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1 Enterprise (CVN-65) (): Unique nuclear-powered supercarrier in service since 1961 4825
2 Nimitz (): 104,000 ton Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier in active service, commissioned 3 May 1975. 2195
3 Ronald Reagan (): 104,000 ton Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in active service, commissioned 12 July 2003. 1659
4 Abraham Lincoln (): Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier; commissioned in 1989; currently in service 1435
5 John F. Kennedy (): Modified Kitty Hawk class supercarrier in service from 1968–2007 1318
6 George Washington (): 104,000 ton Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier in active service, commissioned 4 July 1992. 1299
7 Enterprise (CV-6) (): Yorktown class fleet carrier commissioned from 1938 to 17 February 1947 1240
8 Varyag ( - - ): Admiral Kuznetsov class STOBAR aircraft carrier; Former Riga; launched in 1988; later owned by Ukraine and sold to the People's Republic of China for use as entertainment complex and transferred there in 2002 1226
9 Kitty Hawk (): 80,000 ton Kitty Hawk class supercarrier, commissioned 21 April 1961 and retired on 31 January 2009). 1185
10 Viraat (): Former HMS Hermes; purchased in 1986 1109
11 John C. Stennis (): Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier in service since 1995 1077
12 Vikrant (Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (Project 71) (): 40,000 ton aircraft carrier Under construction; planned commissioning in 2012. Two will be built. 1070
13 Vikramaditya (): Former Admiral Gorshkov planned to enter service in 2012 1037
14 Invincible (): 20,600 ton Invincible class aircraft carrier commissioned 11 July 1980. Decommissioned 3 August 2005. 947
15 Georges Pompidou (): (tentative name) modified version of UK Queen Elizabeth class design 912
16 Admiral Gorshkov ( - ): Kiev class hybrid aircraft-carrying cruiser; commissioned in 1982 as Baku, renamed in 1990, and retired in 1996; sold to India to become INS Vikramaditya 904
17 Dwight D. Eisenhower (): 104,000 ton Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier in active service, commissioned 18 October 1977. 897
18 Midway (): Midway class aircraft carrier, commissioned 1945 to 1992; now a museum ship 894
19 Illustrious (): 20,600 ton Invincible class aircraft carrier commissioned 20 June 1982. 888
20 Carl Vinson (): Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier; commissioned in 1982; currently in active service 877
21 Harry S. Truman (): 104,000 ton Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier in active service, commissioned 25 July 1998. 813
22 Ulyanovsk () (-) (not completed) BU 1992. A sister ship was probably planned. 784
23 Ark Royal (): Invincible class STOVL carrier in service from 1985 775
24 Yorktown (CV-5) (): 19,900 ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier, commissioned 30 September 1937 through 7 June 1942 when sunk. 770
25 America (): Kitty Hawk class supercarrier; commissioned from 1965 to 1996 752
26 Chakri Naruebet (): Modified Principe de Asturias V/STOL aircraft carrier; commissioned 10 August 1997; currently in active service 750
27 Intrepid (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 16 August 1943 through 15 March 1974. Currently museum ship in New York City, NY. 747
28 Ark Royal (): Fleet carrier in service from 1939; sunk in 1941 727
29 Theodore Roosevelt (): Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier commissioned since 1986 682
30 Graf Zeppelin (): (1938) (not completed) - Captured by the USSR April 1945 but not used as a carrier. Sank after used as bomb & torpedo target by USSR, August 1947. 675
31 Hornet CV-12 (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 29 November 1943 through 26 June 1970. Currently a floating museum in Alameda, CA USA 670
32 Shinano () 668
33 Oriskany (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 25 September 1950 through 30 September 1975, scuttled as reef 17 May 2006, Florida. 660
34 Yorktown (CV-10) (): 27,500 ton Essex class aircraft carrier, commissioned 15 April 1943 through 27 June 1970, became a museum ship. 656
35 Independence (CV-62) (): 81,100 ton Forrestal class supercarrier, commissioned 10 January 1959 through 30 September 1998. 655
36 Melbourne (): Majestic class aircraft carrier commissioned 1955 to 1982 653
37 Principe de Asturias (): STOL carrier in service since 1988 632
38 Lexington (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned from 17 February 1943 through 8 November 1991. 620
39 Ark Royal (): Audacious class carrier in service from 1955 to 1978 568
40 Akagi (): Fleet carrier; converted Amagi class battlecruiser; commissioned in 1927; sunk at the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942 567
41 Lexington (): 33,000 ton Lexington class fleet carrier, commissioned from 14 December 1927 through 8 May 1942 when sunk. 562
42 Hermes () (1959): Centaur class aircraft carrier built in 1944-1959. In service until 1984 with Royal Navy, and then transferred to India as Viraat 512
43 Constellation (): Kitty Hawk class supercarrier; commissioned from 1961 to 2003 505
44 Wasp (CV-7) (): 14,700 ton unique aircraft carrier, commissioned 25 May 1940 through 15 September 1942 when sunk. 479
45 Hornet CV-8 (): 25,600 ton Yorktown class fleet carrier, commissioned 20 October 1941 and sunk 27 October 1942. 477
46 Langley (): 11,500 ton light aircraft carrier and seaplane tender, commissioned from 20 March 1922 through 27 February 1942 when sunk. 474
47 Furious () 437
48 Kaga (): 38,200 ton converted Tosa-class fast battleship hull, commissioned 17 November 1921. Sunk 4 June 1942, Battle of Midway. 428
49 United States (): 68,000 ton unique super-heavy aircraft carrier, laid down 18 April 1949, but cancelled 23 April 1949. 385
50 Ranger (): 14,500 ton aircraft carrier, commissioned 4 June 1934 through 18 October 1946, sold for scrap. 371
51 Victorious (): 29,000 ton Illustrious class aircraft carrier, commissioned 1941 to 1968. 360
52 Essex (): Essex class aircraft carrier commissioned from 1942 to 1969 359
53 Zuikaku (): sunk in 1944. 358
54 Coral Sea (): Midway class fleet carrier; commissioned from 1947 to 1990 344
55 Glorious (): 22,500 ton aircraft carrier, sunk June 8, 1940 318
56 Kiev (): (1972) BU 2000 china 316
57 Minsk (): Commissioned from 1975; towed to People's Republic of China in 1998 for use as casino 316
58 Bunker Hill (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 24 May 1943 through 9 January 1947. 295
59 Franklin (): Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned from 1944 to 1947 267
60 Franklin D. Roosevelt (): Midway class fleet carrier, commissioned from 1945 to 1977 248
61 Powerful (): Majestic class carrier 246
62 Eagle (): Audacious class aircraft carrier in service from 1951 to 1972 246
63 Ticonderoga (): Essex class fleet carrier commissioned 1944 to 1973 239
64 Hermes (): 10,850 ton aircraft carrier, sunk April 9, 1942 234
65 Eagle (): Aircraft carrier sunk in 1942 224
66 Independence (CVL-22) (): 11,000 ton Independence class light carrier, commissioned 14 January 1943 through 28 August 1946. 221
67 Hancock (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 15 April 1944 through 30 January 1976. 219
68 Princeton (): Independence class light carrier, commissioned in 1943 and sunk in 1944 216
69 HMCS Warrior (): (1944) - Returned to Britain 1948, sold to Argentina 1958 and renamed Independencia, BU 1971 214
70 Courageous (): Sunk in 1939 206
71 Wasp (CV-18) (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 24 November 1943 through 1 July 1972. 201
72 Aquila (): Converted liner Roma begun in 1941; construction stopped in 1943; broken up in the 1950s 184
73 Bulwark (): Centaur class aircraft carrier; launched in 1948; converted into a commando carrier in 1960 179
74 Bon Homme Richard ((): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 26 November 1941 through 2 July 1971. 166
75 Novorossiysk (): (1978) BU 1997 South Korea 163
76 Philippine Sea (): Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned from 1946 to 1958 151
77 Boxer (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 16 April 1945 through 1 December 1969. 149
78 Formidable (): Illustrious class carrier; commissioned from 1940 to 1947 147
79 Albion (): Centaur class aircraft carrier; launched in 1947; converted into a commando carrier in 1962; sold in 1973 146
80 Bismarck Sea (): 7800 ton Casablanca class escort aircraft carrier. Commissioned 20 May 1944 and sunk 21 February 1945 by kamikaze attack off Iwo Jima. 143
81 Lake Champlain (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 3 June 1945 through 2 May 1966. 140
82 Kearsarge (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 2 March 1946 through 13 February 1970. 138
83 Magnificent (): Commissioned 1946 to 1956 and returned to the Royal Navy in 1957 and placed in reserve; stricken in 1965 and scrapped 136
84 Cabot (): Independence class light carrier; commissioned from 1943 to 1955; transferred to Spain as Dédalo 133
85 Valley Forge (): Essex class fleet carrier; commissioned 1946 to 1970 128
86 Princeton (): Essex class aircraft carrier, commissioned from 1945 to 1970 128
87 Monterey (): Independence class light carrier; commissioned 1943 to 1956 121
88 Avenger (): Sunk in 1942 118
89 Vengeance ( - ): Colossus class light carrier commissioned 1945 to 1955 112
90 Bennington (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 6 August 1944 through 15 January 1970. 110
91 Randolph (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 9 October 1944 through 13 February 1969. 108
92 Belleau Wood (): 11,000 ton Independence class light carrier, commissioned 31 March 1943 through 13 January 1947, later transferred to France as Bois Belleau. 107
93 Bataan (): 11,000 Independence class light carrier, commissioned 17 November 1943 through 9 April 1954. 105
94 Moskva () 105
95 Cowpens (): Independence class light carrier; commissioned from 1943 to 1947 105
96 Langley (): 11,000 ton Independence class light carrier, commissioned 31 August 1943 through 11 February 1947, later transferred to France as La Fayette. 104
97 Indefatigable (): Implacable class aircraft carrier 103
98 Amagi (): Unryū class light fleet carrier; built in 1944; sunk in 1945 102
99 Ocean (): Colossus class aircraft carrier 102
100 Wolverine (): 7,200 ton unique aircraft carrier, commissioned 12 August 1942 through 1945. 96
101 Dasher (): 8200 ton aircraft carrier, sunk March 27, 1943 95
102 Leningrad () 94
103 Chitose (): sunk in 1944. 93
104 Antietam (): Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned from 1945 to 1963 93
105 Tarawa (): Essex class fleet carrier commissioned from 1945 to 1960 92
106 Attacker (): Bogue class escort carrier; former USS Barnes; commissioned from 1942 to 1946 when returned 89
107 Implacable (): Implacable class aircraft carrier 87
108 Seydlitz (): Converted cruiser, cancelled during conversion in 1943 86
109 Reprisal (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, laid down 1 July 1944 but cancelled 12 August 1945. 85
110 Bogue (): 9800 ton Bogue class escort carrier. Commissioned 26 September 1942. 84
111 Long Island (): 13,500 ton Long Island class escort carrier, commissioned 2 June 1941 through 26 March 1946. 83
112 Iwo Jima (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, construction cancelled 12 August 1945 and scrapped. 81
113 Shinyo () 77
114 Chiyoda () : Sunk 25 October 1944 77
115 Gotland (): 4,600 ton seaplane cruiser, originally planned as a through-deck seaplane carrier. Launched 1933, commissioned 1934 and converted into an anti-aircraft cruiser in 1944. 74
116 Katsuragi (): 28,300 ton Unryū-class carrier, commissioned 10 August 1944. Scrapped 1947. 73
117 Amagi (): Fleet carrier; converted Amagi class battlecruiser; destroyed in 1923 Great Kantō earthquake; 73
118 Block Island (): 9800 ton Bogue class escort aircraft carrier. Commissioned 8 March 1943 and sunk 29 May 1944 off the Canary Islands by U-549. 72
119 Sparviero (): Converted liner Augustus sunk during construction in 1944 67
120 Wright (): 14,500 ton Saipan class light carrier, commissioned 9 February 1947 through 27 May 1970. 64
121 Kaiyo (): ex-liner Argentina Maru, converted to 13,600 ton escort carrier in 1943. Scrapped 1946 to 1948. 62
122 Archer (): Long Island class escort aircraft carrier; commissioned in 1941; became Empire Lagan aircraft ferry in 1944; returned to the United States in 1946 61
123 Leyte (): 27,100 ton Essex class fleet carrier, commissioned 11 April 1946 through 15 May 1959. 60
124 Campania () 51
125 Joffre (): Joffre class fleet carrier never launched 48
126 Commencement Bay (): Commencement Bay class escort carrier 42
127 Biter (): Charger class escort carrier in service from 1940 to 1945 41
128 Akitsu Maru () launched 24 November 1941 sunk by USS Queenfish (SS-393) 15 November 1944 37
129 Battler (): 14,400 ton Bogue class escort carrier, former USS Altamaha, commissioned 31 October 1942 through 12 February 1946 when returned to the United States. 34
130 Nairana (): 11,420 ton aircraft carrier 34
131 PH 75 (): Planned nuclear-powered amphibious assault ship never laid down 32
132 Casablanca (): Casablanca class escort carrier; commissioned from 1943 to 1946 32
133 Vindex () 29
134 Verdun (): Planned attack carrier cancelled during development in 1961 27
135 Veinticinco de Mayo (): Colossus class aircraft carrier commissioned from 1968 to 1997 25
136 Independencia (): 18,300 ton Colossus class aircraft carrier. Purchased as HMS Warrior from the United Kingdom in 1958 and decommissioned 1970, broken up. 21
137 Dristigheten (): 2,270 ton seaplane tender. Converted from coastal defence ship in 1927-1928. 20
138 Empire MacAlpine (): Merchant Aircraft Carrier converted from a grain hauler 16
139 Shimane Maru () 16
140 Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman (Netherlands): (ex-British HMS Nairana, transferred in 1946) - Returned to Royal Navy for disposal in 1948 and replaced by HMS Venerable 14
141 Puncher (): Bogue class escort carrier commissioned from 1944 to 1946 10
142 Dixmude (): Charger class light carrier in service from 1945 to 1966 10
143 Myoho () 6
144 Campinas (): Seaplane carrier; launched 1896 and converted from merchant ship in 1915; fate unknown 5
145 Nigitsu Maru () 5
146 Europa (): (1895) (merchantman converted to seaplane carrier) stricken 1920 5
147 La Fayette (): 11,000 ton Independence class light carrier, former USS Langley, serving from 1951 through 1963. 5

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