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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.

Total Aircraft Carrier Strength by Country

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

OVERVIEW



The United States fields the largest modern carrier force in the world with few nations fielding more than a single example. THese vessel types are expensive to design, built, procure, and maintain and have long been the domain of top world defense powers. With each passing year, new players are entering the realm of a surface fleet built around the mighty aircraft carrier - China being a key example of this.

For the purposes of the GFP ranking, Helicopter Carriers are included in this listing alongside traditional fleet 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 element. Aircraft carriers currently under construction are excluded due to their inability to contribute to a present-day war effort.

The aircraft carrier remains a nation's "symbol of strength" on the high seas and is a sought-after component of several military powers such as China, Egypt, and Turkey. The United States Navy remains the clear leader in the field of aircraft carriers with its powerful nuclear-fueled fleet as well as its conventional-powered inventory. This allows the nation to field an impressive military presence anywhere in the world.

The data presented below is through 2018.


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National Flag Graphic
20
United States
USA
2
National Flag Graphic
4
Japan
JPN
3
National Flag Graphic
4
France
FRA
4
National Flag Graphic
2
Egypt
EGP
5
National Flag Graphic
2
United Kingdom
UKD
6
National Flag Graphic
2
Italy
ITA
7
National Flag Graphic
2
Australia
AUS
8
National Flag Graphic
1
Russia
RUS
9
National Flag Graphic
1
South Korea
SKO
10
National Flag Graphic
1
India
IND
11
National Flag Graphic
1
Thailand
THA
12
National Flag Graphic
1
China
CHN
13
National Flag Graphic
1
Spain
SPA
14
National Flag Graphic
0
Sudan
SUD
15
National Flag Graphic
0
Bolivia
BOL
16
National Flag Graphic
0
Ecuador
ECU
17
National Flag Graphic
0
Germany
GER
18
National Flag Graphic
0
Iran
IRN
19
National Flag Graphic
0
Pakistan
PAK
20
National Flag Graphic
0
Peru
PER
21
National Flag Graphic
0
Canada
CAN
22
National Flag Graphic
0
Denmark
DEN
23
National Flag Graphic
0
Georgia
GEO
24
National Flag Graphic
0
Slovenia
SLV
25
National Flag Graphic
0
Israel
ISR
26
National Flag Graphic
0
Turkmenistan
TKM
27
National Flag Graphic
0
Lebanon
LEB
28
National Flag Graphic
0
Norway
NOR
29
National Flag Graphic
0
Philippines
PHI
30
National Flag Graphic
0
Belgium
BEL
31
National Flag Graphic
0
Greece
GRE
32
National Flag Graphic
0
Finland
FIN
33
National Flag Graphic
0
Turkey
TUR
34
National Flag Graphic
0
Venezuela
VEN
35
National Flag Graphic
0
North Korea
NKO
36
National Flag Graphic
0
Indonesia
INO
37
National Flag Graphic
0
Mexico
MEX
38
National Flag Graphic
0
Saudi Arabia
SAR
39
National Flag Graphic
0
Taiwan
TAI
40
National Flag Graphic
0
Libya
LBY
41
National Flag Graphic
0
Syria
SYR
42
National Flag Graphic
0
Argentina
ARG
43
National Flag Graphic
0
Guatemala
GUA
44
National Flag Graphic
0
Algeria
ALG
45
National Flag Graphic
0
Nicaragua
NIC
46
National Flag Graphic
0
Portugal
POR
47
National Flag Graphic
0
Kuwait
KUW
48
National Flag Graphic
0
Qatar
QTR
49
National Flag Graphic
0
Chile
CHI
50
National Flag Graphic
0
Albania
ALB
51
National Flag Graphic
0
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
52
National Flag Graphic
0
Latvia
LAT
53
National Flag Graphic
0
United Arab Emirates
UAE
54
National Flag Graphic
0
Ivory Coast
IVC
55
National Flag Graphic
0
Iraq
IRQ
56
National Flag Graphic
0
New Zealand
NWZ
57
National Flag Graphic
0
Brazil
BRA
58
National Flag Graphic
0
Montenegro
MTN
59
National Flag Graphic
0
Estonia
EST
60
National Flag Graphic
0
Kazakhstan
KAZ
61
National Flag Graphic
0
Azerbaijan
AZR
62
National Flag Graphic
0
Bangladesh
BAN
63
National Flag Graphic
0
Sri Lanka
SRL
64
National Flag Graphic
0
Oman
OMA
65
National Flag Graphic
0
Angola
ANG
66
National Flag Graphic
0
Laos
LAO
67
National Flag Graphic
0
Bulgaria
BUL
68
National Flag Graphic
0
Uganda
UGA
69
National Flag Graphic
0
Cambodia
CMB
70
National Flag Graphic
0
Yemen
YEM
71
National Flag Graphic
0
Liberia
LIB
72
National Flag Graphic
0
Netherlands
NET
73
National Flag Graphic
0
Ireland
IRE
74
National Flag Graphic
0
Cuba
CUB
75
National Flag Graphic
0
Dominican Republic
DOM
76
National Flag Graphic
0
Republic of the Congo
ROC
77
National Flag Graphic
0
El Salvador
ESL
78
National Flag Graphic
0
Gabon
GAB
79
National Flag Graphic
0
Honduras
HON
80
National Flag Graphic
0
Myanmar
MYA
81
National Flag Graphic
0
Sierra Leone
SIE
82
National Flag Graphic
0
Suriname
SUR
83
National Flag Graphic
0
Namibia
NAM
84
National Flag Graphic
0
Cameroon
CAM
85
National Flag Graphic
0
Colombia
COL
86
National Flag Graphic
0
Mauritania
MAU
87
National Flag Graphic
0
Uruguay
URU
88
National Flag Graphic
0
Paraguay
PAR
89
National Flag Graphic
0
Poland
POL
90
National Flag Graphic
0
Sweden
SWE
91
National Flag Graphic
0
Ukraine
UKR
92
National Flag Graphic
0
South Africa
SAF
93
National Flag Graphic
0
Singapore
SIN
94
National Flag Graphic
0
Jordan
JOR
95
National Flag Graphic
0
Romania
ROM
96
National Flag Graphic
0
Nigeria
NIG
97
National Flag Graphic
0
Lithuania
LIT
98
National Flag Graphic
0
Vietnam
VTN
99
National Flag Graphic
0
Croatia
CRO
100
National Flag Graphic
0
Kenya
KEN
101
National Flag Graphic
0
Bahrain
BAH
102
National Flag Graphic
0
Morocco
MOR
103
National Flag Graphic
0
Tunisia
TUN
104
National Flag Graphic
0
Ghana
GHA
105
National Flag Graphic
0
Somalia
SOM
106
National Flag Graphic
0
Serbia
SER
107
National Flag Graphic
0
Tanzania
TAN
108
National Flag Graphic
0
Mozambique
MOZ
109
National Flag Graphic
0
Madagascar
MAD
110
National Flag Graphic
0
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
111
National Flag Graphic
0
Malaysia
MLY
112
National Flag Graphic
0
Panama
PAN