List of aircraft carriers in service

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This is a list of aircraft carriers which are currently in service, under maintenance or refit, in reserve, under construction, or being updated. An aircraft carrier is a warship with a full-length flight deck, hangar and facilities for arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.[1] The list only refers to the status of the ship, not availability or condition of an air wing. This includes helicopter carriers and also amphibious assault ships, if the vessel's primary purpose is to carry, arm, deploy, and recover aircraft.

Summary[edit]

Country Navy Commissioned In reserve Undergoing trials Under construction Ordered Planned
 Brazil  Brazilian Navy 01 1[2] 0 0 0 0 1
 China  People's Liberation Army Navy 01 1[3] 0 1 1[4][5][6][7] 0 1
 Egypt  Egyptian Navy 02 2[8] 0 0 0 0 0
 France  French Navy 04 4[9] 0 0 0 0 0
 India  Indian Navy 01 1[10] 0 0 1[11] 0 5
 Italy  Italian Navy 04 5[12] 0 0 1 0 0
 Japan  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 03 4 0 0 0 0 0
 Russia  Russian Navy 01 1[13] 0 0 0 0 2
 South Korea  Republic of Korea Navy 01 1 0 1 0 0 2
 Spain  Spanish Navy 01 1 0 0 0 0 0
 Thailand  Royal Thai Navy 01 1[14] 0 0 0 0 0
 Turkey  Turkish Naval Forces 0 0 0 1 0 0
 United Kingdom  Royal Navy 02 1[15][16] 0 0 1[17] 0 0
 United States  United States Navy 20 0 0 2[18] 2 15

Commissioned carriers[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Classification Commissioned
 Brazil Atlântico (A140) 203.4 203.4 m (667 ft) 021500 21,500 t Ocean Conventional VTOL Landing platform helicopter 2018 29 June[19]
 China Liaoning (16) 304 304 m (997 ft) 059100 59,100 t Type 001 (Kuznetsov[20]) Conventional STOBAR Fleet carrier 25 September 2012[3]
 Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser (1010) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 t Mistral Conventional VTOL Landing helicopter dock 2 June 2016
 Egypt Anwar El Sadat (1020) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 t Mistral Conventional VTOL Landing helicopter dock 16 September 2016
 France Charles de Gaulle (R91) 262 262 m (860 ft) 042000 42,000 t Charles de Gaulle Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 18 May 2001
 France Mistral (L9013) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 t Mistral Conventional VTOL Landing helicopter dock 1 February 2006
 France Tonnerre (L9014) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 t Mistral Conventional VTOL Landing helicopter dock 1 December 2006
 France Dixmude (L9015) 199 199 m (653 ft) 021300 21,300 t Mistral Conventional VTOL Landing helicopter dock 27 December 2012
 India Vikramaditya (R33)[11] 283 283 m (928 ft) 045400 45,400 t Kiev Conventional STOBAR Fleet carrier 16 November 2013[21]
 Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551) 180 180 m (590 ft) 013850 13,850 t Giuseppe Garibaldi Conventional STOVL Anti-submarine warfare carrier 30 September 1985
 Italy Cavour (C 550) 244 244 m (801 ft) 027100 27,100 t[22] Cavour Conventional STOVL Fleet carrier 27 March 2008
 Japan Izumo (DDH-183) 248 248 m (814 ft) 027000 27,000 t Izumo Conventional VTOL Helicopter destroyer 25 March 2015
 Japan Kaga (DDH-184) 248 248 m (814 ft) 027000 27,000 t Izumo Conventional VTOL Helicopter destroyer 22 March 2017
 Japan Hyūga (DDH-181) 197 197 m (646 ft) 019000 19,000 t Hyūga Conventional VTOL Helicopter destroyer 18 March 2009
 Japan Ise (DDH-182) 197 197 m (646 ft) 019000 19,000 t Hyūga Conventional VTOL Helicopter destroyer 16 March 2011
 Russia Admiral Kuznetsov (063) 306 305 m (1,001 ft) 055200 55,200 t Kuznetsov Conventional STOBAR Heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser 21 January 1991
 South Korea Dokdo (LPH-6111) 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 t Dokdo Conventional VTOL Landing platform helicopter 3 July 2007
 Spain Juan Carlos I (L-61) 231 231 m (758 ft) 026000 26,000 t Juan Carlos I Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 30 September 2010
 Thailand Chakri Naruebet (911) 183 183 m (600 ft) 011486 11,486 t Principe de Asturias Conventional STOVL Fleet carrier (since 2006 used as a helicopter landing platform) 10 August 1997
 United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth (R08) 280 280 m (920 ft) 065000 65,000 t Queen Elizabeth Conventional STOVL Aircraft carrier 7 December 2017
 United States Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)[23] 337 337 m (1,106 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 22 July 2017
 United States Nimitz (CVN-68) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100020 100,020 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 3 May 1975
 United States Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 103200 103,200 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 18 October 1977
 United States Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 102900 102,900 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 13 March 1982
 United States Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 106300 106,300 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 25 October 1986
 United States Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105783 105,783 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 11 November 1989
 United States George Washington (CVN-73) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105900 105,900 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 4 July 1992
 United States John C. Stennis (CVN-74) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105000 105,000 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 9 December 1995
 United States Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 105600 105,600 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 25 July 1998
 United States Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 103000 103,000 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 12 July 2003
 United States George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 104000 104,000 t Nimitz Nuclear CATOBAR Fleet carrier 10 January 2009
 United States America (LHA-6) 257.3 257.3 m (844 ft) 045000 45,000 t America[18] Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter assault 11 October 2014[24]
 United States Wasp (LHD-1) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040532 40,532 t Wasp[18] Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 29 July 1989
 United States Essex (LHD-2) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040650 40,650 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 17 October 1992
 United States Kearsarge (LHD-3) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040500 40,500 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 16 October 1993
 United States Boxer (LHD-4) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040722 40,722 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 11 February 1995
 United States Bataan (LHD-5) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040358 40,358 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 20 September 1997
 United States Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040500 40,500 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 15 August 1998
 United States Iwo Jima (LHD-7) 257 257 m (843 ft) 040530 40,530 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 30 June 2001
 United States Makin Island (LHD-8) 258 258 m (846 ft) 041649 41,649 t Wasp Conventional STOVL Landing helicopter dock 24 October 2009

Carriers in reserve[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commissioned Decommissioned Status
 Brazil São Paulo (A12) 265 265 m (869 ft) 032800 32,800 t Clemenceau Conventional CATOBAR 15 November 2000 14 February 2017 Out of service
 India Viraat (R22) 227 227 m (745 ft) 028700 28,700 t Centaur Conventional STOVL 20 May 1987 6 March 2017 Awaiting disposal

Carriers undergoing sea trials[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commissioned Status
 China Shandong (17)[25] 315 m (1,033 ft) 70,000 t[26] Type 001A Conventional[27] STOBAR[27] 2020 (planned)[27] Undergoing sea trials
 South Korea Marado (LPH-6112) 199 199 m (653 ft) 018800 18,800 t Dokdo Conventional VTOL 2020 (planned) Undergoing sea trials

Carriers under construction or being fitted out[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commissioned Status
 China TBD TBD 085000 85,000 t Type 002 Conventional CATOBAR[28] 2023 (planned) Under construction [6]
 China TBD 250 250 m (820 ft) 040000 40,000 t Type 075 Conventional VTOL 2020 (planned) Under construction [7]
 Italy Trieste 245 245 m (804 ft) 32306 32,306 t Trieste Conventional STOVL[29] 2022 (planned) Under construction
 India Vikrant (IAC-I)[11] 262 262 m (860 ft) 040000 40,000 t Vikrant Conventional STOBAR 2020 (planned) Fitted out [30]
 Turkey Anadolu (L-408)[31] 231 232 m (761 ft) 026000 26,000 t Juan Carlos I variant Conventional STOVL 2021 (planned) Under construction
 United Kingdom Prince of Wales (R09)[17] 280 280 m (920 ft) 06500065,000 t Queen Elizabeth Conventional STOVL 2020 (planned) Under construction
 United States John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)[32] 337 337 m (1,106 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2020 (planned) Under construction
 United States Enterprise (CVN-80) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2025 (planned) Under construction [23]
 United States Tripoli (LHA-7) 257.3 257.3 m (844 ft) 045000 45,000 t America Conventional STOVL 2019 (planned) Under construction

Carriers ordered[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commissioned Notes
 United States TBD (CVN-81) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2030 (planned) [33][34]
 United States TBD (CVN-82) 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR 2034 (planned) [33][34]
 United States Bougainville (LHA-8) 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL 2024 (planned) [35]

Other planned carriers[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Length Tonnage Class Propulsion Type Commissioned
 Brazil TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 2029+ (planned) [36]
 China TBD TBD 110,000 t Type 003 TBD CATOBAR TBD
 India Vishal (IAC-II)[37] TBD 065000 65,000 t [38][39] Vikrant Conventional [40] CATOBAR 2030s (planned) [41]
 India TBD 215 m (705 ft) 030000 30,000 t Multi-Role Support Vessel[42][43] Conventional STOVL TBD
 India TBD 215 m (705 ft) 030000 30,000 t Multi-Role Support Vessel[42][43] Conventional STOVL TBD
 India TBD 215 m (705 ft) 030000 30,000 t Multi-Role Support Vessel[42][43] Conventional STOVL TBD
 India TBD 215 m (705 ft) 030000 30,000 t Multi-Role Support Vessel[42][43] Conventional STOVL TBD
 Russia Shtorm 330 330 m (1,080 ft) 100000 100,000 t Shtorm TBD STOBAR 2025+ (planned)
 Russia Priboi[44] TBD 14,000 tons Priboi Conventional STOVL 2019 (planned)
 Singapore TBD TBD TBD Modified Endurance-class[45] Conventional STOVL TBD
 South Korea TBD [46] 244 244 m (801 ft) 030000 30,000 t TBD Conventional STOVL 2028–2036 (planned) [46]
 South Korea TBD [46] 244 244 m (801 ft) 030000 30,000 t TBD Conventional STOVL 2028–2036 (planned) [46]
 United States TBD (CVN-83) [34] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR TBD
 United States TBD (CVN-84) [34] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR TBD
 United States TBD (CVN-85) [34] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR TBD
 United States TBD (CVN-86) [34] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR TBD
 United States TBD (CVN-87) [34] 333 333 m (1,093 ft) 100000 100,000 t Gerald R. Ford Nuclear CATOBAR TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-9) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-10) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-11) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-12) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-13) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-14) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-15) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD
 United States TBD (LHA-16) [35] 244 257 m (843 ft) 045693 45,693 t America Conventional STOVL TBD

Carriers currently being updated[edit]

Country Name (hull number) Class Propulsion Commissioned shipyard Date Started Date Completed
 USA USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Nimitz Nuclear July 25, 1998 TBD TBD TBD

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