List of aircraft carriers in service

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This is a list of aircraft carriers which are currently in service or reserve, or being constructed or rebuilt. 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.[1]It only refers to the status of the ship, not availability or condition of an air wing. Ships classed as amphibious assault ships and helicopter carriers, whose primary purpose is to carry, arm, deploy, and recover aircraft are included.

List of countries by aircraft carriers[edit]

Country Navy Commissioned In reserve Under construction Undergoing trials
 Australia  Royal Australian Navy 00 0 0 1 1
 Brazil  Brazilian Navy 01 1[2] 0 0 (+1 planned)[3] 0
 China  People's Liberation Army Navy 01 1[4] 0 2 (+4 planned)[5] 0
 France  French Navy 04 4[6] 0 0 0
 India  Indian Navy 01 2[7][8] 0 1 (+5 planned)[9][10] 0
 Italy  Marina Militare 02 2[11] 0 0 0
 Japan  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 02 2 0 1 (+1 planned) 1
 Russia  Russian Navy 01 1[12] 0 1 (+1 planned) 1
 Singapore  Republic of Singapore Navy 00 0 0 0 (+1 planned) 0
 South Korea  Republic of Korea Navy 01 1 0 1 (+2 planned) 0
 Spain  Spanish Navy 01 1 0 0 0
 Thailand  Royal Thai Navy 01 1[13] 0 0 0
 United Kingdom  Royal Navy 02 2[14] 0 2[15] 0
 United States  United States Navy 19[16] 1 3 (+1 ordered)[16] 1

Commissioned carriers[edit]

Country Name (Hull number) Length Tonnage (mt) Class Propulsion Type Commission
 Brazil São Paulo (A12) 265 265 m (869 ft) 032800 32,800 mt Clemenceau Conventional CATOBAR 2000-11-15 15 November 2000
 China Liaoning (16) 304 304 m (997 ft) 059100 59,100 mt Kuznetsov Conventional STOBAR 25 September 2012[4]
 France Charles de Gaulle (R91) 262 262 m (860 ft) 042000 42,000 mt Charles de Gaulle Nuclear CATOBAR 2001-05-18 18 May 2001
 France Mistral (L9013) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 mt Mistral Conventional VTOL 2005-12-01 December 2005
 France Tonnerre (L9014) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 mt Mistral Conventional VTOL 2006-12-01 December 2006
 France Dixmude (L9015) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 mt Mistral Conventional VTOL 2011-10-01 December 2011
 India Vikramaditya (R33)[10] 283 283 m (928 ft) 044570 44,570 mt Kiev Conventional STOBAR 044570 16 November 2013[17]
 India Viraat (R22) 227 227 m (745 ft) 028700 28,700 mt Centaur Conventional STOVL 1987-05-20 20 May 1987
 Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) 180 180 m (590 ft) 013850 13,850 mt Giuseppe Garibaldi Conventional STOVL 1985-09-30 30 September 1985
 Italy Cavour (550) 244 244 m (801 ft) 030000 30,000 mt Cavour Conventional STOVL 2008-03-27 27 March 2008
 Japan Hyūga (DDH-181) 179 179 m (587 ft) 019000 19,000 mt Hyūga Conventional VTOL 2009-03-18 18 March 2009
 Japan Ise (DDH-182) 179 179 m (587 ft) 018000 18,000 mt Hyūga Conventional VTOL 2011-03-16 16 March 2011
 Russia FADMSU Kuznetsov (063) 306 305 m (1,001 ft) 055200 55,200 mt Kuznetsov Conventional STOBAR 1991-01-21 21 January 1991
 South Korea Dokdo (LPH-6111) 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 mt Dokdo Conventional VTOL 2007-07-03 3 July 2007
 Spain Juan Carlos I (L-61) 230.82 230.82 m (757.3 ft) 027079 27,079 mt Juan Carlos Conventional STOVL 30 September 2010
 Thailand Chakri Naruebet (911) 183 183 m (600 ft) 011486 11,486 mt Principe de Asturias Conventional STOVL 1997-08-10 10 August 1997
 UK Illustrious (R06) 209 209 m (686 ft) 022000 22,000 mt Invincible Conventional STOVL 1982-06-20 20 June 1982
 UK Ocean (L12) 203.4 203.4 m (667 ft) 021500 21,500 mt Ocean Conventional VTOL 1998-09-30 30 September 1998
 US Nimitz (CVN-68) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100020 100,020 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1975-05-03 3 May 1975
 US Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 103200 103,200 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1977-10-18 18 October 1977
 US Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 102900 102,900 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1982-03-13 13 March 1982
 US Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 106300 106,300 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1986-10-25 25 October 1986
 US Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105783 105,783 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1989-11-11 11 November 1989
 US George Washington (CVN-73) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105900 105,900 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1992-07-04 4 July 1992
 US John C. Stennis (CVN-74) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105000 105,000 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1995-12-09 9 December 1995
 US Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105600 105,600 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 1998-07-25 25 July 1998
 US Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 103000 103,000 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 2003-07-12 12 July 2003
 US George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 104000 104,000 mt Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR 2009-01-10 10 January 2009
 US Peleliu (LHA-5) 250 250 m (820 ft) 039438 39,438 mt Tarawa[16] Conventional STOVL 3 May 1980
 US Wasp (LHD-1) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040532 40,532 mt Wasp[16] Conventional STOVL 29 July 1989
 US Essex (LHD-2) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040650 40,650 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 17 October 1992
 US Kearsarge (LHD-3) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040500 40,500 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 16 October 1993
 US Boxer (LHD-4) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040722 40,722 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 11 February 1995
 US Bataan (LHD-5) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040358 40,358 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 20 September 1997
 US Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040500 40,500 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 15 August 1998
 US Iwo Jima (LHD-7) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040530 40,530 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 30 June 2001
 US Makin Island (LHD-8) 258 258 m (846 ft) 041649 41,649 mt Wasp Conventional STOVL 24 October 2009

Carriers in reserve[edit]

Country Name (Hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commission date Decommission date Status
 US Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 325.8 325 m (1,066 ft) 081985 81,985 tons Kitty Hawk Conventional CATOBAR 1961-04-21 21 April 1961 2009-01-31 31 January 2009 Reserve until 2015

Carriers undergoing sea trials or being fitted out[edit]

Country Name (Hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commission date Status
 US USS America (LHA-6) 257.3 257.3 m (844 ft) 45,000 45,000 mt America[16] Conventional STOVL 2014 (expected) Undergoing sea trials
 Russia Vladivostok 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 mt Mistral Conventional VTOL November 2014 (expected) Undergoing sea trials
 Japan JDS Izumo (DDH-183) 248 248 m (814 ft) 027000 27,000 tons Izumo Conventional VTOL March 2015 (expected) Undergoing sea trials
 Australia HMAS Canberra (LHD02) 230.82 230.82 m (757.3 ft) 027500 27,500 tons Canberra Conventional VTOL 2014 (expected) Undergoing sea trials

Carriers ordered or under construction[edit]

Country Name (Hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commission date Status
 Australia HMAS Adelaide (LHD01) 230.82 230.82 m (757.3 ft) 027500 27,500 tons Canberra Conventional VTOL 2016 (expected) Under construction
 China tbd tbd 055000 55,000 tons tbd Conventional STOBAR 2020 (expected) Under construction[18]
 India INS Vikrant[10] 262 262 m (860 ft) 040000 40,000 tons Vikrant Conventional CATOBAR 2018 (expected)[19] Under construction
 South Korea ROKS Marado (LPH-6112)[20] 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 mt Dokdo Conventional VTOL 2019 (expected) Under construction
 Russia Sevastopol 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 mt Mistral Conventional VTOL 2015 (expected) Under construction
 UK HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)[15] 280 280 m (920 ft) 07060070,600 tons Queen Elizabeth Conventional STOVL 2017 (expected) Under construction
 UK HMS Prince of Wales (R09)[15] 280 280 m (920 ft) 07060070,600 tons Queen Elizabeth Conventional STOVL 2018 (expected) Under construction
 US USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)[21] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 tons Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2015 (expected) Under construction
 US USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)[22] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 tons Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2020 (expected) Under construction
 US USS Enterprise (CVN-80)[21] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 tons Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2025 (expected) Ordered
 US USS Tripoli (LHA-7) 257.3 257.3 m (844 ft) 45,000 45,000 mt America Conventional STOVL 2018 (expected) Under construction

Carriers in planning stage[edit]

Country Name (Hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commission date
 Brazil tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd tbd
 China tbd tbd 065000 65,000 tons tbd Nuclear CATOBAR 2025 (expected)[23]
 India INS Vishal[10][19] tbd 065000 65,000 tons Vikrant Nuclear CATOBAR 2025 (expected)[24]
 Japan tbd (DDH-184) 248 248 m (814 ft) 027000 27,000 tons Izumo Conventional VTOL 2017 (expected)
 Singapore tbd[25] 164 164 m (538 ft) 14500 14,500 mt Endurance-160 Conventional VTOL tbd
 South Korea ROKS Baengnyongdo (LPH-6113) 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 mt Dokdo Conventional VTOL 2024 (expected)
 South Korea tbd 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 mt Dokdo Conventional VTOL tbd
 Russia tbd[26] tbd 080000 80,000 mt tbd Nuclear STOVL tbd

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aircraft%20carrier
  2. ^ IISS 2010, p. 70
  3. ^ http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Brazil_to_build_own_aircraft_carrier_defense_minister_999.html
  4. ^ a b "China brings its first aircraft carrier into service, joining 9-nation club". NBC News. 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ China begins to build its own aircraft carrier - Washington Times
  6. ^ IISS 2010, p. 130
  7. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Trenton_(LPD-14).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ IISS 2010, p. 361
  9. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Navy_Multi-Role_Support_Vessel_programme.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ a b c d {{cite web |url=http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/second-phase-work-on-ins-vikrant-to-get-under-way-in-cochin-shipyard/article5261970.ece | title=Second phase work on INS Vikrant to get under way in Cochin shipyard| publisher=The Hindu| date=23 October 2013}
  11. ^ IISS 2010, p. 142
  12. ^ IISS 2010, p. 225
  13. ^ IISS 2010, p. 430
  14. ^ IISS 2010, p. 169
  15. ^ a b c IISS 2010, p. 206
  16. ^ a b c d e World Wide Aircraft Carriers
  17. ^ "Indian Navy gets INS Vikramaditya as it seeks to bolster defence capabilities," Times of India, 16 November 2013
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ a b Eye on future, India mulls options for nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Times of India 1 August 2013
  20. ^ S. Korea Envisions Light Aircraft Carrier | Defense News | defensenews.com
  21. ^ a b O'Rourke, Ronald (10 June 2010). "Navy Ford (CVN-78) class aircraft carrier" (pdf). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Navy names next aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy". United States Department of Defense. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ "India plans a 65,000-tonne warship". The New Indian Express. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  25. ^ http://kementah.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/lots-to-deliver-singapore-technologies.html
  26. ^ Interfax, Russia Developing New Aircraft Carrier, May 15, 2005

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