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FLEET AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

Class Statistics

Class  #  Hull Class  #  Hull
Langley 1 CV 1 Independence 9 CVL 22–30
Lexington 2 CV 2-3 Midway 3 CVB 41–43
Ranger 1 CV 4 Saipan 2 CVL 48-49
Yorktown 2 CV 5-6 Enterprise 1 CVAN 65
Wasp 1 CV 7 Forrestal 4 CVA 59–62
Hornet 1 CV 8 Kitty Hawk 4 CVA 63, 64, 66-67
Essex 24 CV 9–21, 31–35, 37–40, 45,  47
* note 1
Nimitz 9 CVN 68–76

 

 Hull Name Builder
*note 2
Date Commission Date Decommission
or Loss
Designation &
Change Date
Remarks

Langley Class

CV 1 Langley MINY 20 Mar 1922 27 Feb 1942 AV-3, 21 Apr 1937 Lost enemy action

Lexington Class

CV 2 Lexington BETHQ 14 Dec 1927 8 May 1942   Lost enemy action
CV 3 Saratoga NYSB 16 Nov 1927   Expended 26 Jul 1946
Operation Crossroads, Bikini

Ranger Class

CV 4 Ranger NN 4 Jun 1934 18 Oct 1946   Stricken 29 Oct 1946
Scrapped 31 Jul 1947

Yorktown Class

CV 5 Yorktown NN 30 Sep 1937 7 Jun 1942   Lost enemy action
CV 6 Enterprise NN 12 May 1938 17 Feb 1947 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Aug 1953
Stricken 2 Oct 1956
Scrapped 1 Jul 1958

Wasp Class

CV 7 Wasp BETHQ 25 Apr 1940 15 Sep 1942   Lost enemy action

Hornet Class

CV 8 Hornet NN 20 Oct 1941 26 Oct 1942   Lost enemy action

Essex Class

CV 9 Essex NN 31 Dec 1942
1 Feb 1951
9 Jan 1947
30 Jun 1969
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Mar 1960
Stricken 15 Jun 1975
CV 10 Yorktown NN 15 Apr 1943
2 Jan 1953
9 Jan 1947
27 Jun 1970
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Sep 1957
Stricken 1 Jun 1973
Museum, Charleston SC
CV 11 Intrepid NN 16 Aug 1943
18 Jun 1954
22 Mar 1947
15 Mar 1974
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 31 Mar 1962
Museum, New York NY
CV 12 Hornet NN 29 Nov 1943
1 Oct 1953
15 Jan 1947
26 May 1970
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 27 Jun 1958
Stricken 25 Jul 1989
Museum, Alameda CA
CV 13 Franklin NN 31 Jan 1944 17 Feb 1947 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Aug 1953
Stricken 10 Oct 1964
CV 14 Ticonderoga NN 8 May 1943
1 Oct 1954
9 Jan 1947
1 Sep 1973
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 21 Oct 1969
Stricken 16 Nov 1973
CV 15 Randolph NN 8 May 1944
1 Jul 1953
24 Feb 1948
13 Feb 1969
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 31 Mar 1959
Stricken 1 Jun 1973
CV 16 Lexington BETHQ 17 Feb 1943
1 Sep 1955
23 Apr 1947
8 Nov 1991
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Oct 1962
CVT, 1 Jan 1969
AVT, 1 Jul 1978
Stricken 30 Nov 1991
CV 17 Bunker Hill BETHQ 24 May 1943 Jan 1947 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Aug 1953
Stricken 1 Nov 1966
Elec. Test Ship to Nov 1972
Scrapped 1973
CV 18 Wasp BETHQ 24 Nov 1943
28 Sep 1951
17 Feb 1947
1 Jul 1972
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Nov 1956
Stricken 1 Jul 1972
Scrapped 21 May 1973
CV 19 Hancock BETHQ 15 Apr 1944
1 Mar 1954
9 May 1947
30 Jan 1976
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CV, 30 Jun 1975
Stricken 31 Jan 1976
CV 20 Bennington NYNY 6 Aug 1944
30 Nov 1951
8 Nov 1946
15 Jan 1970
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 30 Jun 1959
Stricken 1989
CV 21 Boxer NN 16 Apr 1945 1 Dec 1969 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Feb 1956
LPH- 4, 30 Jan 1959
Stricken 1 Dec 1969

Independence Class

CVL 22 Independence NYSB 14 Jan 1943 28 Aug 1946   Expended 29 Jan 1951
Bikini Weapons Test
CVL 23 Princeton NYSB 23 Feb 1943 24 Oct 1944   Lost enemy action
CVL 24 Belleau Wood NYSB 31 Mar 1943 13 Jan 1947   French Bois Belleau 1953-60
Stricken 1 Oct 1960
CVL 25 Cowpens NYSB 28 May 1943 13 Jan 1947 AVT-1, 15 May 1959 Stricken 1 Nov 1959
CVL 26 Monterey NYSB 17 Jun 1943 11 Feb 1947 AVT-2, 15 May 1959 Stricken 1 Jun 1970
CVL 27 Langley NYSB 31 Aug 1943 11 Feb 1947   French Lafayette 1951-63
Sold 19 Feb 1964
CVL 28 Cabot NYSB 24 Jul 1943
27 Oct 1948
11 Feb 1947
21 Jan 1955
AVT-3, 15 May 1959 Stricken 1 Nov 1959
Spanish Dedalo 30 Aug 1967
Returned to US 1989
CVL 29 Bataan NYSB 17 Nov 1943
13 May 1950
11 Feb 1947
9 Apr 1954
AVT-4, 15 May 1959 Stricken 1 Sep 1959
CVL 30 San Jacinto NYSB 15 Dec 1943 1 Mar 1947 AVT-5, 15 May 1959 Stricken 1 Jun 1970

Essex Class

CV 31 Bon Homme
Richard
NYNY 26 Nov 1944
1 Nov 1955
9 Jan 1947
2 Jul 1971
CVA, 1 Oct 1952 Stricken 1989
CV 32 Leyte NN 11 Apr 1946 15 May 1959 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Aug 1953
Stricken 1 Jan 1969
CV 33 Kearsarge NYNY 2 Mar 1946
1 Mar 1952
16 Jun 1950
13 Feb 1970
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Oct 1958
Stricken 1 May 1973
CV 34 Oriskany NYNY 25 Sep 1950 16 May 1976 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CV, 30 Jun 1975
Stricken 25 July 1989 
Sunk 17 May 2006 off Pensacola FL
CV 35 Reprisal NYNY   Cancelled 12 Aug 1945
CV 36 Antietam PHNY 28 Jun 1945 8 May 1963 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 8 Aug 1953
Angled deck prototype
Stricken 1 May 1973
CV 37 Princeton PHNY 18 Nov 1945
28 Aug 1950
21 Jun 1949
30 Jan 1970
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Jan 1954
LPD-5, 2 Mar 1959
Stricken 30 Jan 1970
CV 38 Shangri-La NORNY 15 Sep 1944
1 Feb 1955
7 Nov 1947
30 Jul 1971
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 30 Jun 1969
Stricken 15 Jul 1982
CV 39 Lake Champlain NORNY 3 Jun 1945
19 Sep 1952
17 Feb 1947
2 May 1966
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Aug 1957
Stricken 1 Dec 1969
CV 40 Tarawa NORNY 8 Dec 1945
3 Feb 1951
30 Jun 1949
13 May 1960
CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 10 Jan 1955
AVT-12, 17 Apr 1961
Stricken 1 Jan 1967

Midway Class

CVB 41 Midway NN 10 Sep 1945 11 Apr 1992 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CV, 30 Jun 1975
Stricken 17 Mar 1997
Museum, San Diego CA
CVB 42 Franklin D.
Roosevelt
NYNY 27 Oct 1945 1 Oct 1977 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CV, 30 Jun 1975
Original name Coral Sea
Stricken 30 Sep 1977
CVS 43 Coral Sea NN 1 Oct 1947 26 Apr 1990 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CV, 30 Jun 1975
Scrapped 1993
CVS 44 -     Cancelled 11 Jan 1943

Essex Class

CV 45 Valley Forge PHNY 3 Nov 1946 13 Jan 1970 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 1 Jan 1954
LPH-8, 1 Jul 1961
Stricken 15 Jan 1970
CV 46 Iwo Jima NN   Cancelled 11 Aug 1945
CV 47 Philippine Sea BETHQ 11 may 1946 28 Dec 1958 CVA, 1 Oct 1952
CVS, 15 Nov 1955
AVT-11, 15 May 1959
Stricken 1 Dec 1969

Saipan Class

CVL 48 Saipan NYSB 14 Jul 1946
27 Aug 1966
3 Oct 1957
14 Jan 1970
AVT-6, 15 May 1959
AGMR-2, 8 Apr 1965
Renamed Arlington (AGMR-2)
Stricken 15 Aug 1975
CVL 49 Wright NYSB 9 Feb 1947
11 May 1963
15 Mar 1956
22 May 1970
AVT-7, 15 May 1959
CC-2, 11 May 1963
Stricken 1 Dec 1970

Cancelled

CV 50-55 -     Cancelled Mar 1945
CVB 56-57 -     Cancelled Mar 1945
CVA 58 United States NN   Cancelled 23 Apr 1949

Forrestal Class

CVA 59 Forrestal NN 1 Oct 1955 30 Sep 1993 CV, 30 Jun 1975
AVT, 4 Feb 1992
Stricken ?date
@ Newport RI
CVA 60 Saratoga NYNY 14 Apr 1956 20 Aug 1994 CV, 20 Jun 1975 Stricken 30 Sep 1994
@ Newport RI
CVA 61 Ranger NN 10 Aug 1957 10 Jul 1993 CV, 20 Jun 1975 Reserve @ Bremerton WA
CVA 62 Independence NYNY 10 Jan 1959 30 Sep 1998 CV, 20 Jun 1975 Reserve @ Bremerton WA

Kitty Hawk Class

CVA 63 Kitty Hawk NYSB 29 Apr 1961 12 May 2009 CV, 29 Apr 1975 Reserve @ Bremerton WA
CVA 64 Constellation NYNY 27 Oct 1961 29 Sept 2003 CV, 20 Jun 1975 Reserve @ Bremerton WA

Enterprise Class

CVAN 65 Enterprise NN 24 Nov 1961   CVN, 20 Jun 1975 01 Dec 2012 Inactive Status
@ Norfolk VA

Kitty Hawk Class

CVA 66 America NN 23 Jan 1965 9 Aug 1996 CV, 20 Jun 1975 Stricken Sep 1998
Sunk 2005
CVA 67 John F. Kennedy NN 7 Sep 1968 30 Sep 2007 CV, 29 Apr 1975 Reserve @ Philadelphia PA

Nimitz Class

CVAN 68 Nimitz NN 3 May 1975   CVN, 20 Jun 1975 Active - Bremerton WA
CVN 69 Dwight D. Eisenhower NN 18 Oct 1977   Active - Norfolk VA
CVN 70 Carl Vinson NN 13 Mar 1982   Active - San Diego CA
CVN 71 Theodore Roosevelt NN 25 Oct 1986   Active - Norfolk VA
CVN 72 Abraham Lincoln NN 11 Nov 1989   Yard - Newport News VA
CVN 73 George Washington NN 4 Jul 1992   Active - Yokosuka JP
(Yard 2016 ?)
CVN 74 John C. Stennis NN 9 Dec 1995   Active - Bremerton WA
CVN 75 Harry S. Truman NN 25 Jul 1998   Active - Norfolk VA
Trivia - Anchors from CV 59
CVN 76 Ronald Reagan NG 12 July 2003   Active - San Diego CA
(to Yokosuka JP 2015)
CVN 77 George H. W. Bush NG 10 Jan 2009     Active - Norfolk VA
CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford HII (est. Sep 2015)    
CVN 79 John F. Kennedy HII (est. 2022)  
CVN 80 Enterprise HII (est. 2025)  

 

 Notes:
1. Essex class CV,  # 14, 15, 19, 21, 32, 34, 36–40, 45 and 47 are sometimes referred to as "long-hull" Essex class or Ticonderoga class.
These carriers length over all (loa) were 888 feet while the standard Essex class were 872 feet loa.
2. Building Shipyard:
ASB American Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia PA NN Newport News Shipbuilding, VA
BETHQ Bethlehem, Quincy (Fore River) MA NORNY Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA
BETHSI Bethlehem, Staten Island NY NYNY New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
CIW Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR NYSB New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden NJ
DET Detroit Shipbuilding, Detroit MI PHNY Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA
FED Federal, Kearny NJ PSNY Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton WA
ING
LITT
Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula MS
Litton, Pascagoula MS
SUN Sun Shipbuilding, Chester PA
K Kaiser, Vancouver WA SEATAC
TODD
Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle WA
Todd Pacific, Seattle WA
MINY Mare Island Navy Yard, Mare Island CA WILL Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland OR
NN
NG
HII
Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News VA
Northrop Grumman, Newport News VA
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News VA
WP Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco CA
 
References:
Print:
Chesneau, Roger (ed.); Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946; Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1988.
Fahey; The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet;  Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, various years.
Friedman, Norman; U.S. Aircraft Carriers, An Illustrated Design History; Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1983
Polmar, Norman; The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, various editions.
Silverstone, Paul H.; US Warships of World War 2, Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1988.
US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence; US Naval Vessels 1943; Naval Institute Press, 1986.
US Navy; Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Washington DC, Government Printing Office, various years.
US Navy; Naval Aviation News; Jan-Feb 1997
 
Web pages:
Carrier Images
Carrier Insignia
United States Navy Aircraft Carriers December 07, 1941
Private shipyards in WW2  Off Site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Off Site
Inventory of Naval Vessels Off Site
Where are the carriers? Off Site
 

 

 
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