thumbnail picture of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)

    TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
    U
     4 


    2020
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)

    USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
    Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
    I
     5 


    2019
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant

    INS Vikrant
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     6 


    2018
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Prince of Wales (R09)

    HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     7 


    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     8 


    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Adelaide (L01)

    HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    Helicopter Carrier/ Amphibious Assault Ship
    U
     9 


    2016
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)

    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
    Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
    J
     10 


    2015
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Izumo (DDH-183)

    JS Izumo (DDH-183)
    Helicopter Destroyer Warship
    H
     11 


    2014
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Canberra (L02)

    HMAS Canberra (L02)
    Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
    U
     12 


    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (LHA-6)

    USS America (LHA-6)
    Amphibious Assault Ship / Light Aircraft Carrier
    I
     13 


    2013
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikramaditya (R33)

    INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    C
     14 


    2012
    Thumbnail picture of the CNS Liaoning (16)

    CNS Liaoning (16)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    J
     15 


    2011
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Ise (DDH-182)

    JS Ise (DDH-182)
    Helicopter Destroyer / Aircraft Carrier
    J
     16 


    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Hyuga (DDH-181)

    JS Hyuga (DDH-181)
    Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer Warship
    U
     17 


    2009
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

    USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
    Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier
    C
     18 


    2008
    Thumbnail picture of the Cavour (550)

    Cavour (550)
    Aircraft Carrier
    F
     19 


    2006
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Tonnere (L0914)

    FS Tonnere (L0914)
    Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Vessel
    F
     20 


    2005
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Mistral (L9013)

    FS Mistral (L9013)
    Amphibious Assault Ship / Helicopter Carrier
    U
     21 


    2003
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    F
     22 


    2001
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)

    FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    B
     23 


    2000
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Sao Paulo (A12)

    BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     24 


    1998
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)

    USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    R
     25 


    1997
    Thumbnail picture of the RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)

    RTN Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     26 


    1995
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

    USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     27 


    1993
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)

    USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    Amphibious Assault Ship
    U
     28 


    1992
    Thumbnail picture of the USS George Washington (CVN-73)

    USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    A
     29 


    1991
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)

    Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     30 


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Viraat (R22)

    INS Viraat (R22)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     31 


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

    USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     32 


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)

    USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    Amphibious Assault Support Vessel
    P
     33 


    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Principe de Asturias (R11)

    Principe de Asturias (R11)
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     34 


    1988
    Thumbnail picture of the Ulyanovsk

    Ulyanovsk
    Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
    A
     35 


    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)

    Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
    Aircraft Carrier / Heavy Cruiser Warship
    U
     36 


    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    G
     37 


    1985
    Thumbnail picture of the Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)

    Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     38 


    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Illustrious (R06)

    HMS Illustrious (R06)
    Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
    U
     39 


    1982
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

    USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     40 


    1981
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (R07)

    HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    Light Aircraft Carrier
    H
     41 


    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Invincible (R05)

    HMS Invincible (R05)
    Conventionally-Powered LIght Aircraft Carrier
    J
     42 


    1980
    Thumbnail picture of the JS Shirane (DDH-143)

    JS Shirane (DDH-143)
    Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer Warship
    U
     43 


    1977
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     44 


    1975
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

    USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    K
     45 


    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)

    Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
    Heavy Aircraft Carrier
    A
     46 


    1969
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)

    ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     47 


    1968
    Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)

    USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    M
     48 


    1967
    Thumbnail picture of the Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)

    Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
    Helicopter Cruiser
    U
     49 


    1965
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (CV-66)

    USS America (CV-66)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    F
     50 


    1964
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)

    FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
    Helicopter Carrier
    U
     51 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Constellation (CV-64)

    USS Constellation (CV-64)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     52 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant (R11)

    INS Vikrant (R11)
    Light Aircraft Carrier
    U
     53 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     54 


    1961
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)

    USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     55 


    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CV-62)

    USS Independence (CV-62)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     56 


    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (R12)

    HMS Hermes (R12)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    A
     57 


    1959
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Independencia (V-1)

    ARA Independencia (V-1)
    Light Aircraft Carrier
    U
     58 


    1957
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-61)

    USS Ranger (CV-61)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Warship
    U
     59 


    1956
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-60)

    USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    Conventional Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     60 


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Forrestal (CV-59)

    USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     61 


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Melbourne (R21)

    HMAS Melbourne (R21)
    Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
    U
     62 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the USS United States (CVA-58)

    USS United States (CVA-58)
    Proposed Coventionally-Powered Bomber Carrier / Supercarrier
    U
     63 


    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Coral Sea (CV-43)

    USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     64 


    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33)

    USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     65 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Midway (CV-41)

    USS Midway (CV-41)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     66 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)

    USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     67 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shinano

    IJN Shinano
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     68 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Warrior (R31)

    HMS Warrior (R31)
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     69 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Taiho

    IJN Taiho
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     70 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)

    IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    Submarine Aircraft Carrier
    U
     71 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Attu (CVE-102)

    USS Attu (CVE-102)
    Escort Aircraft Carrier
    U
     72 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)

    USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     73 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Franklin (CV-13)

    USS Franklin (CV-13)
    Escort Aircraft Carrier
    U
     74 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Shangri-La (CV-38)

    USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     75 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)

    USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     76 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)

    USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
    Escort Aircraft Carrier
    U
     77 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)

    USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
    Light Aircraft Carrier
    U
     78 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)

    USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     79 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-12)

    USS Hornet (CV-12)
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     80 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)

    USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
    Escort Carrier
    U
     81 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)

    USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
    Escort Aircraft Carrier
    U
     82 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CVL-27)

    USS Langley (CVL-27)
    Conventionall-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     83 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Independence (CVL-22)

    USS Independence (CVL-22)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     84 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Intrepid (CV-11)

    USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     85 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)

    USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
    Escort Carrier
    U
     86 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Cabot (CVL-28)

    USS Cabot (CVL-28)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     87 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Essex (CV-9)

    USS Essex (CV-9)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     88 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wolverine (IX-64)

    USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
    U
     89 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Hornet (CV-8)

    USS Hornet (CV-8)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     90 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Shokaku

    IJN Shokaku
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     91 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuikaku

    IJN Zuikaku
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     92 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Victorious (R38)

    HMS Victorious (R38)
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     93 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Audacity (D10)

    HMS Audacity (D10)
    Escort Aircraft Carrier
    A
     94 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Aquila

    Aquila
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     95 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Zuiho

    IJN Zuiho
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     96 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)

    USS Dixmude (A-609)
    Aircraft Transport / Escort Carrier
    U
     97 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (CV-7)

    USS Wasp (CV-7)
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     98 


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiryu

    IJN Hiryu
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     99 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (91)

    HMS Ark Royal (91)
    Aircraft Carrier
    G
     100 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)

    Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Project
    U
     101 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)

    USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     102 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)

    USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     103 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Soryu

    IJN Soryu
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     104 


    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Ranger (CV-4)

    USS Ranger (CV-4)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     105 


    1933
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Ryujo

    IJN Ryujo
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     106 


    1928
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kaga

    IJN Kaga
    Aircraft Carrier
    I
     107 


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Akagi

    IJN Akagi
    Aircraft Carrier
    F
     108 


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Bearn

    FS Bearn
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    U
     109 


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Lexington (CV-2)

    USS Lexington (CV-2)
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     110 


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-3)

    USS Saratoga (CV-3)
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     111 


    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Sable (IX-81)

    USS Sable (IX-81)
    Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
    H
     112 


    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Eagle

    HMS Eagle
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     113 


    1924
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes (95)

    HMS Hermes (95)
    Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    I
     114 


    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hosho

    IJN Hosho
    Aircraft Carrier
    U
     115 


    1922
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)

    USS Langley (CV-1)
    Turbo Electrical-Powered Aircraft Carrier
    H
     116 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Argus (I49)

    HMS Argus (I49)
    Aircraft Carrier / Barracks Ship
    H
     117 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Furious (47)

    HMS Furious (47)
    Aircraft Carrier
    H
     118 


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ben-my-Chree

    HMS Ben-my-Chree
    Seaplane Carrier
    H
     119 


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Campania (1914)

    HMS Campania (1914)
    Seaplane / Aircraft Carrier
    H
     120 


    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus

    HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
    Seaplane Carrier
    H
     121 


    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Engadine

    HMS Engadine
    Seaplane Tender / Transport Vessel
    U
     122 


    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)

    USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
    Armored Cruiser
    H
     123 


    1898
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hermes

    HMS Hermes
    Protected Cruiser / Seaplane Carrier