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Modern Aircraft Carriers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/23/2014

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

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There are a total of 39 Modern Aircraft Carriers 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.




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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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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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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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...
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 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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1989
INS Viraat (R22)
The INS Viraat (R22) ("Viraat" meaning "Giant") is a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier currently in service with the In...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1980
JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to replace the previous JDS Harun...
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 nuclear-powered aircraft carr...
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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...
Thumbnail picture of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)