List of active United States naval aircraft

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The list of United States naval aircraft contains types currently used by the United States Navy. For a complete list of naval aircraft designated under pre-1962 United States Navy designation systems, see List of United States Navy aircraft designations (pre-1962); for aircraft without formal designations, see List of undesignated military aircraft of the United States. For a list of all naval aircraft designated under the post-1962 unified Department of Defense designations, see List of military aircraft of the United States.


Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet United States multirole 566 131 used for training - 58 on order[1]
F-35 Lightning II United States multirole F-35C 26 13 used for training - 236 on order[1]
E-2 Hawkeye United States AEW E-2C/D 97 27 on order[1]
Electronic Warfare
E-6 Mercury United States TACAMO 16[1]
EA-18G Growler United States radar jamming / SEAD 153[1]
EP-3 Orion United States ELINT / SIGINT 12[1]
Maritime Patrol
P-3 Orion United States ASW / patrol P-3C 40[1] 12 EP-3E’s used for ELINT
P-8 Poseidon United States ASW / patrol 112 18 on order[1]
C-2 Greyhound United States COD / transport 33[1] Retiring by 2024, replaced by V-22[2]
C-20G Grey Ghost United States VIP transport 3[1]
C-26 Metroliner United States transport / Reconnaissance C-26D 8[1] 1 provides multi-engine training
C-40 Clipper United States VIP transport 17[1]
C-130 Hercules United States transport C-130T 27[1] 10 provide aerial refueling
C-130J Super Hercules United States transport 1[1]
CH-53E Super Stallion United States minesweeping / MCM MH-53E 29[1]
SH-60 Seahawk United States ASW / VERTREP / SAR H-60R/S/H 508 3 on order[1]
V-22 Osprey United States COD / transport CMV-22B 12 49 on order[1]
Trainer Aircraft
C-12 Huron United States multi-engine trainer / transport 56[1]
DHC-3 Otter United States trainer 1[1]
F-5 Tiger II United States jet trainer F-5F/N 31[1] OpFor training
F-16 Fighting Falcon United States trainer F-16A/B 14[1] OpFor training
F/A-18 Hornet United States conversion trainer F/A-18A/B/C 68[1]
T-6 Texan II United States basic trainer T-6A/B/C 293 29 on order[1]
T-34 Mentor United States trainer 13[1]
T-38 Talon United States USNTPS trainer 10[1]
T-45 Goshawk United States jet trainer 191[1]
TH-57 Sea Ranger United States rotorcraft trainer 115[1] 3 are OH-58C variant
TH-73 Thrasher Italy rotorcraft trainer 3 66 on order[1]
UH-72 Lakota Germany trainer / test evaluator 5[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "World Air Forces 2022". Flightglobal Insight. 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Navy's COD Transition from C-2A to CMV-22B Accelerated; First V-22 Deployment Set for 2021". USNI News. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2023.

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