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    Modern Aircraft Carriers of the World

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/8/2016

    Control of the seas still remains one of the more important tasks of a strong navy, even today.





    There are a total of (42) Modern Aircraft Carriers of the World in the Military Factory (this listing also includes Helicopter Carriers). Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes future systems under consideration or development.




    2025
    INS Vishal
    The INS Vishal ("Immense") is the second of two new indigenous Indian Navy carrier designs currently... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vishal

    2025
    USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-80) forms the third "supercarrier" of the new Gerald Ford-class of nuclear-power... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

    2021
    TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
    It was revealed in January of 2016 that Ankara is readying itself for its first-ever, homegrown airc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)

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

    2019
    INS Vikrant
    The INS Vikrant is the first indigenous aircraft carrier design being undertaken by the nation of In... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikrant

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

    2016
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
    The HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) aircraft carrier heads the new, two-strong Queen Elizabeth-class group... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

    2016
    HMAS Adelaide (L01)
    HMAS Adelaide (L01) is the second of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warships being readied for se... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Adelaide (L01)

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

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Izumo (DDH-183)

    2014
    HMAS Canberra (L02)
    In the mid-2000s, the Australian government selected a Spanish-based Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) s... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMAS Canberra (L02)

    2013
    INS Vikramaditya (R33)
    The INS Vikramaditya is a new Indian Navy aircraft carrier based on the since disbanded Soviet-era K... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Vikramaditya (R33)

    2013
    USS America (LHA-6)
    The USS America is slated to replace the Tarawa-class of ships and achieve operational capability in... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS America (LHA-6)

    2012
    CNS Liaoning (16)
    While at one point aircraft carriers were shunned by the Chinese as a "Western capitalistic venture"... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the CNS Liaoning (16)

    2011
    JDS Ise (DDH-182)
    The JDS Ise (DDH-182) serves as a "helicopter destroyer" within the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense F... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Ise (DDH-182)

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

    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]
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)

    2008
    Cavour (550)
    The Conte di Cavour (550) is one of two actively serving Italian Navy aircraft carriers (alongside t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cavour (550)

    2006
    FS Tonnere (L0914)
    The Tonnerre (L9014) serves as an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier of the modern Frenc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Tonnere (L0914)

    2005
    FS Mistral (L9013)
    The FS Mistral is one of the primary amphibious assault ships of the French Navy (also categorized a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Mistral (L9013)

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

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

    2000
    BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
    In early 2014, Brazil remains the sole South American nation to field an active aircraft carrier (Ar... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Sao Paulo (A12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1989
    INS Viraat (R22)
    The INS Viraat (R22) ("Viraat" meaning "Giant") is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier current... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the INS Viraat (R22)

    1989
    USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    Vessels of the "Landing Helicopter Dock" (LHD) amphibious assault ship program of the US Navy are na... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)

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

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

    1985
    Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
    The Giuseppe Garibaldi is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier in active service with the Itali... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)

    1982
    HMS Illustrious (R06)
    During World War 2 (1939-1945), the aircraft carrier became the new symbol of power concerning high ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Illustrious (R06)

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

    1981
    HMS Ark Royal (R07)
    HMS Ark Royal (originally to be called HMS Indomitable) represented a fitting addition to British na... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (R07)

    1980
    HMS Invincible (R05)
    HMS Illustrious served the British Royal Navy for several decades before seeing decommissioning. The... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Invincible (R05)

    1980
    JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
    The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to repla... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the JDS Shirane (DDH-143)

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

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