List of aircraft carriers

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Countries currently operating fixed-wing aircraft carriers in dark blue (8); countries currently solely operating helicopter carriers in green (5); historic operators of carriers in light blue (4)
Various aircraft carriers from around the world

This list of aircraft carriers contains aircraft carriers listed alphabetically by name. 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.

Included in this list are ships which meet the above definition and had an official name (in italicized) or designation (non-italicized), regardless of whether they were or were not ordered, laid down, completed, or commissioned.

Not included in this list are the following:

  • Aircraft cruisers, also known as aviation cruisers, cruiser-carriers, flight deck cruisers, and hybrid battleship-carriers, which combine the characteristics of aircraft carriers and surface warfare ships, because they primarily operated helicopters or floatplanes and did not act as a floating airbase. Examples include the British Tiger, Japanese Ise, French Jeanne d'Arc, Soviet Moskva, and Italian Andrea Doria classes.
  • Amphibious assault ships, also known as commando carriers, assault carriers, helicopter carriers, landing helicopter assault ships, landing helicopter docks, landing platform docks, and landing platform helicopters. Although they have flight decks and look like aircraft carriers, they primarily operate helicopters and do not act as a floating airbase. Examples include the US Wasp, British Ocean, Japanese Akitsu Maru, and French Mistral classes.
  • So-called "landing craft carriers" such as USS LST-906, which were modified amphibious landing ships, because they could not recover their aircraft.
  • Seaplane tenders and seaplane carriers, because they could not land aircraft.
  • Submarine aircraft carriers, because they had no flight deck and could not land their aircraft.

"In Commission" denotes the period that the ship was officially in commission with the given name for the given country as an aircraft carrier as defined above.

Numbers of aircraft carriers by country[edit]

The table below does not include submarine aircraft carriers, seaplane tenders, escort carriers, merchant aircraft carriers, helicopter carriers or amphibious assault ships
The total includes ships under construction, but not ships that were never built.
Number of aircraft carriers by operating nation
Country In service In reserve Decommissioned Under construction Never completed Total
Argentina Argentina 0 0 2 0 0 2
Australia Australia 0 0 3 0 0 3
Brazil Brazil 0 0 2 0 0 2
Canada Canada 0 0 3 0 0 3
China China 1 0 0 2 0 3
France France 1 0 7 0 7 15
Germany Germany 0 0 0 0 7 7
India India 1 0 2 2 0 5
Italy Italy 2 0 0 0 2 4
Japan Japan 0 0 4 0 4 8
Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 4 0 0 4
Russia Russia 1 0 1 1 2 5
Spain Spain 1 1 1 0 1 4
Turkey Turkey 0 0 0 1 0 1
Thailand Thailand 1 0 0 0 0 1
United Kingdom United Kingdom 0 0 40 2 12 54
United States United States 11 1 56 2 12 82
Total 20 2 125 10 47 203

List[edit]

Name Service Pennant
or Hull #
Class Type In Commission Notes
Abraham Lincoln  US Navy CV-72CVN-72 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1989–present
Acavus  British Merchant Navy MAC 1 Rapana Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service.
Activity  Royal Navy D94 Escort carrier 1942–1945 Converted freighter.
Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov  Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
111 Kiev Fleet carrier 1987–1996 Also known as Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, Admiral Gorshkov, or just Gorshkov. Before 1991, it was named Baku. To India as Vikramaditya 2004.
Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov  Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
063/113 Kuznetsov Fleet carrier 1991–present Also known as Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov, Admiral Kuznetsov, or just Kuznetsov. Ex-Tbilisi.
Admiralty Islands  US Navy CVE-099CVE-99 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 ex-Chapin Bay.
Adula  British 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  Japanese Navy Akagi Fleet carrier 1927–1942 Converted Amagi-class battlecruiser , Sunk 4 June 1942 at Midway
Alava Bay  US Navy CVE-103CVE-103 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Roi 1943 before construction began.
Alazon Bay  US Navy CVE-055CVE-55 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Casablanca 1943 after construction began.
Alazon Bay  US Navy CVE-094CVE-94 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Lunga Point 1943 before construction began.
Albion  Royal Navy R07 Centaur Fleet carrier 1954–1962 Converted to commando carrier.
Alexia  British Merchant Navy MAC 3 Rapana Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Alikula Bay  US Navy CVE-057CVE-57 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Coral Sea before launch.
Alikula Bay  US Navy CVE-095CVE-95 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Bismarck Sea 1944 after launch.
Altamaha  US Navy CVE-006CVE-6 Bogue Escort carrier 1942-1942 [notes 3] Became HMS Battler.
Altamaha  US Navy CVE-018CVE-18 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1946
Amagi  Japanese Navy Akagi Fleet carrier n/a 1920-22 conversion from battlecruiser never completed.
Amagi  Japanese Navy Unryū Light fleet carrier 1944–1945 Sunk 29 July 1945 by aircraft
Amastra  British Merchant Navy MAC 4 Rapana Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Ameer  US Navy AVG-55 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Alazon Bay 1943 after construction began.
Ameer  Royal Navy D01 Ruler Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Baffins.
America  US Navy CV-66 Kitty Hawk Supercarrier 1965–1996
Ancylus  British Merchant Navy MAC 5 Rapana Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1946 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Andrea Doria  Italian Navy 550 STOVL aircraft carrier n/a Renamed Cavour before construction began.
Anguilla Bay  US Navy CVE-096CVE-96 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Salamaua 1943 before construction began.
Antietam  US Navy CV-36 Essex Fleet carrier 1945–1963 1st carrier modified with angled flight deck, 1952.
Anzio  US Navy CVE-057CVE-57 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-USS Coral Sea, renamed to reuse name for CV-43.
Aquila  Italian Navy Fleet carrier n/a 1941–1943 conversion from passenger liner never completed.
Arbiter  Royal Navy D31 Ruler Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS St. Simon.
Archer  US Navy BAVG-1 Long Island Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Converted cargo ship. Became HMS Archer.
Archer  Royal Navy D78 Long Island Escort carrier 1941–1943 [notes 4] Ex-USS Archer.
Argus  Royal Navy I49 Fleet carrier 1918–1929 Converted ocean liner.
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 Ex-Irresistible. First carrier commissioned with angled deck.
Ark Royal  Royal Navy R07 Invincible STOVL aircraft carrier 1985–2011 Ex-Indomitable.
Arrogant  Royal Navy Centaur Light carrier n/a Laid down 1944, never completed.
Arromanches  French Navy R95 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1974 Ex-HMS Colossus, loaned (later sold) to France
Aso  Japanese Navy Unryū Light fleet carrier n/a Launched in 1944, never completed.
Astrolabe Bay  US Navy CVE-060CVE-60 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Guadalcanal 1943 before launch.
Astrolabe Bay  US Navy CVE-097CVE-97 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Hollandia 1944 after launch.
Atheling  Royal Navy D51 Ruler Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Glacier.
Attacker  Royal Navy D02 Attacker Escort carrier 1942–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Barnes.
Attu  US Navy CVE-102CVE-102 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Elbour Bay.
Audacious  Royal Navy R05 Audacious Fleet carrier 1951–1972 Renamed Eagle 1946 while under construction.
Audacity  Royal Navy D10 Escort carrier 1941-1941 Converted merchant ship, sunk by U-751
Auguilla Bay  US Navy CVE-058CVE-58 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Corregidor1943 before launch.
Avenger  US Navy BAVG-1 Avenger Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Avenger.
Avenger  Royal Navy D14 Avenger Escort carrier 1942-1942 [notes 5] Sunk 15 November 1942 by U-155.
Badoeng Strait  US Navy CVE-116CVE-116 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1957 Ex-San Alberto Bay.
Baffins  US Navy CVE-035CVE-35 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Ameer.
Bairoko  US Navy CVE-115 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1955 Ex-Portage Bay.
Baku  Soviet Navy 103 Kiev Aircraft cruiser 1987–1991 Renamed to Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov in 1991.
Balinas  US Navy CVE-36 Bogue Escort carrier n/a Renamed Bolinas after launch because of misspelling.
Barnes  US Navy CVE-007CVE-7 Bogue Escort carrier 1942-1942 [notes 3] Became HMS Attacker.
Barnes  US Navy CVE-020CVE-20 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1946
Bastian  US Navy CVE-037CVE-37 Bogue Escort carrier 1942-1942 [notes 3] 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
Battler  Royal Navy D18 Attacker Escort carrier 1942–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Altamaha.
BAVG-5  US Navy BAVG-5 Charger Escort carrier n/a [notes 5] Became HMS Dasher.
Béarn  French Navy Fleet carrier 1927–1948 Converted battleship.
Begum  Royal Navy D38 Ruler Escort carrier 1944–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Bolinas.
Belleau Wood  US Navy CV-24CVL-24 Independence Light carrier 1943–1947 To France as Bois Belleau
Bennington  US Navy CV-20 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1970
Bismarck Sea  US Navy CVE-095CVE-95 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1945 Ex-Alikula Bay. Sunk 21 February 1945 by kamikaze attack off Iwo Jima
Biter  US Navy BAVG-23 Avenger Escort carrier n/a [notes 5] Became HMS Biter.
Biter  Royal Navy D97 Avenger Escort carrier 1940–1945 [notes 5] To France as Dixmude
Block Island  US Navy CVE-008CVE-8 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Converted freighter. Became HMS Trailer, then HMS Hunter.
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 Ex-Sunset Bay (some sources say Sunset).
Bogue  US Navy CVE-009CVE-9 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1946
Bois Belleau  French Navy R97 Independence Light carrier 1953–1960 Ex-USS Belleau Wood.
Bolinas  US Navy CVE-036CVE-36 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 Ex-Balinas. [notes 3] Became HMS Begum.
Bon Homme Richard  US Navy CV-10 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Yorktown 1942 before launch.
Bon Homme Richard  US Navy CV-31 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1971
Bonaventure  Canadian Navy CVL-22 Majestic Light carrier 1957–1970 Ex-incomplete HMS Powerful.
Bougainville  US Navy CVE-100CVE-100 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Didrickson Bay.
Boxer  US Navy CV-21 Essex Fleet carrier 1945–1969
Breton  US Navy CVE-010CVE-10 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Chaser
Breton  US Navy CVE-023CVE-23 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946
Bucareli Bay  US Navy CVE-061CVE-61 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Manila Bay 1943 before launch.
Bucareli Bay  US Navy CVE-098CVE-98 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Kwajalein 1944 before launch.
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
Cabot  US Navy CV-16 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Lexington 1942 before launch.
Cabot  US Navy CV-28CVL-28 Independence Light carrier 1943–1955 To Spain as Dédalo
Campania  Royal Navy D48 Nairana Escort carrier 1944–1952 Command ship for first British atomic bomb test
Cape Esperance  US Navy CVE-088CVE-88 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1959 Ex-Tananek Bay.
Cape Gloucester  US Navy CVE-109CVE-109 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1946 Ex-Willapa Bay.
Card  US Navy CVE-011CVE-11 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1946
Carl Vinson  US Navy CV-70CVN-70 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1982–present
Carnegie  US Navy CVE-038CVE-38 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Empress.
Casablanca  US Navy CVE-055CVE-55 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Alazon Bay.
Cavour  Italian Navy 550 STOVL aircraft carrier 2008–present Ex-Andrea Doria.
Centaur  Royal Navy R06 Centaur Fleet carrier 1953–1965
Chakri Naruebet  Thai Navy 911 Príncipe de Asturias STOVL aircraft carrier 1997–present
Chapin Bay  US Navy CVE-061CVE-63 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Midway 1943 after construction began.
Chapin Bay  US Navy CVE-099CVE-99 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Admiralty Islands before construction began.
Charger  US Navy CVE-030CVE-30 Charger Escort carrier 1942–1946 Converted liner. Became HMS Charger 1942, returned to US two days later.
Charger  Royal Navy D27 Avenger Escort carrier 1942–1942 Ex-Charger. Returned to US two days later.
Charles De Gaulle  French Navy R91 Fleet carrier[notes 1] 2001–present ex-Richelieu
Chaser  Royal Navy D32 Attacker Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Breton.
Chatham  US Navy CVE-032CVE-32 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Slinger.
Chenango  US Navy CVE-028CVE-28 Sangamon Escort carrier 1942–1946 Converted oiler.
Chigusa Maru  Japanese Army Yamashiro Maru Escort carrier n/a 1944 tanker conversion, never completed.
Chitose  Japanese Navy Chitose Light carrier 1942–1944 Converted seaplane tender. Sunk 25 October 1944 off Leyte Gulf.
Chiyoda  Japanese Navy Chitose Light carrier 1943–1944 Converted seaplane tender. Sunk 25 October 1944 off Leyte Gulf.
Chuyo  Japanese Navy Taiyō Escort carrier 1942–1943 Converted ocean liner, sunk by USS Sailfish 4 December 1943
Clemenceau  French Navy R98 Clemenceau Fleet carrier 1961–1997
Colossus  Royal Navy R15 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1944–1946 Loaned (later sold) to France as Arromanches
Commencement Bay  US Navy CVE-105CVE-105 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-St. Joseph Bay.
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 1943–1944 Ex-Alikula Bay. Renamed 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 [notes 3] 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 Ex-Auguilla Bay.
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
Croatan  US Navy CVE-014CVE-14 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Fencer
Croatan  US Navy CVE-025CVE-25 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946
Crown Point  US Navy CV-32 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Leyte 1945 before launch.
CV-44  US Navy CV-44 Midway Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1943.
CV-50  US Navy CV-50 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CV-51  US Navy CV-51 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CV-52  US Navy CV-52 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CV-53  US Navy CV-53 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CV-54  US Navy CV-54 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CV-55  US Navy CV-55 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CVB-56  US Navy CV-56CVB-56 Midway Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CVB-57  US Navy CV-57CVB-57 Midway Fleet carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
CVE-128  US Navy CVE-128 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 after construction began.
CVE-129  US Navy CVE-129 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 after construction began.
CVE-130  US Navy CVE-130 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-131  US Navy CVE-131 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-132  US Navy CVE-132 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-133  US Navy CVE-133 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-134  US Navy CVE-134 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-135  US Navy CVE-135 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-136  US Navy CVE-136 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-137  US Navy CVE-137 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-138  US Navy CVE-138 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
CVE-139  US Navy CVE-139 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Cancelled 1945 before construction began.
Daiju Maru  Japanese Army Shimane Maru Escort carrier n/a Tanker conversion. Cancelled 1945.
Dasher  Royal Navy D37 Avenger Escort carrier 1942–1943 [notes 5] Ex-American BAVG-5. Sunk 27 March 1943 following explosion of unknown cause.
Dédalo  Spanish Navy Independence Light carrier 1967–1989 Ex-USS Cabot.
Delgada  US Navy CVE-040CVE-40 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Speaker.
Didrickson Bay  US Navy CVE-064CVE-64 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Tripoli 1943 before launch.
Didrickson Bay  US Navy CVE-100CVE-100 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Bougainville before construction began.
Dixmude  French Navy Charger Escort carrier 1945–1966 Ex-HMS Biter.
Dolomi Bay  US Navy CVE-065CVE-65 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Wake Island 1943 before launch.
Dolomoi Bay  US Navy CVE-101CVE-101 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Matanikau 1944 before launch.
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–present
Eagle  Royal Navy 09494 Fleet carrier 1924–1942 Converted battleship. Sunk by U-73, 11 August 1942
Eagle  Royal Navy Audacious Fleet carrier n/a Laid down 1944, cancelled 1946.
Eagle  Royal Navy R05 Audacious Fleet carrier 1951–1972 Ex-Audacious.
Edisto  US Navy CVE-041CVE-41 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Nabob.
Elbe  German Navy Jade Auxiliary aircraft carrier n/a Liner conversion, cancelled 1943.
Elbour Bay  US Navy CVE-066CVE-66 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed White Plains 1943 before launch.
Elbour Bay  US Navy CVE-102CVE-102 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Attu before construction began.
Elephant  Royal Navy Centaur Light carrier n/a Laid down 1944, not completed until 1959 as HMS Hermes.
Emperor  Royal Navy D98 Ruler Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Pybus.
Emperor  US Navy CVE-067CVE-67 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Nassuk Bay 1943 after construction began.
Empire MacAlpine  British Merchant Navy MH Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacAndrew  British Merchant Navy MK Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacCabe  British Merchant Navy ML Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacCallum  British Merchant Navy MN Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacColl  British Merchant Navy MB Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacDermott  British Merchant Navy MS Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1944–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacKay  British Merchant Navy MH Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacKendrick  British Merchant Navy MO Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacMahon  British Merchant Navy MJ Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Empire MacRae  British Merchant Navy MU Empire Merchant aircraft carrier 1943–1945 [notes 6] Returned to commercial service
Empress  Royal Navy D42 Ruler Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] 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 First 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 [notes 3] Became HMS Premier.
Falco  Italian Navy Aircraft carrier n/a Liner conversion began 1942. Renamed Sparviero but never completed.
Fanshaw Bay  US Navy CVE-070CVE-70 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946
Fencer  Royal Navy D64 Attacker Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Croatan.
Flugzeugträger B  German Navy Graf Zeppelin Fleet carrier n/a Started 1938, cancelled 1939. Proposed name was Peter Strasser.
Flugzeugträger C  German Navy Graf Zeppelin Fleet carrier n/a Cancelled 1938 before construction began.
Flugzeugträger D  German Navy Graf Zeppelin Fleet carrier n/a Cancelled 1938 before construction began.
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
Fortaleza Bay  US Navy CVE-072CVE-72 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Ex-Fortazela Bay. Renamed Tulagi 1943 before launch.
Fortazela Bay  US Navy CVE-072CVE-72 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Fortaleza Bay 1943 before launch due to spelling error.
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
Frosty Bay  US Navy CVE-112CVE-112 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Siboney 1944 before launch.
Furious  Royal Navy 04747 Courageous Fleet carrier 1917–1945 Converted battlecruiser.
Gadila  Dutch 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–present
George Washington  US Navy CV-73CVN-73 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1992–present
Gerald R. Ford  US Navy CV-78CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford Supercarrier[notes 1] 2017–present In-service, undergoing extensive testing until 2021
Gibraltar  Royal Navy D68 Malta Fleet carrier n/a Ordered 1943 but never laid down.
Gilbert Islands  US Navy CVE-107CVE-107 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1955 Ex-St. Andrews Bay. Converted to communication relay ship USS Annapolis
Giuseppe Garibaldi  Italian Navy 551 STOVL aircraft carrier 1983–present
Glacier  US Navy CVE-033CVE-33 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] 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
Graf Zeppelin  German Navy Graf Zeppelin Fleet carrier n/a Launched 1938, never completed.
Guadalcanal  US Navy CVE-060CVE-60 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Astrolabe Bay. Captured U-505
Hamlin  US Navy CVE-015CVE-15 Bogue Escort carrier 1942-1942 [notes 3] Became HMS Stalker
Hancock  US Navy CV-14 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Ticonderoga 1943 before launch.
Hancock  US Navy CV-19 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1976 Ex-Ticonderoga (CV-19).
Harry S. Truman  US Navy CV-75CVN-75 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1998–present Ex-United States
Hercules  Royal Navy R49 Majestic Light fleet carrier n/a Launched 1945. To India 1957 and completed as INS Vikrant.
Hermes  Royal Navy 09595 Fleet carrier 1924–1942 First purpose built carrier launched. Sunk 9 April 1942 by Japanese aircraft.
Hermes  Royal Navy Centaur Light carrier n/a Laid down 1944, cancelled 1945.
Hermes  Royal Navy R12 Centaur Fleet carrier 1959–1984 Ex-Elephant. To India as INS Viraat
Hiryū  Japanese Navy Fleet carrier 1939–1942 Sunk at Midway
Hiyō  Japanese Navy Hiyō Fleet carrier 1942–1944 Converted ocean liner, sunk at Battle of the Philippine Sea
Hobart Bay  US Navy CVE-113CVE-113 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Puget Sound 1944 before launch.
Hoggatt Bay  US Navy CVE-075CVE-75 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Hollandia  US Navy CVE-097CVE-97 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1947 Ex-Astrolabe Bay.
Hornet  US Navy CV-08CV-8 Yorktown Fleet carrier 1941–1942 Sunk in Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
Hornet  US Navy CV-12 Essex Fleet carrier 1943–1970 Ex-Kearsarge (CV-12). Museum at Alameda, CA.
Hōshō  Japanese Navy Fleet carrier 1922–1946
Hunter  Royal Navy D80 Attacker Escort carrier 1943–1945 [notes 4] Ex-USS Block Island. Renamed from HMS Trailer.
Ibuki  Japanese Navy Light carrier n/a Launched 1943, never completed.
I  German Navy Auxiliary aircraft carrier n/a Transport conversion, cancelled 1942.
II  German Navy Auxiliary aircraft carrier n/a Cruiser conversion, cancelled 1943.
Ikoma  Japanese Navy Unryū Light carrier 1944–1945 Sunk in Kure dockyard 24 July 1945
Illustrious  Royal Navy 08787 Illustrious Fleet carrier 1940–1954
Illustrious  Royal Navy R06 Invincible STOVL aircraft carrier 1982–2014
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
Independence  US Navy CV-62 Forrestal Supercarrier 1959–1998
Independencia  Argentine Navy V-1 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1958–1970 Ex-HMS Warrior
Indomitable  Royal Navy 09292 Illustrious Fleet carrier 1941–1953
Indomitable  Royal Navy R07 Invincible STOVL aircraft carrier n/a Renamed Ark Royal before construction began.
Intrepid  US Navy CV-11 Essex Fleet carrier 1943–1974 Museum in New York City.
Invincible  Royal Navy R05 Invincible STOVL aircraft carrier 1980–2005
Irresitible  Royal Navy R09 Audacious Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Ark Royal before launch.
Iwo Jima  US Navy CV-46 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Laid down 1945, but never completed.
Jade  German Navy Jade Auxiliary aircraft carrier n/a Proposed liner conversion, cancelled 1942.
Jamaica  US Navy CVE-043CVE-43 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Shah.
Joffre  French Navy Joffre Fleet carrier n/a Under construction 1938–1940, but never completed.
John C. Stennis  US Navy CV-74CVN-74 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1995–present
John F. Kennedy  US Navy CV-67 Modified Kitty Hawk /John F. Kennedy Supercarrier 1968–2007
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–present
Junyō  Japanese Navy Hiyō Fleet carrier 1942–1946 Converted ocean liner.
Kadashan Bay  US Navy CVE-076CVE-76 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Kaga  Japanese Navy Fleet carrier 1928–1942 Converted battleship. Sunk at Midway
Kaimon  Japanese Navy Unryū Light carrier n/a Cancelled 1944 before construction began. Also known as Kurama.
Kaita Bay  US Navy CVE-078CVE-78 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Savo Island 1943 before launch.
Kaiyo  Japanese Navy Escort carrier 1943–1945 Converted ocean liner. Sunk at Beppu Bay 24 July 1945.
Kalinin Bay  US Navy CVE-068CVE-68 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946
Kanalku Bay  US Navy CVE-077CVE-77 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Marcus Island 1943 before launch.
Karel Doorman  Dutch Navy QH1 Nairana Escort carrier 1946–1948 Ex-HMS Nairana.
Karel Doorman  Dutch Navy R81 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1948–1968 Ex-HMS Venerable. To Argentina as Veinticinco de Mayo 1969.
Kasaan Bay  US Navy CVE-069CVE-69 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946
Kasagi  Japanese Navy Unryū Light carrier n/a Launched 1944, but never completed.
Katsuragi  Japanese Navy Unryū Fleet carrier n/a Launched 1944, but never completed.
Kearsarge  US Navy CV-12 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Hornet 1942 before launch.
Kearsarge  US Navy CV-33 Essex Fleet carrier 1946–1970
Keweenaw  US Navy CVE-044CVE-44 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Patroller.
Khedive  Royal Navy D62 Ruler Escort carrier 1943-1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Cordova.
Kiev  Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
075 Kiev STOVL aircraft carrier 1975–1993 Currently 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
Kremlin  Soviet Navy Ulyanovsk Supercarrier n/a Renamed Ulyanovsk before construction began, never completed.
Kula Gulf  US Navy CVE-108CVE-108 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1969 Ex-Vermillion Bay.
Kurama  Japanese Navy Unryū Light carrier n/a Cancelled 1944 before construction began. Also known as Kaimon.
Kwajalein  US Navy CVE-098CVE-98 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Bucareli Bay.
La Fayette  French Navy R96 Independence Light carrier 1951–1963 Ex-USS Langley.
Lake Champlain  US Navy CV-39 Essex Fleet carrier 1945–1966
Langley  US Navy CV-01CV-1 Light carrier 1922–1938 Converted to seaplane tender. Scuttled 27 February 1942 after being damaged by dive bombers.
Langley  US Navy CV-27CVL-27 Independence Light carrier 1943–1947 To France as La Fayette.
Leonid Brezhnev  Russian Navy Kuznetsov Fleet carrier n/a Ex-Riga. Renamed Tbilisi after launch in 1985.
Leviathan  Royal Navy R97 Majestic Light carrier n/a Launched 1945, but never completed.
Lexington  US Navy CV-02CV-2 Lexington Fleet carrier 1927–1942 Sunk by enemy action on 8 May 1942 during Battle of the Coral Sea.
Lexington  US Navy CV-16 Essex Fleet carrier 1943–1991 Ex-Cabot (CV-16). Museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas
Leyte  US Navy CV-32 Essex Fleet carrier 1946–1959 Ex-Crown Point (CV-32).
Liaoning  Chinese Navy 01616 Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier 2012–present Ex-incomplete Varyag from Ukraine 1998.
Type 001a  Chinese Navy Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier 2017–present
Lingayen  US Navy CVE-126CVE-126 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Laid down 1945, but never completed.
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
Luigi Einaudi  Italian Navy 550 STOVL aircraft carrier n/a Renamed Andrea Doria before construction began.
Lunga Point  US Navy CVE-094CVE-94 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Alazon Bay.
Macoma  Dutch Merchant Navy MAC 7 Rapana Merchant aircraft carrier 1944–1946 [notes 2] Returned to commercial service
Magnificent  Royal Navy Majestic Light carrier n/a Completed for Canada as HMCS Magnificent. Returned to UK 1956.
Magnificent  Canadian Navy CVL-21 Majestic Light carrier 1948–1956 Ex-HMS Magnificent. Returned to UK 1956.
Majestic  Royal Navy R77 Majestic Light carrier n/a Completed for Australia as HMAS Melbourne.
Makassar Strait  US Navy CVE-091CVE-91 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Ulitaka Bay.
Makin Island  US Navy CVE-093CVE-93 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Woodcliff Bay.
Malta  Royal Navy D93 Malta Fleet carrier n/a Ordered 1943 but never laid down.
Manila Bay  US Navy CVE-061CVE-61 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Bucareli Bay.
Marcus Island  US Navy CVE-077CVE-77 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Kanalku Bay.
Matanikau  US Navy CVE-101CVE-101 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Dolomoi Bay.
McClure  US Navy CVE-045CVE-45 Bogue Escort carrier n/a Renamed Prince 1942 before construction began.
Melbourne  Australian Navy R21 Majestic Light carrier 1955–1982 ex-HMS Majestic completed for Australian Navy.
Midway  US Navy CVE-061CVE-63 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Ex-Chapin Bay. 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
Minas Gerais  Brazilian Navy A11 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1960–2001 [notes 7]
Mindoro  US Navy CVE-120CVE-120 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1955
Minsk  Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
025/011 Kiev STOVL aircraft carrier 1978–1993 Currently a tourist attraction in Shenzhen, China.
Miralda  British 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
Monmouth  Royal Navy 96 Centaur Light carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
Monterey  US Navy CV-26CVL-26 Independence Light carrier 1943–1956
Mosser Bay  US Navy CVE-114CVE-114 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Willamette after launch.
Munda  US Navy CVE-104CVE-104 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Tonowek Bay.
Nabob  Royal Navy D77 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1944 [notes 4] Ex-USS Edisto. Canadian crew.
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
Nassuk Bay  US Navy CVE-067CVE-67 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Ex-Emperor. Renamed Solomons 1943 after launch.
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 Ordered 1943 but never laid down.
Niantic  US Navy CVE-046CVE-46 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Ranee.
Nimitz  US Navy CV-68CVN-68 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1975–present
Novorossiysk  Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
137 Kiev STOVL aircraft carrier 1982–1993
Ocean  Royal Navy R68 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945-1960
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-18 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Wasp 1943 before launch.
Oriskany  US Navy CV-34 Essex Fleet carrier 1950–1975 Florida artificial reef in 2006.
Otakisan Maru  Japanese Army Shimane Maru Escort carrier n/a Tanker conversion. Launched 1945 but never completed.
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
Patroller  Royal Navy D07 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1947 [notes 4] Ex-USS Keweenaw.
Perdido  US Navy CVE-047CVE-47 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1944 [notes 3] Became HMS Trouncer.
Peter Strasser  German Navy Graf Zeppelin Fleet carrier n/a See Flugzeugträger B.
Petrof Bay  US Navy CVE-080CVE-80 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Philippine Sea  US Navy CV-47 Essex Fleet carrier 1946–1958
Point Cruz  US Navy CVE-119CVE-119 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1956 Ex-Trocadero Bay.
Polyphemus  Royal Navy 57 Centaur Light carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1945.
Portage Bay  US Navy CVE-115 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Bairoko before construction began.
Powerful  Royal Navy R95 Majestic Light carrier n/a Completed for Canada as HMCS Bonaventure
Premier  Royal Navy D23 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Estero.
Pretoria Castle  Royal Navy F61 Escort carrier 1943-1946 Converted armed merchant cruiser.
Prince  US Navy CVE-045CVE-45 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Ex-McClure. Became HMS Rajah.
Prince of Wales  Royal Navy R09 Queen Elizabeth STOVL supercarrier n/a Entry to service expected 2018
Prince William  US Navy CVE-019CVE-19 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] 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 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 Ex-Hobart Bay.
Puncher  Royal Navy D79 Bogue Escort carrier 1944–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Willapa. Canadian crew.
Pursuer  Royal Navy D73 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS St. George.
Pybus  US Navy CVE-034CVE-34 Bogue Escort carrier 1943-1943 [notes 3] Became HMS Emperor.
Queen  Royal Navy D19 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1947 [notes 4] 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 supercarrier 2017 - present Sea trials July 2017[1]
Rabaul  US Navy CVE-121CVE-121 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Completed but never commissioned.
Rajah  Royal Navy D10 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1947 [notes 4] Ex-USS Prince.
Randolph  US Navy CV-15 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1969
Ranee  Royal Navy D03 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1947 [notes 4] Ex-USS Niantic.
Ranger  US Navy CV-04CV-4 Fleet carrier 1934–1946
Ranger  US Navy CV-61 Forrestal Supercarrier 1957–1993
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 [notes 4]
Reaper  Royal Navy D82 Bogue Escort carrier 1944–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Winjah.
Rendova  US Navy CVE-114CVE-114 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1955 Ex-Willamette.
Reprisal  US Navy CV-30CVL-30 Independence Light carrier n/a Renamed San Jacinto 1942 before launch.
Reprisal  US Navy CV-35 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Started 1944, cancelled 1945.
Richelieu  French Navy Fleet carrier[notes 1] n/a Renamed Charles De Gaulle before construction began.
Richelieu  French Navy Modified Queen Elizabeth Supercarrier n/a Cancelled 2013 before construction began.
Riga  Russian Navy Kuznetsov Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Leonid Brezhnev after construction began in 1982.
Riga  Soviet Navy Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier n/a Renamed to Varyag in 1990 after construction began.
Roi  US Navy CVE-103CVE-103 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Alava Bay.
Ronald Reagan  US Navy CV-76CVN-76 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 2003–present
Rudyerd Bay  US Navy CVE-081CVE-81 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Ruler  Royal Navy D72 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS St. Joseph.
Ryūhō  Japanese Navy Light carrier 1942–1945 Converted submarine tender. Severely damage by aircraft March 1945 not repaired
Ryūjō  Japanese Navy Light carrier 1933–1942 Sunk by aircraft during Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Sable  US Navy IX-81 Training carrier 1943–1945 Converted paddle-wheel steamer.
Saginaw Bay  US Navy CVE-082CVE-82 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Saidor  US Navy CVE-117CVE-117 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1947 Ex-Saltery Bay.
Saipan  US Navy CV-48CVL-48 Saipan Light carrier 1946–1965
Salamaua  US Navy CVE-096CVE-96 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Anguilla Bay.
Salerno Bay  US Navy CVE-110CVE-110 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1954 Ex-Winjah Bay.
Saltery Bay  US Navy CVE-117CVE-117 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Saidor 1944 before construction began.
San Alberto Bay  US Navy CVE-116CVE-116 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Badoeng Strait before construction began.
San Jacinto  US Navy CV-30CVL-30 Independence Light carrier 1943–1947 Ex-Reprisal (CVL-30).
Sandy Bay  US Navy CVE-118CVE-118 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Sicily 1944 before construction began.
Sangamon  US Navy CVE-026CVE-26 Sangamon Escort carrier 1942–1945 Converted oiler.
Santee  US Navy CVE-029CVE-29 Sangamon Escort carrier 1942–1946 Converted oiler.
São Paulo  Brazilian Navy A12 Clemenceau Fleet carrier 2000–2017 Ex-Foch.
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
Sargent Bay  US Navy CVE-083CVE-83 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Savo Island  US Navy CVE-078CVE-78 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946 Ex-Kaita Bay.
Searcher  Royal Navy D40 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1945 [notes 4]
Shah  Royal Navy D21 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Jamaica.
Shamrock Bay  US Navy CVE-084CVE-84 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Shangri-La  US Navy CV-38 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1971
Shimane Maru  Japanese Army Shimane Maru Escort carrier 1945-1945 Tanker conversion. Sunk by British aircraft.
Shinano  Japanese Navy Fleet carrier 1944-1944 Converted Yamato-class battleship . Sunk by USS Archerfish 29 November 1944.
Shinyo  Japanese Navy Escort carrier 1943–1944 Converted ocean liner, sunk by USS Spadefish on 17 November 1944.
Shipley Bay  US Navy CVE-085CVE-85 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Shōhō  Japanese Navy Zuihō Light carrier 1941–1942 Sunk by aircraft at Coral Sea
Shōkaku  Japanese Navy Shōkaku Fleet carrier 1941–1944 Sunk by USS Cavalla 19 June 1944
Siboney  US Navy CVE-112CVE-112 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1956 Ex-Frosty Bay.
Sicily  US Navy CVE-118CVE-118 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1954 Ex-Sandy Bay.
Sitkoh Bay  US Navy CVE-086CVE-86 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
1950–1954
Slinger  Royal Navy D26 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Chatham.
Smiter  Royal Navy D55 Bogue Escort carrier 1944–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Vermillion.
Solomons  US Navy CVE-067CVE-67 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Nassuk Bay.
Sōryū  Japanese Navy Fleet carrier 1937–1942 Sunk at Midway 4 June 1942
Sparviero  Italian Navy Aircraft carrier n/a Ex-Falco, never completed.
Speaker  Royal Navy D90 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Delgada.
St. Andrews  US Navy CVE-049CVE-49 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Queen.
St. Andrews Bay  US Navy CVE-107CVE-107 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Gilbert Islands 1944 before launch.
St. George  US Navy CVE-017CVE-17 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Pursuer
St. Joseph  US Navy CVE-050CVE-50 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Ruler.
St. Joseph Bay  US Navy CVE-105CVE-105 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Commencement Bay 1944 after launch.
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 n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Arbiter.
Stalker  Royal Navy D91 Bogue Escort carrier 1942–1945 [notes 4] Ex-USS Hamlin.
Steamer Bay  US Navy CVE-087CVE-87 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1947
Striker  Royal Navy D12 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] ex-USS Prince William.
Sunset  US Navy CVE-048CVE-48 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Thane.
Sunset Bay  US Navy CVE-106 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Some sources say the name was Sunset. Renamed Block Island 1944 before launch.
Suwannee  US Navy CVE-027CVE-27 Sangamon Escort carrier 1942–1946 Converted oiler.
Sydney  Australian Navy R17 Majestic Light carrier 1948–1958 ex-HMS Terrible completed for Australian Navy.
Taihō  Japanese Navy Taihō Fleet carrier 1944-1944 Sunk in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944
Taisha Maru  Japanese Army Shimane Maru Escort carrier n/a Proposed tanker conversion. Cancelled 1944.
Taiyō  Japanese Navy Taiyō Escort carrier 1941–1944 Converted ocean liner. Sunk by USS Rasher 18 August 1944
Takanis Bay  US Navy CVE-089CVE-89 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1946
Tananek Bay  US Navy CVE-088CVE-88 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Cape Esperance 1943 before construction began.
Tarawa  US Navy CV-40 Essex Fleet carrier 1945–1960
Tbilisi  Soviet Navy 113 Kuznetsov Aircraft cruiser n/a ex-Leonid Brezhnev. Renamed Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Sozuya Kuznetzov 1990.
Terrible  Royal Navy R93 Majestic Light carrier n/a Completed for Australia as HMAS Sydney.
Thane  Royal Navy D48 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1945 [notes 4] Ex-USS Sunset.
Theodore Roosevelt  US Navy CV-71CVN-71 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] 1986–present
Theseus  Royal Navy R64 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1956
Thetis Bay  US Navy CVE-090CVE-90 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1964
Ticonderoga  US Navy CV-19 Essex Fleet carrier n/a Renamed Hancock 1943 before launch.
Ticonderoga  US Navy CV-14 Essex Fleet carrier 1944–1973 Ex-Hancock (CV-14).
Tinian  US Navy CVE-123CVE-123 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Completed 1946, but never commissioned
Tonowek Bay  US Navy CVE-104CVE-104 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Munda 1943 before construction began.
Totem Bay  US Navy CVE-111CVE-111 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Vella Gulf 1944 before launch.
Tracker  Royal Navy D24 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4]
Trailer  Royal Navy D80 Attacker Escort carrier 1943–1943 [notes 4] Ex-USS Block Island. Renamed to HMS Hunter 1943.
Tripoli  US Navy CVE-064CVE-64 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1958 Ex-Didrickson Bay.
Triumph  Royal Navy R16 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1975
Trocadero Bay  US Navy CVE-119CVE-119 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Point Cruz 1944 before construction began.
Trouncer  Royal Navy D85 Bogue Escort carrier 1944–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Perdido.
Trumpeter  Royal Navy D09 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1946 [notes 4] Ex-USS Bastian.
Tulagi  US Navy CVE-072CVE-72 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Fortaleza Bay.
Ulitaka Bay  US Navy CVE-091CVE-91 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Makassar Strait 1943 before construction began.
Ulyanovsk  Soviet Navy Ulyanovsk Supercarrier n/a Ex-Kremlin. Under construction 1988-1991, never completed.
Unicorn  Royal Navy I72 Light aircraft carrier,
Aircraft repair ship
1943-1946, 1949-1953
United States  US Navy CV-58CVA-58 United States Supercarrier n/a Laid down April 18, 1949, cancelled five days later.
United States  US Navy CV-75CVN-75 Nimitz Supercarrier[notes 1] n/a Renamed Harry S. Truman 1992 after launch.
Unryū  Japanese Navy Unryū Fleet carrier 1944-1944 Sunk by USS Redfish on 19 December 1944
Unyo  Japanese Navy Taiyō Escort carrier 1942–1944 Sunk by USS Barb 17 September 1944
Valley Forge  US Navy CV-45 Essex Fleet carrier 1946–1970
Varyag  Soviet Navy Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier n/a Ex-Riga. To Ukraine 1992 while still under construction.
Varyag  Ukrainian Navy Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier n/a From Soviet Union 1992, construction cancelled 1995. To China as Liaoning 1998.
Veinticinco de Mayo  Argentine Navy V-2 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1968–1997 Ex-Dutch Karel Doorman (R81) 1969.
Vella Gulf  US Navy CVE-111CVE-111 Commencement Bay Escort carrier 1945–1946 Ex-Totem Bay.
Venerable  Royal Navy R63 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1947 To Netherlands as Karel Doorman 1948.
Vengeance  Royal Navy R71 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1952 [notes 7]
Vengeance  Australian Navy R71 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1952–1955 [notes 7] On loan from the Royal Navy
Verdun  French Navy Attack carrier n/a Never laid down, cancelled 1961
Vermillion  US Navy CVE-052CVE-52 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Smiter.
Vermillion Bay  US Navy CVE-108CVE-108 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Kula Gulf 1943 before construction began.
Victorious  Royal Navy R38 Illustrious Fleet carrier 1941–1968
Vikramaditya  Indian Navy R33 Kiev Aircraft carrier 2013–present ex-Russian Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Suzuya Gorshkov.
Vikrant  Indian Navy R11 Majestic Light fleet carrier 1961–1997 Ex-HMS Hercules completed for India.
Vikrant  Indian Navy IAC-I Vikrant Aircraft carrier n/a Scheduled to commission 2018.
Vindex  Royal Navy D15 Nairana Escort carrier 1943–1947
Viraat  Indian Navy R22 Centaur Fleet carrier 1987–2017 ex-HMS Hermes.
Vishal  Indian Navy IAC-II Supercarrier n/a Planned. Scheduled to commission in 2025.
Wake Island  US Navy CVE-065CVE-65 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Dolomi Bay.
Warrior  Canadian Navy R31 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1946–1948 Ex-HMS Warrior. Returned to UK.
Warrior  Royal Navy R31 Colossus Light fleet carrier 1945–1946, 1948-1958 To Canada as HMCS Warrior. Returned to UK and thence to Argentina as Independencia.
Wasp  US Navy CV-07CV-7 Wasp Light carrier 1940–1942 Sunk 15 September 1942.
Wasp  US Navy CV-18 Essex Fleet carrier 1943–1972 Ex-Oriskany.
Weser  German Navy Aircraft carrier n/a 1942-1943 cruiser conversion, never completed.
White Plains  US Navy CVE-066CVE-66 Casablanca Escort carrier 1943–1946 Ex-Elbour Bay.
Willamette  US Navy CVE-114CVE-114 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Ex-Mosser Bay. Renamed Rendova at commissioning.
Willapa  US Navy CVE-053CVE-53 Bogue Escort carrier 1943–1944 [notes 3] Became HMS Puncher.
Willapa Bay  US Navy CVE-109CVE-109 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Cape Gloucester 1944 after construction began.
Windham Bay  US Navy CVE-092CVE-92 Casablanca Escort carrier 1944–1959
Winjah  US Navy CVE-054CVE-54 Bogue Escort carrier n/a [notes 3] Became HMS Reaper.
Winjah Bay  US Navy CVE-110CVE-110 Commencement Bay Escort carrier n/a Renamed Salerno Bay 1943 before construction began.
Wolverine  US Navy IX-64 Training carrier 1942–1945 Converted paddle-wheel steamer.
Woodcliff Bay  US Navy CVE-093CVE-93 Casablanca Escort carrier n/a Renamed Makin Island 1943 before construction began.
Wright  US Navy CV-49CVL-49 Saipan Light carrier 1947–1970
Yamashiro Maru  Japanese Army Yamashiro Maru Escort carrier 1945-1945 Tanker conversion. 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 Ex-Bon Homme Richard. Museum at Mount Pleasant, SC
Zuihō  Japanese Navy Zuihō Light carrier 1940–1944 Converted oiler, sunk by aircraft at Leyte Gulf 25 October 1944
Zuikaku  Japanese Navy Shōkaku Fleet carrier 1941–1944 Sunk by aircraft at Leyte Gulf 25 October 1944
Zuiun Maru  Japanese Army Yamashiro Maru Escort carrier n/a 1945 tanker conversion, never completed.

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References[edit]

  • Data for Japanese carriers from: Francillon, Rene (1979). Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 370 30251 6. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q 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 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 ad ae af ag Transferred to the United Kingdom under the Lend Lease program. Returned to the US after World War 2 ended.
  4. ^ 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 ad ae af ag ah ai aj Transferred from the United States under the Lend Lease program. Returned to the US after World War 2 ended.
  5. ^ a b c d e Transferred from the United States under the Lend Lease program.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Converted Grain carrier with added deck and hangar, still carried cargo but reduced capacity.
  7. ^ a b c HMS Vengeance loaned to Australia from 1952 to 1956 as HMAS Vengeance, sold to Brazil 1956 as Minas Gerais

Citations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Francillon, Rene (1979). Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Limited. ISBN 0 370 30251 6. 
  • "World Aircraft Carrier Lists". Haze Gray & Underway. 
  • Warrilow, Betty. Nabob, the first Canadian-manned aircraft carrier Owen Sound, Ont. : Escort carriers Association, 1989.
  • Busquets, C.; Campanera, A.; Coello, J.L. (1994). Los portaaviones españoles (in Spanish). Agualarga Editores. ISBN 84-88959-02-8. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Warrilow, Betty. Nabob, the first Canadian-manned aircraft carrier Owen Sound, Ont. : Escort Carriers Association, 1989.
  • Chesneau, Roger. Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present. An Illustrated Encyclopedia Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-902-2