List of aircraft carriers

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An aircraft carrier is a warship with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft, that serves as a seagoing airbase.

The list of aircraft carriers contains aircraft carriers listed alphabetically by name. All USS aircraft carriers listed as "Ticonderoga class" are noted but are officially part of the Essex class as the United States Navy never officially recognized it as a distinct class.

Data for Japanese carriers from:Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War[1]

Name Service Pennant
#
Class Type Service
period
Notes
Abraham Lincoln  US Navy CV-72CVN-72 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1989–Current 104,112 tons
Acavus  Royal Navy MAC 1 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service.
Activity  Royal Navy D94 Escort Carrier 1942–1945 Freighter MV Telemachus converted during construction. later MV Breconshire
Admiralty Islands  US Navy CVE-099CVE-99 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Adula  Merchant Navy MAC 2 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1944–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service.
Africa  Royal Navy Audacious/
Malta
Fleet Carrier n/a Audacious-class carrier ordered 1943, changed to Malta-class carrier 1944, cancelled 1945.
Akagi  IJN Akagi Fleet Carrier 1927–1942 Converted Amagi-class battlecruiser, Sunk 4 June 1942 at Midway
Akitsu Maru  IJA landing craft carrier 1942–1944 Couldn't land aircraft; sunk November 1944 by sub
Albatross  RAN Seaplane tender 1929–1933 To Royal Navy 1933–1945. Sold for commercial use 1946, scrapped 1954
Albion  Royal Navy R07 Centaur Fleet Carrier 1954–1962 Converted to commando carrier in 1962, sold 1973
Alexia  Merchant Navy MAC 3 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Altamaha  US Navy CVE-006CVE-6 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942-1942 Became HMS Battler (D18)
Altamaha  US Navy CVE-018CVE-18 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Scrapped 1961
Amagi  IJN Akagi Fleet Carrier n/a battlecruiser conversion scrapped after 1923 Great Kantō earthquake damage
Amagi  IJN Unryū Light Fleet Carrier 1944–1945 Sunk 29 July 1945 by aircraft
Amastra  Merchant Navy MAC 4 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Ameer  Royal Navy D01 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Baffins
America  US Navy CV-66 Kitty Hawk Supercarrier 1965–1996 84,914 tons
Ancylus  Merchant Navy MAC 5 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Andrea Doria  Marina Militare STOVL Aircraft Carrier n/a [notes 3]
Answald  Kaiserliche Marine FS I Aircraft mothership[notes 4] 1915–1919 [notes 5]
Antietam  US Navy CV-36 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1945–1963 1st carrier modified with angled flight deck, 1952.
Anzio  US Navy CVE-057CVE-57 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Coral Sea, renamed to reuse name for CV-43.
Aquila  Marina Militare Fleet Carrier n/a Liner SS Roma 1941–1943 conversion never completed, scrapped 1950s
Arbiter  Royal Navy D31 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS St. Simon
Archer  US Navy BAVG-1 Long Island Escort Carrier n/a Converted cargo ship Mormacland, directly to Royal Navy as HMS Archer (D78)
Archer  Royal Navy D78 Long Island Escort Carrier 1941–1943 Ex-USS Archer. Aircraft ferry Empire Lagan with MoWT in 1945. Returned to US 1946
Argus  Royal Navy I49 Fleet Carrier 1918–1929 Converted ocean liner. In reserve 1929–1938. Accommodation ship after December 1944.
Ark Royal  Royal Navy Seaplane Tender 1914–1944 Renamed HMS Pegasus in 1934, aircraft transport and other roles after 1918
Ark Royal  Royal Navy 09191 Fleet Carrier 1939–1941 Sunk by U-81 on 13 November 1941
Ark Royal  Royal Navy R09 Audacious Fleet Carrier 1955–1978 1st carrier commissioned with angled deck.
Ark Royal  Royal Navy R07 Invincible STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1985–2011 22,000 tons
Arromanches  French Navy R95 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1974 Ex-HMS Colossus, loaned (later sold) to France
Aso  IJN Unryū Light Fleet Carrier n/a Launched in 1944, not completed, scrapped
Atheling  Royal Navy D51 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Glacier
Attacker  Royal Navy D02 Attacker Escort Carrier 1942–1946 ex-USS Barnes, returned to US
Attu  US Navy CVE-102CVE-102 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Audacity  Royal Navy D10 Escort Carrier 1941-1941 Converted captured German merchant ship Hannover, sunk by U-751
Avenger  Royal Navy D14 Avenger Escort Carrier 1942-1942 Sunk 15 November 1942 by U-155
Badoeng Strait  US Navy CVE-116CVE-116 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1957
Baffins  US Navy CVE-035CVE-35 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1943 Became HMS Ameer
Bairoko  US Navy CVE-115 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1955 Was in reserve
Baku  Soviet Navy 103 Kiev Aircraft cruiser 1982–1990 [notes 6] 42,000 tons
Barnes  US Navy CVE-007CVE-7 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942-1942 Became HMS Attacker, 14,400 tons
Barnes  US Navy CVE-020CVE-20 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Primarily used as aircraft transport
Bastian  US Navy CVE-037CVE-37 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942-1942 Became HMS Trumpeter
Bastogne  US Navy CVE-124 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Laid down 1945, cancelled before launch
Bataan  US Navy CV-29CVL-29 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1954 11,000 tons
Battler  Royal Navy D18 Attacker Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Ex-Altamaha. Returned to US. 14,400 tons
Béarn  French Navy Fleet Carrier 1927–1948 Converted Normandie-class battleship
Begum  Royal Navy D38 Ruler Escort Carrier 1944–1946 Ex-USS Bolinas
Belleau Wood  US Navy CV-24CVL-24 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1947 To France as Bois Belleau, 11,000 tons
Ben-my-Chree  Royal Navy seaplane carrier 1915–1917 Sunk 9 January 1917 by Turkish artillery
Bennington  US Navy CV-20 Essex Fleet Carrier 1944–1970 27,100 tons
Bismarck Sea  US Navy CVE-095CVE-95 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1945 Sunk 21 February 1945 by kamikaze attack off Iwo Jima
Biter  Royal Navy D97 Avenger Escort Carrier 1940–1945 To France as Dixmude
Block Island  US Navy CVE-021CVE-21 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Sunk 29 May 1944 by U-549
Block Island  US Navy CVE-106 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1944–1954
Bogue  US Navy CVE-009CVE-9 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Stored until scrapped 1960
Bois Belleau  French Navy R97 Independence Light Carrier 1953–1960 Ex-USS Belleau Wood, scrapped, 11,000 tons
Bolinas  US Navy CVE-036CVE-36 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Begum
Bon Homme Richard  US Navy CV-31 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1971 27,100 tons
Bonaventure  Royal Canadian Navy CVL-22 Majestic Light Carrier 1957–1970 Ex-incomplete HMS Powerful, scrapped 1971.
Bougainville  US Navy CVE-100CVE-100 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Boxer  US Navy CV-21 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1945–1969 27,100 tons
Breton  US Navy CVE-010CVE-10 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Chaser
Breton  US Navy CVE-023CVE-23 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Aircraft transport until 1970
Bulwark  Royal Navy R08 Centaur Fleet carrier 1954–1981 Converted to commando carrier 1960
Bunker Hill  US Navy CV-17 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1947 27,100 tons
Cabot  US Navy CV-28CVL-28 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1955 To Spain as Dédalo, 11,000 tons
Campania  Royal Navy Aircraft carrier/
seaplane tender
1915–1918 Converted ocean liner RMS Campania, sunk after collision 5 November 1918
Campania  Royal Navy D48 Nairana Escort Carrier 1944–1952 Command ship for 1st British atomic bomb test
Campinas  French Navy Seaplane tender 1916–? Converted merchant ship
Cape Esperance  US Navy CVE-088CVE-88 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1959
Cape Gloucester  US Navy CVE-109CVE-109 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1946 Helicopter carrier from 1955 and for other uses after 1959.
Card  US Navy CVE-011CVE-11 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Aircraft transport until 1970
Carl Vinson  US Navy CV-70CVN-70 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1982–Current 104,000 tons
Carnegie  US Navy CVE-038CVE-38 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Empress
Casablanca  US Navy CVE-055CVE-55 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Cavour  Marina Militare 550 STOVL Aircraft Carrier 2008–Current [notes 3]
Chakri Naruebet  Royal Thai Navy 911 Príncipe de Asturias STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1997–Current
Charger  US Navy CVE-030CVE-30 Charger Escort Carrier 1942–1946
Charles De Gaulle  French Navy R91 Fleet Carrier[notes 1] 2001–Current 42,000 tons
Chaser  Royal Navy D32 Attacker Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Breton, returned to US and converted to cargo ship.
Chatham  US Navy CVE-032CVE-32 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Slinger
Chenango  US Navy CVE-028CVE-28 Sangamon Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Converted Cimarron-class oiler
Chigusa Maru  IJA Escort Carrier n/a Converted oiler launched 1944, not completed, became cargo ship 1949.
Chitose  IJN Chitose Seaplane tender/
Light Carrier
1938–1944 Converted to light carrier 1942–1944, Sunk 25 October 1944 off Leyte Gulf.
Chiyoda  IJN Chitose Seaplane Tender/
Light Carrier
1938–1944 Converted 1943, Sunk 25 October 1944 off Leyte Gulf.
Chuyo  IJN Taiyō Escort Carrier 1942–1943 Converted from Nitta Maru, Sunk by sub 4 December 1943
Clemenceau  French Navy R98 Clemenceau Fleet Carrier 1961–1997 32,780 tons
Colossus  Royal Navy R15 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1944–1946 Loaned (later sold) to France as Arromanches
Commandant Teste  French Navy Seaplane tender/
aircraft transport
1932–1942 Decommissioned
Commencement Bay  US Navy CVE-105CVE-105 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1944–1946 Training ship, reclassified as helicopter carrier, scrapped after 1971
Constellation  US Navy CV-64 Kitty Hawk Supercarrier 1961–2003
Copahee  US Navy CVE-012CVE-12 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946
Coral Sea  US Navy CVE-057CVE-57 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Became USS Anzio to re-use the name for CV-43.
Coral Sea  US Navy CV-43CVB-43 Midway Fleet Carrier 1947–1990
Cordova  US Navy CVE-039CVE-39 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Khedive
Core  US Navy CVE-013CVE-13 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946
Corregidor  US Navy CVE-058CVE-58 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1958 Stored from 1946–1951
Courageous  Royal Navy 05050 Courageous Fleet Carrier 1928–1939 Converted battlecruiser. Sunk by U-29, 17 September 1939
Cowpens  US Navy CV-25CVL-25 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1947 11,000 tons
Croatan  US Navy CVE-014CVE-14 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Fencer
Croatan  US Navy CVE-025CVE-25 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Dasher  Royal Navy D37 Avenger Escort Carrier 1942–1943 Sunk 27 March 1943 following explosion of unknown cause.
Dédalo  Spanish Navy Seaplane Tender 1918–1936 Ex-German merchantman Neuenfels converted to a Seaplane Tender, scrapped 1940
Dédalo  Spanish Navy Independence Light Carrier 1967–1989 Ex-USS Cabot, Scrapped 2002, 11,000 tons
Delgada  US Navy CVE-040CVE-40 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Speaker
Dixmude  French Navy Charger Escort Carrier 1945–1966 ex-HMS Biter
Dristigheten  Swedish Navy Seaplane Tender 1928–1947 Converted coastal defence ship, 2,270 tons
Duke of Edinburgh  Royal Navy CVA-01 Fleet carrier n/a Planned 1960s fleet carrier, but never ordered.
Dwight D. Eisenhower  US Navy CV-69CVN-69 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1977–Current 104,000 tons
Eagle  Royal Navy 09494 Fleet Carrier 1924–1942 converted Ex-Chilean Almirante Latorre-class battleship. Sunk by U-73, 11 August 1942
Eagle  Royal Navy R05 Audacious Fleet Carrier 1951–1972
Edisto  US Navy CVE-041CVE-41 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Nabob
Emperor  Royal Navy D98 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Pybus
Empire MacAlpine  Merchant Navy MH Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empire MacAndrew  Merchant Navy MK Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empire MacCabe  Merchant Navy ML Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Empire MacCallum  Merchant Navy MN Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empire MacColl  Merchant Navy MB Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Empire MacDermott  Merchant Navy MS Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1944–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empire MacKay  Merchant Navy MH Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Empire MacKendrick  Merchant Navy MO Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empire MacMahon  Merchant Navy MJ Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Empire MacRae  Merchant Navy MU Empire Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1943–1945 [notes 7] returned to commercial service
Empress  Royal Navy D42 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Carnegie
Eniwetok  US Navy CVE-125CVE-125 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Keel laid April 1945, cancelled before launch
Enterprise  US Navy CV-06CV-6 Yorktown Fleet Carrier 1938–1947
Enterprise  US Navy CV-65CVN-65 Enterprise Supercarrier[notes 1] 1961–2012 1st nuclear-powered carrier
Enterprise  US Navy CV-80CVN-80 Gerald R. Ford Supercarrier[notes 1] n/a Commissioning 2025.
Essex  US Navy CV-09CV-9 Essex Fleet Carrier 1942–1969
Estero  US Navy CVE-042CVE-42 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Premier
Europa  Kriegsmarine Aircraft carrier n/a Cancelled conversion of ocean liner
Europa  Marina Militare Seaplane tender 1915–1920 Converted merchantman
Fanshaw Bay  US Navy CVE-070CVE-70 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Fencer  Royal Navy D64 Attacker Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Croatan
Flugzeugträger B  Kriegsmarine Graf Zeppelin Fleet Carrier n/a Started 1938, cancelled 1939, scrapped 1940
Foch  French Navy R99 Clemenceau Fleet Carrier 1963–2000 sold to Brazil as São Paulo
Formidable  Royal Navy 06767 Illustrious Fleet Carrier 1940–1947
Forrestal  US Navy CV-59 Forrestal Supercarrier 1955–1993 First supercarrier
Foudre  French Navy Seaplane carrier 1912–1921 First seaplane carrier
Franklin  US Navy CV-13 Essex Fleet Carrier 1944–1947 Badly damaged March 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt  US Navy CV-42CVB-42 Midway Fleet Carrier 1945–1977
Furious  Royal Navy 04747 Courageous Fleet Carrier 1917–1945 Converted battlecruiser, scrapped 1948
Gadila  Merchant Navy MAC 6 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1944–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Gambier Bay  US Navy CVE-073CVE-73 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Sunk by Japanese gunfire at Battle of Leyte Gulf 25 October 1944
George H.W. Bush  US Navy CV-77CVN-77 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 2009–Current 104,000 tons
George Washington  US Navy CV-73CVN-73 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1992–Current 104,000 tons
Gerald R. Ford  US Navy CV-78CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford Supercarrier[notes 1] n/a Under construction, commissioning in 2016 (Tentative)
Gibraltar  Royal Navy D68 Malta Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled 5 November 1945
Gilbert Islands  US Navy CVE-107CVE-107 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1955 Converted to communication relay ship USS Annapolis
Giuseppe Garibaldi  Marina Militare 551 STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1983–Current
Giuseppe Miraglia  Marina Militare Seaplane tender 1923–1950 Scrapped
Glacier  US Navy CVE-033CVE-33 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Atheling
Glorious  Royal Navy 07777 Courageous Fleet Carrier 1930–1940 Converted battlecruiser. Sunk by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau 8 June 1940
Glory  Royal Navy R62 Colossus Light Fleet Carrier 1943–1956 Placed in reserve, scrapped 1961
Gorshkov[notes 8]  Russian Navy Kiev Fleet Carrier 1987–1996 [notes 6] 44,490 tons
Gotland  Swedish Navy Seaplane cruiser 1934–1944 4,600 ton seaplane tender. AA cruiser from 1944. Scrapped 1963
Graf Zeppelin  Kriegsmarine Graf Zeppelin Fleet Carrier n/a Launched 1938, hulk captured by USSR April 1945, sunk as target 1947
Guadalcanal  US Navy CVE-060CVE-60 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Captured U-505, 7,800 tons
Hamlin  US Navy CVE-015CVE-15 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942-1942 Became HMS Stalker
Hancock  US Navy CV-19 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1944–1976 27,100 tons
Harry S. Truman  US Navy CV-75CVN-75 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1998–Current 104,000 tons
Hermes  Royal Navy 09595 Fleet Carrier 1924–1942 1st purpose built carrier launched. Sunk 9 April 1942 by Japanese aircraft, 10,850 tons
Hermes  Royal Navy R12 Centaur Fleet Carrier 1959–1984 to India as INS Viraat
Hiryū  IJN Fleet Carrier 1939–1942 Sunk at Midway
Hiyō  IJN Hiyō Fleet Carrier 1942–1944 Converted from Izumo Maru, sunk at Battle of the Philippine Sea
Hoggatt Bay  US Navy CVE-075CVE-75 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Hollandia  US Navy CVE-097CVE-97 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1947
Hornet  US Navy CV-08CV-8 Yorktown Fleet Carrier 1941–1942 Sunk in Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. 25,600 tons
Hornet  US Navy CV-12 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1970 Museum at Alameda, CA. 27,100 tons
Hōshō  IJN Fleet Carrier 1922–1946 Repatriated Japanese POWs, then scrapped
Hunter  Royal Navy D80 Attacker Escort Carrier 1943–1945
Hyūga  IJN Battleship seaplane carrier 1943–1945 Converted to launch up to 22 aircraft. Run aground 28 July 1945
I-13  IJN I-13 I-13 Submarine aircraft carrier 1944–1945 sunk by carrier aircraft 16 July 1945
I-14  IJN I-14 I-13 Submarine aircraft carrier 1945–1946 Sunk as target ship 28 May 1946
I-15  IJN I-15 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1940–1942 sunk 2 November 1942 by USS McCalla
I-17  IJN I-17 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1943 Sunk 19 August 1943
I-19  IJN I-19 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1943 sunk by USS Radford 25 November 1943
I-21  IJN I-21 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1943 Disappeared
I-23  IJN I-23 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1942 Disappeared
I-25  IJN I-25 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1943 Only bombing attack on mainland US during war. Sunk by USS Patterson 25 August 1943.
I-26  IJN I-26 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1941–1944 Sunk by destroyer, 26 October 1944
I-27  IJN I-27 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1944 Sunk by destroyers 12 February 1944 after sinking SS Khedive Ismail
I-28  IJN I-28 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942-1942 Sunk by sub on 17 May 1942.
I-29  IJN I-29 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1944 Sunk by sub 26 July 1944
I-30  IJN I-30 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942-1942 Sunk after hitting mine 13 October 1942
I-31  IJN I-31 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1943 Sunk by destroyers 12 May 1943
I-32  IJN I-32 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1944 Sunk 24 March 1944
I-33  IJN I-33 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1944-1944 Sunk during sea trials
I-34  IJN I-34 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1943 Sunk by sub 13 November 1943
I-35  IJN I-35 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1943 Sunk by destroyers on 23 November 1943
I-36  IJN I-36 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1942–1946 Scuttled by US Navy
I-37  IJN I-37 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1943–1944 Sunk by destroyers on 19 November 1944
I-38  IJN I-38 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1943–1944 Sunk by USS Nicholas 12 November 1944.
I-39  IJN I-39 I-15 Submarine aircraft carrier 1943-1943 Sunk by sub 26 November 1943
I-400  IJN I-400 I-400 Submarine aircraft carrier 1944–1946 Sunk as target ship 4 June 1946
I-401  IJN I-401 I-400 Submarine aircraft carrier 1945–1946 Sunk as target ship 31 May 1946
I-402  IJN I-402 I-400 Submarine aircraft carrier 1945–1946 Scuttled 1 April 1946
Ibuki  IJN Light Carrier n/a launched 1943, not completed, scrapped 1947.
Ikoma  IJN Unryū Light Carrier 1944–1945 Sunk in Kure dockyard 24 July 1945
Illustrious  Royal Navy 08787 Illustrious Fleet Carrier 1940–1954 23,000 tons
Illustrious  Royal Navy R06 Invincible STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1982–Current 20,600 tons
Implacable  Royal Navy R86 Implacable Fleet Carrier 1944–1954
Indefatigable  Royal Navy R10 Implacable Fleet Carrier 1944–1946
Independence  US Navy CV-22CVL-22 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1946 11,000 tons
Independence  US Navy CV-62 Forrestal Supercarrier 1959–1998 81,100 tons
Independencia  Argentine Navy V-1 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1958–1970 [notes 9] 18,300 tons
Indomitable  Royal Navy 09292 Illustrious Fleet Carrier 1941–1953 23,100 tons
Intrepid  US Navy CV-11 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1974 Museum in New York City. 27,100 tons
Invincible  Royal Navy R05 Invincible STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1980–2005 20,600 tons
Ise  IJN Battleship aircraft carrier 1943–1945 Converted to carry 22 aircraft. Sunk 28 July 1945 in shallow water.
Iwo Jima  US Navy CV-46 Essex Fleet Carrier n/a Keel laid but cancelled August 1945 and scrapped. 27,100 tons
Izumo  JMSDF DDH-183 Izumo Helicopter destroyer n/a Launched 2013, Commissioning in 2015, design allows for aircraft operations[2]
Jamaica  US Navy CVE-043CVE-43 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Shah
Joffre  French Navy Joffre Fleet Carrier n/a Under construction 1938–1940 but not completed
John C. Stennis  US Navy CV-74CVN-74 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1995–Current 104,000 tons
John F. Kennedy  US Navy CV-67 Modified Kitty Hawk/John F. Kennedy Supercarrier 1968–2007 82,655 tons
John F. Kennedy  US Navy CV-79CVN-79 Gerald R. Ford Supercarrier[notes 1] n/a Under construction, commissioning 2020
Juan Carlos I  Spanish Navy L61 Juan Carlos I STOVL Amphibious
warfare ship
2010–Current
Junyō  IJN Hiyō Fleet Carrier 1942–1946 Converted ocean liner Kashiwara Maru, Scrapped
Kadashan Bay  US Navy CVE-076CVE-76 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Kaga  IJN Fleet Carrier 1928–1942 Converted Tosa-class battleship. Sunk at Midway, 38,200 tons
Kaiyo  IJN Escort Carrier 1943–1945 Converted liner Argentina Maru, sunk, Beppu Bay 24 July 1945. 13,600 tons
Kalinin Bay  US Navy CVE-068CVE-68 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Karel Doorman  Koninklijke Marine QH1 Nairana Escort Carrier 1946–1948 ex-HMS Nairana
Karel Doorman  Koninklijke Marine R81 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1948–1968 [notes 10]
Kasaan Bay  US Navy CVE-069CVE-69 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Reclassified as a Helicopter Carrier.
Kasagi  IJN Unryū Light Carrier n/a Launched 1944 but not complete at war's end and scrapped.
Katsuragi  IJN Unryū Fleet Carrier n/a Launched 1944 but not complete at war's end and scrapped.
Kearsarge  US Navy CV-33 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1946–1970 27,100 tons
Keweenaw  US Navy CVE-044CVE-44 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Patroller
Khedive  Royal Navy D62 Ruler Escort Carrier 1943 Ex-USS Cordova
Kiev  Soviet Navy 075 Kiev STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1972–1993 Sold 1996, since 2004 an attraction at Tianjin Binhai theme park in China
Kitkun Bay  US Navy CVE-071CVE-71 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Kitty Hawk  US Navy CV-63 Kitty Hawk Supercarrier 1961–2009 80,000 tons
Kula Gulf  US Navy CVE-108CVE-108 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1969 In reserve twice
Kumano Maru  IJA landing craft carrier 1945 Scrapped 1948 after repatriating Japanese POWs
Kuznetsov[notes 11]  Russian Navy 063/113 Kuznetsov Fleet Carrier 1991–Current [notes 12] 55,200 tons
Kwajalein  US Navy CVE-098CVE-98 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
La Fayette  French Navy R96 Independence Light Carrier 1951–1963 Ex-USS Langley, 11,000 tons
Lake Champlain  US Navy CV-39 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1945–1966 27,100 tons
Langley  US Navy CV-01CV-1 Light carrier/
seaplane tender
1922–1942 Scuttled 27 February 1942 after damaged by dive bombers. 11,500 tons
Langley  US Navy CV-27CVL-27 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1947 To France as La Fayette. 11,000 tons
Leningrad  Soviet Navy 109 Moskva Helicopter Carrier 1968–1991
Leonid Brezhnev  Russian Navy 113 Kuznetsov Fleet Carrier [notes 12]
Lexington  US Navy CV-02CV-2 Lexington Fleet Carrier 1927 Sunk by enemy action on 8 May 1942 during Battle of the Coral Sea. 33,000 tons
Lexington  US Navy CV-16 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1991 27,100 tons, Museum Ship in Corpus Christi, Texas
Leyte  US Navy CV-32 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1946–1959 27,100 tons
Liaoning  PLA Navy 01616 Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier 2012-current [notes 13][3] 66,000 to 67,500 tons
Lingayen  US Navy CVE-126CVE-126 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Laid down May 1945 but cancelled before launch.
Liscome Bay  US Navy CVE-056CVE-56 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Sunk by I-175 24 November 1943
Long Island  US Navy CVE-001CVE-1 Long Island Escort Carrier 1941–1946
USS LST-16  US Navy LST-016LST-16 LST-1 Landing Ship, Tank 1944-1945 [notes 14]
USS LST-158  US Navy LST-158LST-158 LST Landing Ship, Tank [notes 14]
USS LST-337  US Navy LST-337LST-337 LST Landing Ship, Tank [notes 14]
USS LST-386  US Navy LST-386LST-386 LST Landing Ship, Tank [notes 14]
USS LST-525  US Navy LST-525LST-525 LST Landing Ship, Tank [notes 14]
USS LST-906  US Navy LST-906 LST-542 Landing Ship, Tank 1944-1945 [notes 14]
Luigi Einaudi  Marina Militare STOVL Aircraft Carrier n/a [notes 3]
Lunga Point  US Navy CVE-094CVE-94 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
M2  Royal Navy M-class submarine Submarine aircraft carrier 1927 Sank during exercises, 26 January 1932
Macoma.  Merchant Navy MAC 7 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1944–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Magnificent  RCN CVL-21 Majestic Light Carrier 1948–1956 To RN in reserve 1957; stricken 1965, scrapped
Makassar Strait  US Navy CVE-091CVE-91 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Makin Island  US Navy CVE-093CVE-93 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Malta  Royal Navy D93 Malta Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled December 1945.
Manila Bay  US Navy CVE-061CVE-61 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Manxman  Royal Navy seaplane carrier 1916–1919 [notes 5]
Marcus Island  US Navy CVE-077CVE-77 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Matanikau  US Navy CVE-101CVE-101 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Melbourne  RAN R21 Majestic Light Carrier 1955–1982
Midway  US Navy CVE-061CVE-63 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Renamed USS St. Lo to free name for CV-41
Midway  US Navy CV-41CVB-41 Midway Fleet Carrier 1945–1992 museum in San Diego, CA, 74,000 tons
Minas Gerais  Brazilian Navy A11 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1960–2001 [notes 15]
Mindoro  US Navy CVE-120CVE-120 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1955 Reclassified for other uses.
Minsk  Soviet Navy 025/011 Kiev STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1978–1993 Towed to PRC in 1998 as tourist attraction
Miralda  Merchant Navy MAC 8 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1944–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Mission Bay  US Navy CVE-059CVE-59 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1958
Monterey  US Navy CV-26CVL-26 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1956
Moskva  Soviet Navy 841 Moskva Helicopter carrier 1967–1998 Scrapped
Munda  US Navy CVE-104CVE-104 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Nabob  Royal Navy D77 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Ex-USS Edisto to UK with Canadian crew. Converted to freighter, scrapped 1977
Nairana  Royal Navy Aircraft carrier/
seaplane carrier
1917–1921 [notes 5]
Nairana  Royal Navy D05 Nairana Escort Carrier 1943–1946 To Netherlands as HNLMS Karel Doorman
Nassau  US Navy CVE-016CVE-16 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946
Natoma Bay  US Navy CVE-062CVE-62 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Nehenta Bay  US Navy CVE-074CVE-74 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
New Zealand  Royal Navy D43 Malta Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled December 1945
Niantic  US Navy CVE-046CVE-46 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Ranee
Nigitsu Maru  IJA Akitsu Maru landing craft carrier 1943–1944 Sunk 12 January 1944
Nimitz  US Navy CV-68CVN-68 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1975–Current 104,000 tons
Nord  French Navy Seaplane Tender 1916–1919 [notes 5]
Novorossiysk  Soviet Navy 137 Kiev STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1978– Scrapped 1997
Ocean  Royal Navy R68 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945 Scrapped 1962
Ocean  Royal Navy L12 Helicopter Carrier 1998–Current 21,500 tons
Okinawa  US Navy CVE-127CVE-127 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Laid down 1945, cancelled before launch
Ommaney Bay  US Navy CVE-079CVE-79 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1945 Sunk by kamikaze aircraft 4 January 1945.
Oriskany  US Navy CV-34 Essex Fleet Carrier 1950–1975 Florida artificial reef in 2006. 27,100 tons
Painlevé  French Navy Joffre Fleet Carrier n/a Planned for 1938, never laid down
Palau  US Navy CVE-122CVE-122 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1946–1954
Pas-de-Calais  French Navy Seaplane tender 1915–1919 [notes 5]
Patroller  Royal Navy D07 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1947 Ex-USS Keweenaw, returned to US 1946
Pegasus  Royal Navy Aircraft carrier/
seaplane carrier
1917–1925 Scrapped 1931
Perdido  US Navy CVE-047CVE-47 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Became HMS Trouncer
Petrof Bay  US Navy CVE-080CVE-80 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
PH 75  French Navy amphibious assault ship[notes 1] n/a Planned 1970s, not started.
Philippine Sea  US Navy CV-47 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1946–1958
Point Cruz  US Navy CVE-119CVE-119 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1956 In reserve. Reclassified for other uses.
Powerful  Royal Navy R95 Majestic Light Carrier n/a Completed for Canada as HMCS Bonaventure
Premier  Royal Navy D23 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943 Ex-USS Estero
Prince  US Navy CVE-045CVE-45 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Rajah
Prince of Wales  Royal Navy R09 Queen Elizabeth STOVL Aircraft Carrier n/a Under construction, commissioning 2018
Prince William  US Navy CVE-019CVE-19 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Striker
Prince William  US Navy CVE-031CVE-31 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Princeton  US Navy CV-23CVL-23 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1944 Sunk 24 October 1944 at Leyte Gulf
Princeton  US Navy CV-37 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1945–1970
Principe de Asturias  Spanish Navy R-11 Príncipe de Asturias STOVL Aircraft Carrier 1988–2013
Puget Sound  US Navy CVE-113CVE-113 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1946 Reclassified for other uses.
Puncher  Royal Navy D79 Bogue Escort Carrier 1944–1946 Ex-USS Willapa, crewed by Canadians.
Pursuer  Royal Navy D73 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Ex-USS St. George, scrapped
Pybus  US Navy CVE-034CVE-34 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Emperor
Queen  Royal Navy D19 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1947 ex-USS St. Andrews
Queen Elizabeth  Royal Navy CVA-01 Fleet carrier n/a Announced 1963, cancelled 1966 before work started.
Queen Elizabeth  Royal Navy R08 Queen Elizabeth STOVL Aircraft Carrier n/a Under construction, commissioning 2016
Rabaul  US Navy CVE-121CVE-121 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Delivered August 1946, not commissioned. Reclassified for other uses.
Rajah  Royal Navy D10 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1947 Ex-USS Prince
Randolph  US Navy CV-15 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1944–1969 27,100 tons
Ranee  Royal Navy D03 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1947 Ex-USS Niantic
Ranger  US Navy CV-04CV-4 Fleet Carrier 1934–1946 14,500 tons
Ranger  US Navy CV-61 Forrestal Supercarrier 1957–1993 81,100 tons
Rapana  Royal Navy MAC 9 Rapana Merchant Aircraft Carrier 1942–1946 [notes 2] returned to commercial service
Ravager  Royal Navy D70 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Used as training carrier
Rendova  US Navy CVE-114CVE-114 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1955 In reserve. Reclassified for other uses.
Reprisal  US Navy CV-35 Essex Fleet Carrier n/a Started 1944, cancelled 1945. 27,100 tons
Riga  Russian Navy Kuznetsov Fleet Carrier n/a [notes 12]
Riga  Russian Navy 063/113 Kuznetsov Fleet Carrier [notes 13]
Roi  US Navy CVE-103CVE-103 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Ronald Reagan  US Navy CV-76CVN-76 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 2003–Current 104,000-tons
Rouen  French Navy Seaplane tender 1916–1917 [notes 5]
Rudyerd Bay  US Navy CVE-081CVE-81 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Ruler  Royal Navy D72 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 ex-USS St. Joseph for lend-lease
Ryūhō  IJN Light Carrier 1942–1945 Converted sub tender Taigei. Severely damage by aircraft March 1945 not repaired
Ryūjō  IJN Light Carrier 1933–1942 Sunk by aircraft during Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Sable  US Navy IX-81 Training carrier 1943–1945 Converted paddle steamer Greater Buffalo for training on the Great Lakes.
Saginaw Bay  US Navy CVE-082CVE-82 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Saidor  US Navy CVE-117CVE-117 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1947 Reclassified for other uses.
Saipan  US Navy CV-48CVL-48 Saipan Light Carrier 1946–1965
Salamaua  US Navy CVE-096CVE-96 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Salerno Bay  US Navy CVE-110CVE-110 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1954 In reserve. Reclassified for other uses 1959.
San Jacinto  US Navy CV-30CVL-30 Independence Light Carrier 1943–1947
Sangamon  US Navy CVE-026CVE-26 Sangamon Escort Carrier 1942–1945 Converted Cimarron-class oiler
Santa Elena  Kaiserliche Marine FS II Aircraft mothership[notes 4] 1915–1919 [notes 5]
Santee  US Navy CVE-029CVE-29 Sangamon Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Converted Cimarron-class oiler
São Paulo  Brazilian Navy A12 Clemenceau Fleet Carrier 2000–Current Ex-Foch, currently refitting
Saratoga  US Navy CV-03CV-3 Lexington Fleet Carrier 1927–1946 Expended as a target ship in the 1946 Bikini atomic bomb tests.
Saratoga  US Navy CV-60 Forrestal Supercarrier 1956–1994 81,100 tons
Sargent Bay  US Navy CVE-083CVE-83 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Savo Island  US Navy CVE-078CVE-78 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Searcher  Royal Navy D40 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1945 Returned to US Navy
Shah  Royal Navy D21 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Jamaica
Shamrock Bay  US Navy CVE-084CVE-84 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Shangri-La  US Navy CV-38 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1944–1971
Shimane Maru  IJA Shimane Maru Escort Carrier n/a 1945 conversion of Shimane Maru oiler for Army but war ended.
Shinano  IJN Fleet Carrier 1944-1944 Converted Yamato-class battleship. Sunk by sub 29 November 1944.
Shinyo  IJN Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Converted German liner SS Scharnhorst, sunk by sub on 17 November 1944.
Shipley Bay  US Navy CVE-085CVE-85 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Shōhō  IJN Zuihō Light Carrier 1941–1942 Sunk by aircraft at Coral Sea
Shōkaku  IJN Shōkaku Fleet Carrier 1941–1944 Sunk by sub 19 June 1944
Siboney  US Navy CVE-112CVE-112 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1956 In reserve
Sicily  US Navy CVE-118CVE-118 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1954
Sitkoh Bay  US Navy CVE-086CVE-86 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
1950–1954
Slinger  Royal Navy D26 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Chatham
Smiter  Royal Navy D55 Bogue Escort Carrier 1944–1946 Ex-USS Vermillion
Solomons  US Navy CVE-067CVE-67 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Sōryū  IJN Fleet Carrier 1937–1942 Sunk at Midway 4 June 1942
Sparviero  Marina Militare Aircraft Carrier n/a Liner MS Augustus Conversion began 1942, scuttled 1944, scrapped 1952
Speaker  Royal Navy D90 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 ex-USS Delgada
St. Andrews  US Navy CVE-049CVE-49 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Queen
St. George  US Navy CVE-017CVE-17 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Pursuer
St. Joseph  US Navy CVE-050CVE-50 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Ruler
St. Lo  US Navy CVE-063CVE-63 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944-1944 Ex-USS Midway, renamed to use name for CV-41. Sunk by kamikaze aircraft 25 October 1944.
St. Simon  US Navy CVE-051CVE-51 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Arbiter
Stalker  Royal Navy D91 Bogue Escort Carrier 1942–1945 Ex-USS Hamlin
Steamer Bay  US Navy CVE-087CVE-87 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1947
Striker  Royal Navy D12 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 ex-USS Prince William (CVE-19)
Sunset  US Navy CVE-048CVE-48 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943-1943 Became HMS Thane
Surcouf  French Navy N N 3 Submarine aircraft carrier 1934–1942 Sunk 18 February 1942
Suwannee  US Navy CVE-027CVE-27 Sangamon Escort Carrier 1942–1946 Converted Cimarron-class oiler
Sydney  RAN R17 Majestic Light Carrier 1948–1958 ex-HMS Terrible completed for Australian Navy. 1962 - 1973 recommissioned as a Troop Transport
Taihō  IJN Taihō Fleet Carrier 1944-1944 Sunk in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944
Taiyō  IJN Taiyō Escort Carrier 1941–1944 Converted ocean liner Kasuga Maru. Sunk by sub 18 August 1944
Takanis Bay  US Navy CVE-089CVE-89 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1946
Tarawa  US Navy CV-40 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1945–1960
Tbilisi  Soviet Navy 113 Kuznetsov Aircraft cruiser n/a [notes 12]
Terrible  Royal Navy R93 Majestic Light Carrier n/a Completed as HMAS Sydney
Thane  Royal Navy D48 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1945 Ex-USS Sunset, scrapped
Theodore Roosevelt  US Navy CV-71CVN-71 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1986–Current 104,000 tons
Thetis Bay  US Navy CVE-090CVE-90 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1964 Became Assault Helicopter Attack Carrier in 1955
Ticonderoga  US Navy CV-14 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1944–1973
Tinian  US Navy CVE-123CVE-123 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier n/a Accepted 1946, never commissioned
Tracker  Royal Navy D24 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Became merchant ship Corrientes, scrapped 1964.
Tripoli  US Navy CVE-064CVE-64 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1958
Trouncer  Royal Navy D85 Bogue Escort Carrier 1944–1946 Ex-USS Perdido
Trumpeter  Royal Navy D09 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1946 Ex-USS Bastian
Tulagi  US Navy CVE-072CVE-72 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Ulyanovsk  Soviet Navy Ulyanovsk Supercarrier n/a Started 1988, work stopped, scrapped 1992. Sister ship likely planned.
Unicorn  Royal Navy I72 Light aircraft carrier
aircraft repair ship
1941–1953 In reserve 1946–1949
United States  US Navy CV-58CVA-58 United States Supercarrier n/a Keel laid down April 18, 1949. Ship cancelled April 23, 1949. 68,000 tons
unnamed (CV-44)  US Navy CV-44 Midway Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled January 11, 1943 to resume building Essex class. 45,000 tons
unnamed (CV-50)  US Navy CV-50 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Fore River. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CV-51)  US Navy CV-51 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Brooklyn Navy Yard. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CV-52)  US Navy CV-52 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Brooklyn Navy Yard. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CV-53)  US Navy CV-53 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Philadelphia Navy Yard. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CV-54)  US Navy CV-54 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Norfolk Navy Yard. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CV-55)  US Navy CV-55 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier n/a To have been built by Norfolk Navy Yard. Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CVB-56)  US Navy CV-56CVB-56 Midway Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled March 28, 1945.
unnamed (CVB-57)  US Navy CV-57CVB-57 Midway Fleet Carrier n/a Cancelled March 28, 1945.
Unryū  IJN Unryū Fleet Carrier 1944-1944 Sunk by USS Redfish on 19 December 1944
Unyo  IJN Taiyō Escort Carrier 1942–1944 Sunk by sub 17 September 1944
Valley Forge  US Navy CV-45 Essex/Ticonderoga Fleet Carrier 1946–1970
Varyag  Soviet Navy Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier n/a [notes 13]
Veinticinco de Mayo  Argentine Navy V-2 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1968–1997 [notes 10]19,900 tons
Vella Gulf  US Navy CVE-111CVE-111 Commencement Bay Escort Carrier 1945–1946 Helicopter carrier in 1955, later cargo ship and aircraft ferry.
Venerable  Royal Navy R63 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1947 [notes 10]
Vengeance  Royal Navy R71 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1952 [notes 15]
Vengeance  RAN R71 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1952–1955 [notes 15] On Loan from the Royal Navy
Verdun  French Navy Attack carrier n/a Cancelled during development in 1961
Vermillion  US Navy CVE-052CVE-52 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Became HMS Smiter
Victorious  Royal Navy R38 Illustrious Fleet Carrier 1941–1968 29,000 tons
Vikramaditya  Indian Navy R33 Kiev Aircraft carrier 2013-Current [notes 6] commissioned Nov 16th 2013
Vikrant  Indian Navy R11 Majestic Light Fleet Carrier 1961–1997 Ex-HMS Hercules completed for India. Museum in Mumbai till 2012 and scrapped by 2014-15
Vikrant  Indian Navy IAC-I Vikrant Aircraft carrier n/a Conventional power, launched 2013, commissioning 2018. 40,000 tons
Vindex  Royal Navy Aircraft carrier/
seaplane carrier
1915–1920 [notes 5]
Vindex  Royal Navy D15 Nairana Escort Carrier 1943–1947 To commercial service as Port Vindex, scrapped 1971
Viraat  Indian Navy R22 Centaur Fleet Carrier 1987–Current ex-HMS Hermes. World's oldest active carrier. 28,700 tons
Wake Island  US Navy CVE-065CVE-65 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Warrior  RCN R31 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1948 [notes 9]
Warrior  Royal Navy R31 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1946 [notes 9]
Wasp  US Navy CV-07CV-7 Wasp Light Carrier 1940–1942 Sunk 15 September 1942. 14,700 tons
Wasp  US Navy CV-18 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1972 27,100 tons
Weser  Kriegsmarine Aircraft carrier n/a Conversion of Seydlitz, cancelled 1943
White Plains  US Navy CVE-066CVE-66 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1943–1946
Willapa  US Navy CVE-053CVE-53 Bogue Escort Carrier 1943–1944 Became HMS Puncher
Windham Bay  US Navy CVE-092CVE-92 Casablanca Escort Carrier 1944–1959 In reserve 1946-1950
Winjah  US Navy CVE-054CVE-54 Bogue Escort Carrier n/a Became HMS Reaper
Wolverine  US Navy IX-64 Training carrier 1942–1945 Converted paddle-wheel steamer.
Wright  US Navy CV-49CVL-49 Saipan Light Carrier 1947–1970 14,500 tons
Yamashiro Maru  IJA Escort Carrier 1945-1945 Sunk by aircraft 17 February 1945
Yorktown  US Navy CV-05CV-5 Yorktown Aircraft carrier 1937–1942 Sunk 7 June 1942 at Midway after air and sub attacks.
Yorktown  US Navy CV-10 Essex Fleet Carrier 1943–1970 Museum at Mount Pleasant, SC
Zuihō  IJN Zuihō Light Carrier 1940–1944 Converted high-speed oiler Takasaki, sunk by aircraft at Leyte Gulf 25 October 1944
Zuikaku  IJN Shōkaku Fleet Carrier 1941–1944 Sunk by aircraft at Leyte Gulf 25 October 1944

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Nuclear-powered
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Converted oil tanker with deck but no hangar or lifts, active as merchant ship. Aircraft stored on deck.
  3. ^ a b c Cavour was originally to be named Luigi Einaudi, then Andrea Doria
  4. ^ a b Flugzeugemutterschiffe
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Converted merchantman, Returned to commercial service
  6. ^ a b c Originally commissioned as Baku, renamed Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov in 1990, then sold to the Indian Navy as the INS Vikramaditya in 2004.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Converted Grain carrier with added deck and hangar, still carried cargo but reduced capacity.
  8. ^ Full name is Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov
  9. ^ a b c Warrior loaned to Canada as HMCS Warrior from 1946–1948, then returned to Royal Navy as HMS Warrior until sold to Argentina as the Independencia which was scrapped in 1971.
  10. ^ a b c HMS Venerable sold to Netherlands in 1948 as HNLMS Karel Doorman and to Argentina in 1969 as Veinticinco de Mayo
  11. ^ Full name is Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov
  12. ^ a b c d Ship was to have been named Riga but this changed to Leonid Brezhnev before launching, and to Tbilisi for its sea trials, until it was finally commissioned as the Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov. Currently refitting
  13. ^ a b c Launched as Riga in 1988, renamed Varyag in 1990, incomplete hull transferred to Ukraine ownership in 1992. Sold in 1998 to China under pretext of being used as a floating casino and finally towed in 2002 to the PRC where it was fitted out and commissioned as Liaoning in 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Field modification by Seebees for landings in Italy and southern France, converted to operate Piper L-4 artillery spotter aircraft. LST-906 operated 8 while the others operated two.
  15. ^ a b c HMS Vengeance loaned to Australia from 1952 to 1956 as HMAS Vengeance, sold to Brazil 1956 as Minas Gerais

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Francillon, Rene (1979). Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 370 30251 6. 
  2. ^ Forecast International (21 June 2010). "Details of New Japanese 'Helicopter Destroyer'". Defensetalk. 
  3. ^ Kathrin Hille, 10 August 2011, China’s first aircraft carrier takes to the sea, The Financial Times

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