Aircraft Carriers by Country 2022

Massive in size, an aircraft carrier serves the military by acting as both a floating airport and floating storage for planes. Without a nearby air base, these ships have a flight deck and enough room to store, equip, maintain, refuel, and deploy aircraft of their own accord.

Aircraft carriers and the many functions they perform

As a result of their vast carrying capacity and high mobility, both types of aircraft carriers are essential in contemporary warfare.

For example, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is a United States Navy supercarrier capable of transporting and deploying more than 75 aircraft, providing huge surveillance, support, and combat capabilities almost anywhere on the planet.

Modern nuclear-powered ships can produce up to 400,000 gallons of fresh water daily and last for decades without refueling.

Humanitarian organizations may benefit from aircraft carriers during times of peace. Helped in the relief operations of tsunamis in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina assistance, and the Haitian earthquake in 2010 with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Aircraft Carriers by Country 2022

Are there any countries in the world that have aircraft carriers?

It is predicted that by 2021, 46 aircraft and helicopter carriers will be in operation throughout the globe. Nearly all other nations combined have fewer aircraft and helo carriers than the United States, which has 11, followed by Japan with 4, and France with 4.

Eleven additional countries have a carrier, and others are in the works.

  • United States – 20 (11 aircraft carriers, 9 helo carriers)
  • France – 4 (1 aircraft carrier, 3 helo carriers)
  • Japan – 4 helo carriers (two of which are being converted to light aircraft carriers)
  • China – 3 (2 aircraft carriers, 1 helo carrier)
  • Italy – 2 aircraft carriers (one specialized for submarine hunting)
  • United Kingdom – 2 aircraft carriers
  • Australia – 2 helo carriers
  • Egypt – 2 helo carriers
  • South Korea – 2 helo carriers
  • India – 1 aircraft carrier
  • Russia – 1 aircraft carrier
  • Spain – 1 aircraft carrier/helo carrier (can be either)
  • Brazil – 1 helo carriers
  • Thailand – 1 helo carrier

Helicopter carriers vs. Aircraft carriers

Lists like this show that over half of the aircraft carriers we term aircraft carriers nowadays are helicopter carriers, despite their reputation for launching fixed-wing (or variable-wing) combat jets.

Amphibious assault ships, landing platform helicopter (LPH), landing helicopter assault (LHA), or landing helicopter dock (LHD) are some of the sub-type titles used to distinguish helo ships from their bigger counterparts.

In addition to dozens of fighter planes like the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or the T-45 Goshawk, traditional aircraft carriers often house many other aircraft types, including helicopters and specialized transport aircraft.

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Helicopter carriers, on the other hand, have a much higher percentage of helicopters in their fleets, which are supplemented by short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) or vertical and/or short take-off as well as landing (V/STOL) aircraft like the AV-8B Harrier II or the F-35B Lightning II, which are capable of taking off and landing vertically.

Several smaller carriers can play both roles depending on the size of their present air force. So, for example, while carrying a full 30 helicopters, Spain’s Juan Carlos I is a helo carrier; when carrying 10-12 helicopters and 10-12 planes, it is a light aircraft carrier (Harrier IIs or Lightning IIs).

A complete list of all aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers currently operational in the world:

CountryShip NameAircraft or Helicopter?Entered Service
United StatesGerald R. Ford (CVN-78)Aircraft carrier22 July 2017
United StatesNimitz (CVN-68)Aircraft carrier3 May 1975
United StatesDwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)Aircraft carrier18 October 1977
United StatesCarl Vinson (CVN-70)Aircraft carrier13 March 1982
United StatesTheodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)Aircraft carrier25 October 1986
United StatesAbraham Lincoln (CVN-72)Aircraft carrier11 November 1989
United StatesGeorge Washington (CVN-73)Aircraft carrier4 July 1992
United StatesJohn C. Stennis (CVN-74)Aircraft carrier9 December 1995
United StatesHarry S. Truman (CVN-75)Aircraft carrier25 July 1998
United StatesRonald Reagan (CVN-76)Aircraft carrier12 July 2003
United StatesGeorge H.W. Bush (CVN-77)Aircraft carrier10 January 2009
United StatesAmerica (LHA-6)Helicopter carrier11 October 2014
United StatesTripoli (LHA-7)Helicopter carrier15 July 2020
United StatesWasp (LHD-1)Helicopter carrier29 July 1989
United StatesEssex (LHD-2)Helicopter carrier17 October 1992
United StatesKearsarge (LHD-3)Helicopter carrier16 October 1993
United StatesBoxer (LHD-4)Helicopter carrier11 February 1995
United StatesBataan (LHD-5)Helicopter carrier20 September 1997
United StatesIwo Jima (LHD-7)Helicopter carrier30 June 2001
United StatesMakin Island (LHD-8)Helicopter carrier24 October 2009
FranceCharles de Gaulle (R91)Aircraft carrier18 May 2001
FranceMistral (L9013)Helicopter carrier1 February 2006
FranceTonnerre (L9014)Helicopter carrier1 December 2006
FranceDixmude (L9015)Helicopter carrier27 December 2012
JapanHyūga (DDH-181)Helicopter carrier18 March 2009
JapanIse (DDH-182)Helicopter carrier16 March 2011
JapanIzumo (DDH-183)Helicopter carrier25 March 2015
JapanKaga (DDH-184)Helicopter carrier22 March 2017
ChinaLiaoning (16)Aircraft carrier25 September 2012
ChinaShandong (17)Aircraft carrier17 December 2019
ChinaHainan (31)Helicopter carrier23 April 2021
ItalyCavour (C 550)Aircraft carrier27 March 2008
ItalyGiuseppe Garibaldi (C 551)Aircraft carrier30 September 1985
United KingdomQueen Elizabeth (R08)Aircraft carrier7 December 2017
United KingdomPrince of Wales (R09)Aircraft carrier10 December 2019
AustraliaCanberra (L02)Helicopter carrier28 November 2014
AustraliaAdelaide (L01)Helicopter carrier4 December 2015
EgyptGamal Abdel Nasser (1010)Helicopter carrier2 June 2016
EgyptAnwar El Sadat (1020)Helicopter carrier16 September 2016
IndiaVikramaditya (R33)Aircraft carrier16 November 2013
RussiaAdmiral Kuznetsov (063)Aircraft carrier21 January 1991
SpainJuan Carlos I (L-61)Helicopter carrier30 September 2010
BrazilAtlântico (A140)Helicopter carrier29 June 2018
South KoreaDokdo (LPH-6111)Helicopter carrier3 July 2007
South KoreaMarado (LPH-6112)Helicopter carrier28 June 2021
ThailandChakri Naruebet (911)Helicopter carrier10 August 1997

CountryTotal CarriersAircraft CarriersHelicopter Carriers2022 Population
United States20119334805.2690
United Kingdom22068497.9070
South Korea20251329.8990

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