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Aircraft carriers served in The United States Navy
since world war 2

The United States declared war on Japan following the attack of 7 December 1941 on Pearl Harbor. The two nations revolutionized naval warfare in the course of the next four years; several of the most important sea battles were fought without either fleet coming within sight of the other.

Most of the fleet carriers were built according to prewar designs, but the demand for air protection was so intense that two new classes were developed: light carriers (designated CVL), built on modified cruiser hulls, and escort carriers (CVE), whose main function was to protect Atlantic convoys from German U-boats.

USS Midway
During the postwar period, carrier technology made many advances. The angled flight deck, first used by the Royal Navy, was adopted in 1953.
The first "supercarrier" was commissioned in 1955 (although an earlier plan had been canceled by the Secretary of Defense), and the first nuclear-powered carrier in 1961, all during the Cold War.

Also, a record for crossing the Pacific Ocean was set by a U.S. Navy carrier during the Korean War. Carriers recovered spacecraft after splashdown, including the Mercury-Redstone 3 and Apollo 11 missions.

Aircraft carriers in service

USS Nimitz
USS John F. Kennedy(CV 67) 7 Sep 1968 / 23 Mar 2007 --Active
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) 3 May 1975 / -- Active
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) 18 Oct 1977 / -- Active
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) 13 Mar 1982 / -- Active
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
25 Oct 1986 / -- Active
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) 11 Nov 1989 / -- Active
USS George Washington (CVN 73) 4 July 1992 / -- Active
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) 9 Dec 1995 / -- Active
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 July 1998 / -- Active
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) 12 July 2003 / -- Active
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) -- / -- Active
Complete list of aircraft carriers served in
The US Navy since world war 2 included escort carriers
Ecort Carriers served in The United States Navy since word war 2

Fate of aircrafts carriers in the US Navy


List of aircraft carriers served in the United States Navy since world war 2
(escort carriers not listed)

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Abraham Lincoln : CVN-72 Nimitz class supercarrier
Altamaha : Bogue class escort carrier
America : CV-66 Kitty Hawk class supercarrier
Antietam CV-36 : Essex class fleet carrier

Barnes : Bogue class escort carrier
Bataan : CVL-29 Independence class light carrier
Belleau: Wood ICVL-24ndependence class light carrier
Bennington: CV-20 Essex class fleet carrier
Bismarck Sea: Casablanca class escort aircraft carrier
Block Island Bogue class escort aircraft carrier.
Bogue Bogue class escort carrier.
Bon Homme Richard CV-31 Essex class fleet carrier
Boxer CV-21 Essex class fleet carrier
Bunker Hill CV-17 Essex class fleet carrier

Cabot CVL-28 Independence class light carrier
Carl Vinson : CVN-70 Nimitz class supercarrier
Casablanca Casablanca class escort carrier
Commencement Bay: Commencement Bay clas
s escort carrier
Constellation : CV-64 Kitty Hawk class supercarrier
Coral Sea CVB-43 Midway class fleet carrier
Cowpens :CVL-25 Independence class light carrier
Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 Nimitz class supercarrier

Enterprise (CV-6): Yorktown class fleet carrier
Enterprise (CV-65) : supercarrier
Essex CV-9 Essex class aircraft carrier

Forrestal:CV-59 Forrestal class supercarrier
Franklin CV-13 Essex-class
Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB-42 Midway-class

George H. W. Bush : CVN-77 Nimitz class supercarrier
under construction,
George Washington :CVN-73 Nimitz class supercarrier

Hancock CV-19 Hancock Essex class fleet carrier,
Harry S. Truman CVN-75 Nimitz class supercarrier
Hornet CV-8Yorktown class fleet carrier
Hornet CV-12 Essex class fleet carrier

Independence (CVL-22) Independence class light carrier
Independence (CV-62) Forrestal class supercarrier
Intrepid CV-11 Essex class fleet carrier

John C. Stennis : CVN-74 Nimitz class supercarrier
John F. Kennedy : CV-67Modified Kitty Hawk class

Kearsarge : CV-33 Essex class fleet carrier
Kitty Hawk : CV-63 Kitty Hawk class supercarrier

Lake Champlain : CV-39 Essex class fleet carrier
Langley CV-1 light aircraft carrier and seaplane tender
Langley: CVL-27 Independence class light carrier
Lexington CV-16 Essex class fleet carrier
Lexington CV-2 Lexington class fleet carrier
Leyte CV-32 Essex class fleet carrier
Long Island Long Island class escort carrier

Midway : CVB-41 Midway class aircraft carrie
Monterey :CVL-26 Independence class light carrier

Nimitz CVN-68 Nimitz class supercarrie

Oriskany CV-34 Essex class fleet carrier

Philippine Sea: CV-47 Essex class fleet carrier
Princeton :CVL-23 Independence class light carrier
Princeton : CV-37 PrincetonEssex class aircraft carrier

Randolph CV-15 Essex class fleet carrier
Ranger CV-4 Ranger class aircraft carrier
Ranger CV-61 Forrestal class supercarrie
Ronald Reagan CVN-76 Nimitz class Supercarrier

Saipan CVL-48 Saipan class light carrier
San Jacinto CVL-30 Independence class light carrier
Saratoga CV-3 Lexington class fleet carrier
Saratoga CV-60 Forrestal class supercarrier
Shangri-La CV-38 Essex class fleet carrier

Tarawa CV-40 Essex class fleet carrier
Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 Nimitz class supercarrier
Ticonderoga CV-14 Essex class fleet carrier

Valley ForgeCV-45 Essex class fleet carrier

Wasp (CV-7) Aircraft carrier
Wasp (CV-18) Essex class fleet carrier
Wright CVL-49 Saipan class light carrier
Wolverine Aircraft carrie

Yorktown (CV-5) Yorktown class aircraft carrier.
Yorktown (CV-10) Essex class aircraft carrier

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