The United States maintains the largest modern carrier force in the world - Italy and Spain are the only nations to field more than one aircraft carrier. China joined the ranks of the few when they debuted their first aircraft carrier in 2012. For the purposes of the GFP ranking, Helicopter Carriers are not included as they lack the overall capabilities inherent in "flat-top" carriers when launching farther-reaching fixed-wing aircraft. Landlocked nations are not penalized for the lack of a standing naval force. Aircraft carriers currently (as of 2013) under construction are excluded.
Aircraft Carrier strength data through 2012.
Sources: US Library of Congress; CIA.gov/CIA World Factbook; EIA.gov; wikipedia.com; energy.eu; SIPRI.org. Some values estimated based on factors available when official sources are lacking.
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