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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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Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) form a message with five stars and "1890-1990" to celebrate the birth centennial of the ship's namesake

Crewmen on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Lauderdale State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Doug Hauser Release Status: Released to P... More

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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

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deckk of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy prepares to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy ascends after briefly ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing signal officers station as it prepares to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy passes the landing sig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) after being waved off. The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landing aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy passes over the flight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy lifts off after briefl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent after briefly touching down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy begins its ascent afte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in tough-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy approaches the flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America. A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14A Tomcat aircraft is in the foreground

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft passes over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft passes over the nuclear-powe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy prepares to touch down...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine navy briefly touches down o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly touch down on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The plane is taking part in touch-and-go landings aboard the LINCOLN during the vessel's circumnavigation of South America

A Super Etendard aircraft of the Argentine Navy comes in to briefly to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America. A Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114) F-14 A aircraft is in the foreground

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft approaches the flight deck o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The aircraft is taking part in touch-and-go operations aboard the LINCOLN during the ship's circumnavigation of South America

An Argentine navy Super Etendard aircraft lands on the nuclear-powered...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Tommy Lynaugh Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CVA 21  Boxer

CVA 21 Boxer

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

CVA(N) 68 Chester W. Nimitz

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-24  Beeleau Wood

CVL-24 Beeleau Wood

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CVE-115  Bairoko

CVE-115 Bairoko

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

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CVA 45  Valley Forge [19-NN-CVA 45  Valley Forge-142687]

CVA 45 Valley Forge [19-NN-CVA 45 Valley Forge-142687]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141466]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141466]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 39  Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39  Lake Champlain-141463]

CVA 39 Lake Champlain [19-NN-CVA 39 Lake Champlain-141463]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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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  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA 41  Midway

CVA 41 Midway

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CVA 43  Coral Sea [19-NN-CVA 43  Coral Sea-159601]

CVA 43 Coral Sea [19-NN-CVA 43 Coral Sea-159601]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

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

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

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

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CVL-26  Monterey

CVL-26 Monterey

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CV 33  Keasarge

CV 33 Keasarge

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-106  Block Island

CVE-106 Block Island

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

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CV 33  Keasarge

CV 33 Keasarge

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

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CVE-119  Point Cruz

CVE-119 Point Cruz

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CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-155786]
CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

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

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

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CVA 36  Antietam

CVA 36 Antietam

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CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

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CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

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CVA 19  Hancock

CVA 19 Hancock

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CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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

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

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CV 18

CV 18

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CVA  66 America

CVA 66 America

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CVA 34 Oriskany

CVA 34 Oriskany

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CVA 39  Champion

CVA 39 Champion

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CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-155268]
CVA  67 John F. Kennedy

CVA 67 John F. Kennedy

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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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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CV 31  Bonne Homme Richard [19-NN-CV 31  Bonne Homme Richard-136765]

CV 31 Bonne Homme Richard [19-NN-CV 31 Bonne Homme Richard-136765]

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVL-28  Cabot

CVL-28 Cabot

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CVA 21  Boxer

CVA 21 Boxer

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVE-116  Badoeng Strait

CVE-116 Badoeng Strait

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels

CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt [19-NN-CVA 42  Franklin D. Roosevelt-155266]
CVA  65 Enterprise

CVA 65 Enterprise

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CVA 64  Constellation

CVA 64 Constellation

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CVA 61  Ranger

CVA 61 Ranger

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