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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 2019.

New to 2019 is the inclusion of Landing Helicopter Docks observed as aircraft carriers.


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