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  • Total Aircraft Carrier Strength by Country


    The mighty aircraft carrier remains an instrumental and effective battlefield component for several world powers.

    The United States fields the largest modern carrier force in the world and very few nations field more than one example. For the purposes of the GFP ranking, Helicopter Carriers are included in this listing alongside conventional deck carriers due to their growing popularity worldwide. Landlocked nations are not penalized for the lack of a standing naval force but those powers with clear access to oceans are penalized for lacking a carrier force. Aircraft carriers currently under construction (as of 2016) are excluded.


    The aircraft carrier remains a nation's "symbol of strength" on the ocean and is a sought-after component of several emerging powers such as China and Turkey. Expensive to maintain and operate, powers that manage to field aircraft carriers are typically limited to a single example or fewer than five - the United States Navy being the one clear exception.


    The data presented below is through 2017.


    1
    19  
    United States
    USA
    2
    4  
    France
    FRA
    3
    4  
    Japan
    JPN
    4
    3  
    India
    IND
    5
    2  
    United Kingdom
    UKD
    6
    2  
    Spain
    SPA
    7
    2  
    Italy
    ITA
    8
    2  
    Australia
    AUS
    9
    2  
    Egypt
    EGP
    10
    1  
    South Korea
    SKO
    11
    1  
    Thailand
    THA
    12
    1  
    China
    CHN
    13
    1  
    Russia
    RUS
    14
    0  
    Denmark
    DEN
    15
    0  
    Slovenia
    SLV
    16
    0  
    Peru
    PER
    17
    0  
    Ecuador
    ECU
    18
    0  
    Bolivia
    BOL
    19
    0  
    Sudan
    SUD
    20
    0  
    Germany
    GER
    21
    0  
    Iran
    IRN
    22
    0  
    Pakistan
    PAK
    23
    0  
    Canada
    CAN
    24
    0  
    Nicaragua
    NIC
    25
    0  
    Latvia
    LAT
    26
    0  
    Georgia
    GEO
    27
    0  
    Greece
    GRE
    28
    0  
    Lebanon
    LEB
    29
    0  
    Israel
    ISR
    30
    0  
    Norway
    NOR
    31
    0  
    Finland
    FIN
    32
    0  
    Turkey
    TUR
    33
    0  
    Venezuela
    VEN
    34
    0  
    North Korea
    NKO
    35
    0  
    Indonesia
    INO
    36
    0  
    Mexico
    MEX
    37
    0  
    Saudi Arabia
    SAR
    38
    0  
    Taiwan
    TAI
    39
    0  
    Libya
    LIB
    40
    0  
    Syria
    SYR
    41
    0  
    Argentina
    ARG
    42
    0  
    Ivory Coast
    IVC
    43
    0  
    Algeria
    ALG
    44
    0  
    New Zealand
    NWZ
    45
    0  
    Portugal
    POR
    46
    0  
    Kuwait
    KUW
    47
    0  
    Qatar
    QTR
    48
    0  
    Chile
    CHI
    49
    0  
    Albania
    ALB
    50
    0  
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BOS
    51
    0  
    Malaysia
    MLY
    52
    0  
    Turkmenistan
    TKM
    53
    0  
    Philippines
    PHI
    54
    0  
    Guatemala
    GUA
    55
    0  
    Brazil
    BRA
    56
    0  
    Cambodia
    CMB
    57
    0  
    Belgium
    BEL
    58
    0  
    Croatia
    CRO
    59
    0  
    Lithuania
    LIT
    60
    0  
    Estonia
    EST
    61
    0  
    Kazakhstan
    KAZ
    62
    0  
    Azerbaijan
    AZR
    63
    0  
    Bangladesh
    BAN
    64
    0  
    Sri Lanka
    SRL
    65
    0  
    Oman
    OMA
    66
    0  
    Angola
    ANG
    67
    0  
    Laos
    LAO
    68
    0  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    DRC
    69
    0  
    Uganda
    UGA
    70
    0  
    Madagascar
    MAD
    71
    0  
    Cameroon
    CAM
    72
    0  
    Cuba
    CUB
    73
    0  
    Dominican Republic
    DOM
    74
    0  
    Republic of the Congo
    ROC
    75
    0  
    El Salvador
    ESL
    76
    0  
    Gabon
    GAB
    77
    0  
    Honduras
    HON
    78
    0  
    Myanmar
    MYA
    79
    0  
    Sierra Leone
    SIE
    80
    0  
    Suriname
    SUR
    81
    0  
    Namibia
    NAM
    82
    0  
    Bulgaria
    BUL
    83
    0  
    Panama
    PAN
    84
    0  
    Yemen
    YEM
    85
    0  
    Mauritania
    MAU
    86
    0  
    United Arab Emirates
    UAE
    87
    0  
    Uruguay
    URU
    88
    0  
    Paraguay
    PAR
    89
    0  
    Poland
    POL
    90
    0  
    Sweden
    SWE
    91
    0  
    Ukraine
    UKR
    92
    0  
    South Africa
    SAF
    93
    0  
    Singapore
    SIN
    94
    0  
    Jordan
    JOR
    95
    0  
    Netherlands
    NET
    96
    0  
    Nigeria
    NIG
    97
    0  
    Iraq
    IRQ
    98
    0  
    Vietnam
    VTN
    99
    0  
    Colombia
    COL
    100
    0  
    Kenya
    KEN
    101
    0  
    Bahrain
    BAH
    102
    0  
    Morocco
    MOR
    103
    0  
    Tunisia
    TUN
    104
    0  
    Ghana
    GHA
    105
    0  
    Somalia
    SOM
    106
    0  
    Serbia
    SER
    107
    0  
    Tanzania
    TAN
    108
    0  
    Mozambique
    MOZ
    109
    0  
    Romania
    ROM