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USN Aircraft Carriers - From Origin to Present Day

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/14/2016

The world's most powerful navy is made possible - at least in part - by her many aircraft carriers.





There are a total of (52) United States Navy Aircraft Carriers from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Vessels currently under construction or planned for service are also included in this listing.




2025
USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
USS Enterprise (CVN-80) forms the third "supercarrier" of the new Gerald Ford-class of nuclear-power... [Read More]
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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 nuc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)

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... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the USS America (LHA-6)

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)

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]
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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 carrier... [Read More]
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1993
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
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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 ... [Read More]
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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 o... [Read More]
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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 na... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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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 Uni... [Read More]
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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]
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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 i... [Read More]
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1968
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
The USS John F. Kennedy was part of the Kitty Hawk-class of conventionally-powered vessels in servic... [Read More]
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1965
USS America (CV-66)
The USS America (CV-66 though initially designated as CVA-66) was a conventionally-powered aircraft ... [Read More]
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1961
USS Constellation (CV-64)
The Kitty Hawk-class of conventionally-powered aircraft carriers for the United States Navy (USN) nu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the USS Constellation (CV-64)

1961
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
This modernized version of the World War 2-era aircraft carrier became the first nuclear-powered air... [Read More]
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1961
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
USS Kitty Hawk traveled the world in support of US military actions and relations building, undergoi... [Read More]
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1959
USS Independence (CV-62)
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1957
USS Ranger (CV-61)
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1956
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
The crew called her "Sara" and USS Saratoga (CV-60) was ordered as a "Large Aircraft Carrier", the f... [Read More]
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1955
USS Forrestal (CV-59)
USS Forrestal (CV-59) was ordered on July 12th, 1951 as part of a new generation of American aircraf... [Read More]
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1949
USS United States (CVA-58)
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1945
USS Midway (CV-41)
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1945
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Even before the situation in the European Campaign of World War 2 (1939-1945) had settled, American ... [Read More]
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1944
USS Franklin (CV-13)
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1944
USS Attu (CVE-102)
The USS Attu was an escort aircraft carrier serving with the United States Navy in World War 2. She ... [Read More]
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1944
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
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1943
USS Saint Lo (CVE-63)
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1943
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
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1943
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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1943
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
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1943
USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22) was a conventionally-powered aircraft carrier ordered in the build up to W... [Read More]
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1943
USS Hornet (CV-12)
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1943
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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1943
USS Langley (CVL-27)
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1943
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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1942
USS Essex (CV-9)
With the various post-World War 1 naval treaties no longer enforceable thanks to the withdrawal of n... [Read More]
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1942
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
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1941
USS Hornet (CV-8)
When launched, the USS Hornet (CV-8) became the seventh ship in United States naval history to carry... [Read More]
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1940
USS Dixmude (A-609)
The French escort carrier Dixmude A-609 was built in the United States in 1939 first named as the Ri... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)

1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy dur... [Read More]
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1938
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
The original "Big E", the USS Enterprise of World War 2 fame, became one of the most storied vessels... [Read More]
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1937
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
The United States Navy resurrected the "Yorktown" name several times during its history and the USS ... [Read More]
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1934
USS Ranger (CV-4)
The USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first aircraft carrier for the US Navy to be specifically designed and... [Read More]
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1927
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was identical to her sister (and lead ship of the class) the USS Lexington (CV-2... [Read More]
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1927
USS Lexington (CV-2)
The USS Lexington (CV-2) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) both served the United States Navy well in the ... [Read More]
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1924
USS Sable (IX-81)
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langle... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)

1905
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) formed the lead ship of the six-strong Pennsylvania-class of armored cruise... [Read More]
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