hey,folks,i am wondering that how many Carriers are being used by the US navy?
by what i have found so far,there are totally 10.they are CVN-63(Kitty Hawk),and from
CVN-68 to CVN 77.
sometimes google or wiki gives the detailed info,so i have to ask u guys here.
Thanks for any reply!
Kitty hawk has been Decomed, dont forget Enterprise. so;
Active Enterprise-class carriers:
Active Nimitz-class carriers:
Bro Jangles has got an accurate list, but as a side note, have any of you ever considered that USN Amphibious Assault ships would be considered carriers if operated by any other nation? The eight ships of the Wasp class and the remaining two Tarawa class ships operate AV-8 Harrier fixed wing aircraft in addition to their helicopters. The coming America class LHA blurs the line between amphibious ships and aircraft carriers even more with its emphasis as an aviation platform. The F-35 program has certainly got its problems, but the F-35B STOVL version is going to bring an awful lot of capability to Navy amphibious ships.
If I'm remembering right, during OIF, USS Bataan and another LHD were used just as you described as Harrier carriers, with a few squadrons deployed.
It might not be as effective as a Principe de Asturias, but pound for pound still packs a bigger punch than Brazil's carrier for example.
EDIT: found the article http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=6475
Never stated they were CVs...In addition the USN has 10 LHA/LHDs..ships most other navies in the World call aircraft carriers.
Correct...If I'm remembering right, during OIF, USS Bataan and another LHD were used just as you described as Harrier carriers, with a few squadrons deployed.
I can state with 100% certainty that only one navy on this planet can do what these pictures demonstrate! The US Navy.
North Arabian Gulf (Apr. 20, 2003) – Bottom pic.. The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) moves into position as the amphibious assault ships of Commander, Task Force Fifty One (CTF-51) come together in an unprecedented formation during operations in the North Arabian Gulf. This marked the first time that six large deck amphibious ships from the East and West coasts have deployed together in one area of operation. Led by the flag ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1), the ships in the second row from bottom to top are USS Saipan (LHA 2) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3); and the third row of ships are USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). CTF-51 led Navy amphibious forces in the Arabian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 32 ships of CTF-51 composed the largest amphibious force assembled since the Inchon landing, during the Korean War. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Tom Daily. (RELEASED)
It is safe to say that the US has 11 "Supercarriers" a class no other country has meet, and which sways most americans concept on the CV, and 10 LHA/LHD's. Personally i always thought of the Amphibs as not carriers, but Amphibious support, but i guess technically the are "Aircraft Carriers".