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Aircraft Carriers

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.

Aircraft Carriers

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.

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The aircraft carrier remains the undisputed capital ship of the high seas today but its evolution stemmed from early testing on the part of Americans and the British in taking off and landing aircraft from the decks of ships. In time, these experiments grew in their complexity until it became viable to land and take-off from moving warships. The early-form aircraft carrier was the 'seaplane tenders' of World War 1 and these were given modest aircraft loadouts. From the combat experience had in The Great War, the warship type was evolved considerably during World War 2 to partake in some of the fiercest naval battles in history. With the advent of nuclear propulsion, the age of the nuclear supercarrier was born and continues today. The United States ranks first in the world with the largest, and most powerful, carrier force though around forty such warships are in service with various operators around the globe - providing a key first-strike element in any dispute.

There are a total of 141 Aircraft Carriers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. This listing also includes Helicopter Carriers and Escort Carriers. Modern aircraft carriers are given a listing all there own here.






#1
1987
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
Admiral Gorshkov (Baku CVHG-103)
Aircraft Carrier / Heavy Cruiser Warship
#2
1991
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
Admiral Kuznetsov (CV Project 1143-5/6)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#3
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Aquila
Aquila
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#4
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ARA Independencia (V-1)
ARA Independencia (V-1)
Light Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#5
1969
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
2000
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
BNS Sao Paulo (A12)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#7
2008
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Cavour (550)
Cavour (550)
Aircraft Carrier
#8
2012
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CNS Liaoning (16)
CNS Liaoning (16)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#9
2020
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CNS Shandong (17) (Type 001A)
CNS Shandong (17) (Type 001A)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#10
2016
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010)
Amphibious Assault Support Ship / Helicopter Carrier
#11
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Bearn
FS Bearn
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#12
2001
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#13
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Clemenceau (R98)
FS Clemenceau (R98)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#14
1963
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Foch (R99)
FS Foch (R99)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#15
1964
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
FS Jeanne d Arc (R97)
Helicopter Carrier
#16
2005
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Mistral (L9013)
FS Mistral (L9013)
Amphibious Assault Ship / Helicopter Carrier
#17
2006
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FS Tonnere (L0914)
FS Tonnere (L0914)
Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Vessel
#18
1985
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#19
2016
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMAS Adelaide (L01)
HMAS Adelaide (L01)
Helicopter Carrier/ Amphibious Assault Ship
#20
2014
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMAS Canberra (L02)
HMAS Canberra (L02)
Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
#21
1955
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMAS Melbourne (R21)
HMAS Melbourne (R21)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#22
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Argus (I49)
HMS Argus (I49)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier / Barracks Ship
#23
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ark Royal (91)
HMS Ark Royal (91)
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#24
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ark Royal (R07)
HMS Ark Royal (R07)
Light Aircraft Carrier
#25
1914
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
HMS Ark Royal / HMS Pegasus
Seaplane Carrier
#26
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Audacity (D10)
HMS Audacity (D10)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#27
1915
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Ben-my-Chree
HMS Ben-my-Chree
Seaplane Carrier Warship
#28
1915
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Campania (1914)
HMS Campania (1914)
Seaplane / Aircraft Carrier
#29
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Eagle
HMS Eagle
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#30
1911
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Engadine
HMS Engadine
Seaplane Tender / Transport Vessel
#31
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Furious (47)
HMS Furious (47)
Battlecruiser Warship / Converted Aircraft Carrier
#32
1898
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Hermes
HMS Hermes
Protected Cruiser / Seaplane Carrier
#33
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Hermes (95)
HMS Hermes (95)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#34
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Hermes (R12)
HMS Hermes (R12)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#35
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Illustrious (R06)
HMS Illustrious (R06)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#36
1980
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Picture of the HMS Invincible (R05)
HMS Invincible (R05)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#37
2020
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
HMS Prince of Wales (R09)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#38
2017
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#39
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Unicorn (I72)
HMS Unicorn (I72)
Maintenance Aircraft Carrier
#40
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Victorious (R38)
HMS Victorious (R38)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#41
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HMS Warrior (R31)
HMS Warrior (R31)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#42
1997
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVS-911)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#43
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Akagi
IJN Akagi
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#44
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Chiyoda
IJN Chiyoda
Seaplane Tender / Light Aircraft Carrier
#45
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Hiryu
IJN Hiryu
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#46
1922
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Hosho
IJN Hosho
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#47
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
Aircraft-Carrying Diesel-Electric Submarine
#48
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Ise
IJN Ise
Dreadnought Battleship / Hybrid Aircraft Carrier
#49
1929
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Kaga
IJN Kaga
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#50
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Mogami
IJN Mogami
Light / Heavy Cruiser Warship / Aircraft Cruiser
#51
1933
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Ryujo
IJN Ryujo
Aircraft Carrier
#52
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shinano
IJN Shinano
Aircraft Carrier
#53
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shoho
IJN Shoho
Converted Light Carrier
#54
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Shokaku
IJN Shokaku
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#55
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Soryu
IJN Soryu
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#56
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Taiho
IJN Taiho
Aircraft Carrier
#57
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Tone
IJN Tone
Light / Heavy Cruiser Warship / Floatplane Carrier
#58
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Zuiho
IJN Zuiho
Converted Light Carrier
#59
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IJN Zuikaku
IJN Zuikaku
Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier
#60
2013
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the INS Vikramaditya (R33)
INS Vikramaditya (R33)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#61
2019
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the INS Vikrant
INS Vikrant
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#62
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the INS Vikrant (R11)
INS Vikrant (R11)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#63
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the INS Viraat (R22)
INS Viraat (R22)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#64
2025
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the INS Vishal
INS Vishal
Aircraft Carrier
#65
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the JS Hyuga (DDH-181)
JS Hyuga (DDH-181)
Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer Warship
#66
2011
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the JS Ise (DDH-182)
JS Ise (DDH-182)
Helicopter Destroyer / Aircraft Carrier
#67
2015
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the JS Izumo (DDH-183)
JS Izumo (DDH-183)
Helicopter Destroyer Warship
#68
1972
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
Kiev (Project 1143 Krechyet)
Heavy Aircraft Carrier
#69
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the KMS Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
KMS Graf Zeppelin (Flugzeugtrager A)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Project
#70
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
Moskva (Project 1123 Kondor)
Helicopter Cruiser Warship
#71
1988
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Principe de Asturias (R11)
Principe de Asturias (R11)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#72
2007
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
#73
2021
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
TCG Anadolu (Anatolia)
Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship
#74
1988
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ulyanovsk
Ulyanovsk
Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
#75
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#76
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS America (CV-66)
USS America (CV-66)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#77
2014
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS America (LHA-6)
USS America (LHA-6)
Amphibious Assault Ship / Helicopter Carrier
#78
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Antietam (CV-36)
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#79
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Attu (CVE-102)
USS Attu (CVE-102)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#80
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116)
USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116)
Conventionally-Powered Escort Aircraft Carrier
#81
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Bogue (CVE-9)
USS Bogue (CVE-9)
Escort Carrier / Aircraft Carrier Warship
#82
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#83
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Cabot (CVL-28)
USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#84
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#85
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Constellation (CV-64)
USS Constellation (CV-64)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#86
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#87
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
Comventilonally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#88
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Dixmude (A-609)
USS Dixmude (A-609)
Aircraft Transport / Escort Carrier
#89
1977
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#90
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#91
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#92
2025
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
USS Enterprise (CVN-80)
Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
#93
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Essex (CV-9)
USS Essex (CV-9)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#94
1955
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Forrestal (CV-59)
USS Forrestal (CV-59)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#95
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Franklin (CV-13)
USS Franklin (CV-13)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#96
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#97
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#98
1992
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS George Washington (CVN-73)
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#99
2017
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
#100
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
Escort Carrier
#101
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hancock (CV-19)
USS Hancock (CV-19)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#102
1998
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#103
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hornet (CV-12)
USS Hornet (CV-12)
Aircraft Carrier
#104
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Hornet (CV-8)
USS Hornet (CV-8)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#105
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Independence (CV-62)
USS Independence (CV-62)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#106
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Independence (CVL-22)
Conventionally-Powered Light Aircraft Carrier
#107
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Intrepid (CV-11)
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#108
1995
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#109
1968
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#110
2020
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier
#111
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
Escort Carrier
#112
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#113
1993
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
Amphibious Assault Support Ship
#114
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63 / CV-63)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#115
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#116
1922
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Langley (CV-1)
USS Langley (CV-1)
Turbo Electrical-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#117
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Langley (CVL-27)
USS Langley (CVL-27)
Conventionall-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#118
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Lexington (CV-2)
USS Lexington (CV-2)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#119
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#120
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Midway (CV-41)
USS Midway (CV-41)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#121
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#122
1950
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Oriskany (CV-34)
USS Oriskany (CV-34)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#123
1905
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4)
Armored Cruiser
#124
1934
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#125
1957
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ranger (CV-61)
USS Ranger (CV-61)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier Warship
#126
2003
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#127
1924
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Sable (IX-81)
USS Sable (IX-81)
Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
#128
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
Light Aircraft Carrier
#129
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Saratoga (CV-3)
Aircraft Carrier
#130
1956
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Saratoga (CV-60)
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Conventional Powered Aircraft Carrier
#131
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#132
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#133
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS St. Lo (CVE-63)
USS St. Lo (CVE-63)
Escort Aircraft Carrier
#134
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#135
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#136
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS United States (CVA-58)
USS United States (CVA-58)
Proposed Coventionally-Powered Bomber Carrier / Supercarrier
#137
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Wasp (CV-7)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#138
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)
USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Amphibious Assault Support Vessel
#139
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Wolverine (IX-64)
USS Wolverine (IX-64)
Aviator Training Aircraft Carrier
#140
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier
#141
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier