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