List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy

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This list of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy (ten are active) includes all types in the main hull numbering sequence, consisting of those commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion)) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion)). All units after CVA-58 are supercarriers.

For the smaller escort aircraft carriers (CVE), please see list of escort aircraft carriers of the United States Navy.

For grouping by class, please see list of aircraft carrier classes of the United States Navy.

For airship aircraft carriers, please see list of airships of the United States Navy.

List

# Name Commissioned Class Status
CV-1 Langley 1922 Langley-class, lead ship Sunk, 27 February 1942 65 nm south of Cilacap, Java
CV-2 Lexington 1927 Lexington-class, lead ship Sunk, 8 May 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea
CV-3 Saratoga 1927 Lexington-class Sunk, 25 July 1946 in Operation Crossroads as a nuclear test target
CV-4 Ranger 1934 Ranger-class, lead ship Decommissioned: 18 October 1946. Scrapped 1947
CV-5 Yorktown 1937 Yorktown-class, lead ship Sunk, 7 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway
CV-6 Enterprise 1938 Yorktown-class Decommissioned: 17 February 1947. Scrapped 1960
CV-7 Wasp 1940 Wasp-class, lead ship Sunk, 15 September 1942 during the Guadalcanal campaign
CV-8 Hornet 1941 Yorktown-class Sunk, 27 October 1942 in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
CV-9 a, c, d Essex 1942 Essex-class, lead ship Decommissioned: 30 June 1969. Scrapped 1975
CV-10 a, c, d Yorktown 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 27 June 1970. Preserved, Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime MuseumMount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA
CV-11 b, c, d Intrepid 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 15 March 1974. Preserved, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew York, New York, USA
CV-12 a, c, d Hornet 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 26 June 1970. Preserved, USS Hornet MuseumAlameda, California, USA
CV-13  Franklin 1944 Essex-class Decommissioned: 17 February 1947. Scrapped 1966
CV-14 b, c, d Ticonderoga 1944 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 1 September 1973. Scrapped 1975
CV-15 a, c, d Randolph 1944 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 13 February 1969. Scrapped 1975
CV-16 b, c, f Lexington 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 8 November 1991. Preserved, USS Lexington Museum On the BayCorpus Christi, Texas, USA
CV-17  Bunker Hill 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 9 January 1947. Scrapped 1973
CV-18 a, c, d Wasp 1943 Essex-class Decommissioned: 1 July 1972. Scrapped 1973
CV-19 b, c Hancock 1944 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 30 January 1976. Scrapped 1976
CV-20 a, c, d Bennington 1944 Essex-class Decommissioned: 15 January 1970. Scrapped 1994
CV-21 e Boxer 1945 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 1 December 1969. Scrapped 1971
CVL-22 Independence 1943 Independence-class light carrier, lead ship Nuclear test target in Operation Crossroads, July 1946. Decommissioned: 28 August 1946. Scuttled 29 January 1951
CVL-23 Princeton 1943 Independence-class Sunk, 24 October 1944, Battle of Leyte Gulf
CVL-24 Belleau Wood 1943 Independence-class Transferred to France as Bois Belleau (R97) (1953–1960). Returned to U.S. Scrapped 1960
CVL-25 Cowpens 1943 Independence-class Decommissioned: 13 January 1947. Scrapped 1960
CVL-26 Monterey 1943 Independence-class Decommissioned: 16 January 1956. Scrapped 1971
CVL-27 Langley 1943 Independence-class Transferred to France as La Fayette (R96) (1951–1963). Returned to U.S. Scrapped 1964
CVL-28 Cabot 1943 Independence-class Transferred to Spain as Dédalo (R-01) (1967–1989). Returned to the U.S. Scrapped 2002
CVL-29 Bataan 1943 Independence-class Decommissioned: 9 April 1954. Scrapped 1961
CVL-30 San Jacinto 1943 Independence-class Decommissioned: 1 March 1947. Scrapped 1972
CV-31 b, c Bon Homme Richard 1944 Essex-class Decommissioned: 2 July 1971. Scrapped 1992
CV-32 d Leyte 1946 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 15 May 1959. Scrapped 1970
CV-33 a, c, d Kearsarge 1946 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 13 February 1970. Scrapped 1974
CV-34 a, b, c Oriskany 1950 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 30 September 1976. Scuttled as an artificial reef, May 2006 in the Gulf of Mexico1
CV-35 Reprisal Canceled
(August 12, 1945)
Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled while under construction. Hull launched in 1946 and used for experiments and explosive tests. Scrapped 1949
CV-36 d Antietam 1945 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 8 May 1963. Scrapped 28 February 1974
CV-37 e Princeton 1945 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 30 January 1970. Scrapped 1971
CV-38 b, c, d Shangri-la 1944 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 30 July 1971. Scrapped 1988
CV-39 a,d Lake Champlain 1945 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 2 May 1966. Scrapped 1972
CV-40 d Tarawa 1945 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 13 May 1960. Scrapped 1968
CVB-41 b, c Midway 1945 Midway-class, lead ship Decommissioned: 11 April 1992. Preserved, USS Midway MuseumSan Diego, California, USA
CVB-42 b, c Franklin D. Roosevelt 1945 Midway-class Decommissioned: 30 September 1977. Scrapped 1978
CVB-43 b, c Coral Sea 1947 Midway-class Decommissioned: 26 April 1990. Scrapped 2000
CVB-44 Canceled Midway-class Canceled
CV-45 e Valley Forge 1946 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 15 January 1970. Scrapped 1971
CV-46 Iwo Jima Canceled
(August 12, 1945)
Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled while under construction. Scrapped 1946
CV-47 d Philippine Sea 1946 Essex-class (extended bow) Decommissioned: 28 December 1958. Scrapped 1971
CVL-48 Saipan 1946 Saipan-class, lead ship Converted to USS Arlington (AGMR-2) 1966. Decommissioned: 14 January 1970. Scrapped 1976
CVL-49 Wright 1947 Saipan-class Converted to USS Wright (CC-2) 1963. Decommissioned: 27 May 1970. Scrapped 1980
CV-50 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CV-51 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CV-52 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CV-53 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CV-54 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CV-55 Canceled Essex-class (extended bow) Canceled
CVB-56 Canceled Midway-class Canceled
CVB-57 Canceled Midway-class Canceled
CVA-58 United States Canceled
(April 23, 1949)
United States–class supercarrier, lead ship Canceled five days after the ship's keel was laid down
CV-59 Forrestal 1955 Forrestal-class supercarrier, lead ship Decommissioned 11 September 1993. Sold for scrapping in Brownsville, Texas.234
CV-60 Saratoga 1956 Forrestal-class supercarrier Decommissioned 20 August 1994. To be dismantled. Currently at NAVSTA Newport (Rhode Island);5 docked at Pier Two, Middletown, RI
CV-61 Ranger 1957 Forrestal-class supercarrier Decommissioned 10 July 1993. On donation hold, docked at NISMF, Bremerton, WA
CV-62 Independence 1959 Forrestal-class supercarrier Decommissioned 30 September 1998. Awaiting disposal, docked at NISMF, Bremerton, WA
CV-63 Kitty Hawk 1961 Kitty Hawk–class supercarrier, lead ship Decommissioned 12 May 2009. In reserve until 2015, docked at NISMF, Bremerton, WA
CV-64 Constellation 1961 Kitty Hawk–class supercarrier Decommissioned 6 August 2003. Awaiting disposal, docked at NISMF, Bremerton, WA
CVN-65 Enterprise 1961 Enterprise-class supercarrier, lead ship Inactive 1 December 2012. Anticipated decommissioning 2015.
Awaiting defueling, docked at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA.6
Slated for disposal6
CV-66 America 1965 Kitty Hawk–class supercarrier Decommissioned 9 August 1996. Scuttled in 2005 as a live-fire test platform
CV-67 John F. Kennedy 1968 Kennedy-class supercarrier, lead ship Decommissioned 1 August 2007. On donation hold, docked at NISMF, Philadelphia, PA.
CVN-68 in active service Nimitz 1975 Nimitz-class supercarrier, lead ship Active; Homeport: Naval Station Everett, Everett, Washington
CVN-69 in active service Dwight D. Eisenhower 1977 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
CVN-70 in active service Carl Vinson 1982 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California
CVN-71 in active service Theodore Roosevelt 1986 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
CVN-72 in active service Abraham Lincoln 1989 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
CVN-73 in active service George Washington 1992 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan
CVN-74 in active service John C. Stennis 1995 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington
CVN-75 in active service Harry S. Truman 1998 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
CVN-76 in active service Ronald Reagan 2003 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California
CVN-77 in active service George H.W. Bush 2009 Nimitz-class supercarrier Active; Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford 20157 Ford-class supercarrier, lead ship Floated in dry dock 2013; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia
CVN-79 John F. Kennedy ~20207 Ford-class supercarrier First steel cut; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia
CVN-80 Enterprise6 ~20257 Ford-class supercarrier Planned; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia

(† = in active service)

a): converted for jets, hydraulic catapults, 1950–54
b): converted for jets, steam catapults, 1954–59
c): converted to angled deck, 1956–59
d): retasked to ASW (CVS), 1953–69
e): converted to amphibious assault ship, LPH, 1959
f): converted for training, CVT, 1969

Training ships

USS Sable

During World War II, the United States Navy purchased two Great Lakes side-wheel paddle steamers and converted them into freshwater aircraft carrier training ships. Both vessels were designated with the hull classification symbol IX (Unclassified Miscellaneous) and lacked hangar decks, elevators or armaments. The role of these ships was for the training of pilots for carrier take-offs and landings.8 Together the Sable and Wolverine trained 17,820 pilots in 116,000 carrier landings. Of these, 51,000 landings were on Sable.9

# Name Commissioned Class Status
IX-64 Wolverine 1942 Training ship Decommissioned: 7 November 1945. Scrapped 1947
IX-81 Sable 1943 Training ship Decommissioned: 7 November 1945. Scrapped 1948

Active

USS Enterprise with USS Long Beach and USS Bainbridge.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

The active carriers of the US Navy

Active Nimitz-class carriers:

Under construction

Under-construction Gerald R. Ford–class aircraft carriers:

Aircraft-carrier museums

See: U.S. Navy Museum#Aircraft-carrier museums

See also

References

  1. ^ Navy Ex-Aircraft Carrier Sunk, ‘Reefed’ off Pensacola
  2. ^ Navy Awards Contract for ex-Forrestal Scrapping, Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication, October 22, 2013
  3. ^ "Carrier sells for a penny". CNN. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Departure time set for USS Forrestal". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/CV60.htm
  6. ^ a b c "USS Enterprise: Past Present And Future". The Official US Navy Blog. US Navy. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Ronald O'Rourke (26 July 2012). "Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress". Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "IX-64 Wolverine". Global Securtiy.org. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Greater Buffalo & The U.S.S. Sable". WNY Heritage Press. 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 

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