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List of aircraft carriers
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List of aircraft carriers

This is a list of aircraft carriers in the world's navies. It includes present (as of 2004) vessels as well as former vessels and those planned or under construction. Dates given are launching dates.

BU - broken up

Table of contents
1 Argentina
2 Australia
3 Brazil
4 Canada
5 France
6 Germany
7 India
8 Italy
9 Japan
10 Netherlands
11 Russia
12 Spain
13 Thailand
14 United Kingdom
15 United States
16 References

Argentina

Retired:

Australia

Australia's last aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 1982. The current Sydney and Melbourne are guided missile frigates, and the current Albatross is a naval base on land near Nowra. Small carriers are occassionally proposed.

Retired:

Brazil

Retired:

Canada

Canada's last aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 1970. Also, Canada's first two carriers were technically ships of the Royal Navy, and were thus "HMS" (His Majesty's Ships) instead of "HMCS". The UK technically owned the ships, and the RN's Fleet Air Arm provided the aircraft and aircrew, however the ship's crew were mostly from the Royal Canadian Navy.

Retired:

France

Planned:

Retired:

Germany

Retired (World War II):

India

There are plans for a total of three carriers.

Under construction:

Retired:

Italy

Under construction:

Retired:

Japan

(none; four Osumi class amphibious helicopter-capable ships are being built)

Retired (World War II era):

(Only Hosho, Junyo, Kumano Maru, and Ryuho survived the war and these were scrapped by 1948.)

Netherlands

(none; three amphibious helicopter-capable ships are being built)

Retired:

Russia

Retired (USSR):

Spain

Retired:

Thailand

United Kingdom

Planned:

Retired:

United States

Under construction:

Retired:

See list of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy for all US carriers past and present.

References