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An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. Typically, it is the capital ship of a fleet, as it allows a naval force to project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for staging aircraft operations. Carriers have evolved since their inception in the early twentieth century from wooden vessels used to deploy balloons to nuclear-powered warships that carry numerous fighters, strike aircraft, helicopters, and other types of aircraft. While heavier aircraft such as fixed-wing gunships and bombers have been launched from aircraft carriers, it is currently not possible to land them. By its diplomatic and tactical power, its mobility, its autonomy and the variety of its means, the aircraft carrier is often the centerpiece of modern combat fleets. Tactically or even strategically, it replaced the battleship in the role of flagship of a fleet. One of its great advantages is that, by sailing in international waters, it does not interfere with any territorial sovereignty and thus obviates the need for overflight authorizations from third-party countries, reduces the times and transit distances of aircraft and therefore significantly increase the time of availability on the combat zone.

There is no single definition of an "aircraft carrier", and modern navies use several variants of the type. These variants are sometimes categorized as sub-types of aircraft carriers, and sometimes as distinct types of naval aviation-capable ships. Aircraft carriers may be classified according to the type of aircraft they carry and their operational assignments. Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, RN, former First Sea Lord (head) of the Royal Navy, has said, "To put it simply, countries that aspire to strategic international influence have aircraft carriers." Henry Kissinger, while United States Secretary of State, also said: "An aircraft carrier is 100,000 tons of diplomacy."

As of January 2021, there are 43 active aircraft carriers in the world operated by fourteen navies. The United States Navy has 11 large nuclear-powered fleet carriers—carrying around 80 fighter jets each—the largest carriers in the world; the total combined deck space is over twice that of all other nations combined. As well as the aircraft carrier fleet, the U.S. Navy has nine amphibious assault ships used primarily for helicopters, although these also carry up to 20 vertical or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) fighter jets and are similar in size to medium-sized fleet carriers. The United Kingdom and China each operate two aircraft carriers. France, India, and Russia each operate a single medium-size carrier with a capacity of 30 to 60 fighter jets. Italy operates two light fleet carriers and Spain operates one. Helicopter carriers are operated by Japan (4, two of which are being converted to operate V/STOL fighters), France (3), Australia (2), Egypt (2), South Korea (1), Thailand (1) and Brazil (1). Future aircraft carriers are under construction or in planning by Brazil, China, France, India, Russia, South Korea and the US.

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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transit the Western Pacific.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and...

WESTERN PACIFIC (Nov. 12, 2017) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transit the Western Pacific. The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reag... more

Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) cheer on the Navy during the Army vs. Navy football game.

Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) chee...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2013) Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) cheer on the Navy during the Army vs. Navy football game. The first Army vs. Navy game was in 1890, and Navy has ... more

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C., (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly b... more

Lt. Cmdr. Klas Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a flight in a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider

Lt. Cmdr. Klas Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a ...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C. (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), completes a flight in a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider. Ohman, one of only three m... more

An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a dedication ceremony, sponsored by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society in Yorktown.

An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) An historical marker for Aviation Field Yorktown was unveiled during a dedication ceremony, sponsored by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society in Yorktown. The historical Na... more

 Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Department of Aviation and Capt. Jerry O'Regan, commanding officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown unveil Aviation Field Yorktown's historical marker during its dedication.

Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Depar...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Betty Wilson, communication and education coordinator, Virginia Department of Aviation and Capt. Jerry O'Regan, commanding officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown unveil Aviation F... more

Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about the impact of Aviation Field Yorktown on the history of aviation during a ceremony unveiling an historic marker on the base.

Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about t...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Director of the Virginia War Museum, Dr. John Quarstein, talks about the impact of Aviation Field Yorktown on the history of aviation during a ceremony unveiling an historic marker... more

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly before its final flight.

A Sailor helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from...

Jockey\'s Ridge State Park, N.C., (Oct. 03, 2002) Lt. Cmdr. Klas "Santa" Ohman, from aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), helps move a replica of the 1902 Wright brothers' glider from a protective tent for assembly b... more

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan, speaks on the importance of remembering the history of Aviation Field Yorktown during a marker dedication.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan...

Yorktown, Va. (Oct. 03, 2006) Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Jerry O'Regan, speaks on the importance of remembering the history of Aviation Field Yorktown during a marker dedication. T... more

Bob Coolbaugh pilots a replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher Biplane on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

Bob Coolbaugh pilots a replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher Biplane on the ...

NORFOLK (Nov. 15, 2010) Retired Navy Cmdr. Bob Coolbaugh pilots a replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher Biplane on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The original aircraft was flow... more

A replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher is on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

A replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher is on the flight deck of the aircraf...

NORFOLK (Nov. 15, 2010) A replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher is on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The original aircraft was flown off the deck of the light cruiser USS Birmi... more

 A shooter signals to retired Cmdr. Bob Coolbauth, the pilot of a replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher

A shooter signals to retired Cmdr. Bob Coolbauth, the pilot of a repl...

NORFOLK (Nov. 15, 2010) A shooter signals to retired Cmdr. Bob Coolbauth, the pilot of a replica of a Curtiss-Ely Pusher, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The Curtiss-El... more

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sep. 11, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 prepare to land on the flight deck. Harry S. T... more

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag in foreground

Airplane landing on flight deck of aircraft carrier with American flag...

Title devised by cataloger. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at http://hdl.loc... more

Aircraft. Naval. The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" (F4U-1) Navy fighter, is one of the fastest warplanes in existence. Powered by a 2,000 horsepower Pratt and Whitney engine, it has a cruising speed in excess of 425 miles per hour. Its top speed is a military secret. Designed to protect the Navy's big bombers, the Corsair may be based on an aircraft carrier

Aircraft. Naval. The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" (F4U-1) Navy fighter, i...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Image source: Official U.S. Navy photo from OWI. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Ove... more

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hor...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 05, 2016) Sailors load an MK 82/BLU 111 500-pound bomb onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 on the flight deck of the Navy's only forwa... more

US Navy (USN) Commander (CDR) Mike Ginter, Operations Officer onboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), raffled off a ride in his World War II T-6 Texan aircraft for every 100 tickets sold in an effort to raise money for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Aviation Electronics Technician Timothy Bostic won the first raffle and is pictured above with US Navy (USN) Commander (CDR) Ginter piloting the aircraft over Jacksonville, Florida (FL)

US Navy (USN) Commander (CDR) Mike Ginter, Operations Officer onboard ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Jacksonville State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: US Navy (USN) Release Status: Released to Public... more

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash landing on carrier flight deck, June 21, 1943]

[Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash land...

Title from caption card and item. AM-CR-11-55053. Official U.S. Navy photo. This record contains unverified data from old caption card, with subsequent revisions. See printout for notes written by EBP. Unsure of source.

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Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on a Japanese frigate in the March 29, 1945 attack which cost the Japs nine ships, South China Sea

Two North American B-25's churn the water with hits and near misses on...

Photograph by U.S. Army A.A.F. No. 58062 AC. Title transcribed from item. Ira Clarence Eaker Collection.

[Navy fighter pilots in the ready room of their aircraft carrier before a strike somewhere in the Pacific in a recent battle operation]

[Navy fighter pilots in the ready room of their aircraft carrier befor...

U.S. Navy photo. No. 301763. From the collections of Encyclopedia Britannica.

The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

1945 ARC Identifier 12834 / Local Identifier 80-MC-5298. This film is a military documentary told from the point of view of the crew of the aircraft carrier the Fighting Lady -- a pseudonym for the Yorktown. Sc... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its fin...

San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2004) The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviati... more

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conduct a Foreign Object damage (FOD) walkdown in preparation for flight operations

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conduct a...

Iwo Jima, Japan (May. 17, 2003) In this aerial view, Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conduct a Foreign Object Damage (FOD) walkdown in preparation for flight operations as Mount Sur... more

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1) pass Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the ...

Pacific Ocean (May. 17, 2003) The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1) pass Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. During World ... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its fin...

San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2004) The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviati... more

The fully operational World War II (WWII) Victory Ship SS LANE VICTORY pulls into San Diego for Memorial Day weekend. The supply/troop transport vessel served with distinction and valor in the later part of WWII, Korea (Chosen Reservoir Operation) and Vietnam wars. VICTORY, built in Los Angeles in 1944, returned home after 44 years and now serves as a Maritime museum. Named after Isaac Lane, a black man who rose from slavery to become a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church and founded Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee (TN) in 1882. His granddaughter christened the ship in 1945. Berthed in the background is the US Navy (USN) Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

The fully operational World War II (WWII) Victory Ship SS LANE VICTORY...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don Fletcher, CIV, Usn Release Status: Released ... more

he aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) steams away from Mount Suribachi and the island of Iwo Jima

he aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) steams away from Mount Su...

The Pacific Ocean (May. 17, 2003) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) steams away from Mount Suribachi and the island of Iwo Jima, Japan. During World War II this island was the site of a significant... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its fin...

San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2004) The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway prepares to moor at its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviati... more

Director of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Sam Cox (right), Kate Morrand (middle), and Yoshiro Kishida (left) pose in front of the remains of a World War II F4U Corsair fighter-bomber.

Director of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Sam Cox (right),...

WASHINGTON (Mar. 22, 2015) Director of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Sam Cox (right), Kate Morrand (middle), Senior Conservator & Laboratory Manager of NHHC's Underwater Archaeology Branch, and Yosh... more

Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class Jessica Bishop prepares to hoist her grandfather's ensign on the 0-10 level aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class Jessica Bishop prepares to hoist her gran...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jun. 10, 2018) Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class Jessica Bishop prepares to hoist her grandfather's ensign on the 0-10 level aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). ... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway makes its way across the San Diego bay to its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway makes its way across the Sa...

San Diego, Calif (Jan. 10, 2004) The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway makes its way across the San Diego bay to its final resting place at Navy pier where it will become the largest museum devoted to carr... more

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Gerald R. Ford, Jr., Showing His Parents a Map of the Pacific Theater after Returning from Active Duty

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Gerald R. Ford, Jr., Showing His Pa...

This photograph depicts Lt. Commander Gerald Ford, Jr., showing his parents Dorothy Gardner Ford and Gerald R. Ford, Sr., a map of the Pacific Theater at their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is indicating t... more

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini Lagoon

Sinking of the USS Saratoga after the Baker Day Explosion over Bikini ...

Original caption: Deep Six for the Sara -- Gamely flashing the Big Three on her flight deck until the last, the gallant old aircraft carrier Saratoga is shown here just before she slid beneath the radio active ... more

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer Ted Hood

Aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, Sydney Harbour, 1948 / photographer...

Note the aerials and what looks like satellite dishes on the stern under the flight deck! Also an interesting photograph because the Wikipedia article on the carrier says she carried Douglas AD Skyraiders and ... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out...

Pensacola, Fla. (May. 15, 2006) The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time. It is planned that the ship will be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approxim... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out...

Pensacola, Fla. (May. 15, 2006) The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time. It is planned that the ship will be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approxim... more

Oriskany is towed to sea from Naval Air Station Pensacola

Oriskany is towed to sea from Naval Air Station Pensacola

Pensacola, Fla. (May. 15, 2006) P A proud Sailor who was once stationed aboard the Oriskany (CVA 34) looks on as the decommissioned aircraft carrier makes her final trip to sea while under tow. Oriskany is sche... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out...

Pensacola, Fla. (May. 15, 2006) The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time. It is planned that the ship will be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approxim... more

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time.

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out...

Pensacola, Fla. (May. 15, 2006) The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) is towed out to sea one final time. It is planned that the ship will be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approxim... more

CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVA 63  Kitty Hawk

CVA 63 Kitty Hawk

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CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

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CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CVA 33  Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33  Kearsarge-146690]

CVA 33 Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33 Kearsarge-146690]

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

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CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

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CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

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CVA 36  Antietam

CVA 36 Antietam

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CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

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CVA 19  Hancock

CVA 19 Hancock

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CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA 20  Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20  Bennington-152107]

CVA 20 Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20 Bennington-152107]

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CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

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CVA 10  Yorktown

CVA 10 Yorktown

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CVE-118  Sicily

CVE-118 Sicily

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CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

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CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

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CVA 16  Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16  Lexington-154397]

CVA 16 Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16 Lexington-154397]

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CVA 43  Coral Sea [19-NN-CVA 43  Coral Sea-158497]

CVA 43 Coral Sea [19-NN-CVA 43 Coral Sea-158497]

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CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

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CV 9  Essex

CV 9 Essex

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVE-115  Bairoko

CVE-115 Bairoko

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVL-92  Windham Bay

CVL-92 Windham Bay

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-341A-9]

CVA 14 Ticonderoga [19-NN-CVA 14 Ticonderoga-341A-9]

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CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

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CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVA 60  Saratoga

CVA 60 Saratoga

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CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

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CVA 33  Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33  Kearsarge-146688]

CVA 33 Kearsarge [19-NN-CVA 33 Kearsarge-146688]

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA 20  Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20  Bennington-158196]

CVA 20 Bennington [19-NN-CVA 20 Bennington-158196]

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CVA 10  Yorktown

CVA 10 Yorktown

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVA 16  Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16  Lexington-154482]

CVA 16 Lexington [19-NN-CVA 16 Lexington-154482]

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141235]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141235]

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CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

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CVE-120  Mindoro

CVE-120 Mindoro

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

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