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USN Aircraft Carriers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/25/2014

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

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There are a total of 45 USN Aircraft Carriers in the Military Factory. 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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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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2003
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
The USS Ronald Reagan is the ninth vessel in the ten-strong Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers beginning with the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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 service with the United States ...
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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 carrier that served the U...
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1961
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
This modernized version of the World War 2-era aircraft carrier became the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the worl...
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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, undergoing countless exercises an...
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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 fifth ship in the United S...
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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 operated primarily in the...
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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 the "Hornet" name. She f...
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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 Rio Parana - a river in Sou...
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1940
USS Wasp (CV-7)
The USS Wasp (CV-7) was a conventionally aircraft carrier in service with the United States Navy during World War 2. She was ...
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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 of the war. By far a sup...
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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 Yorktown (CV-5) was anoth...
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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 built from the keel up. ...
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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 inter-war years, supplyin...
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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). "Sara" was actually co...
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1922
USS Langley (CV-1) (AV-3)
The USS Langley (CV-1) was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier. The hull of the Langley had seen prior years of...
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