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An aircraft carrier (often called simply a carrier) is a type of warship used as a mobile airbase for military aircraft. Aircraft carriers can project military force over very large areas and have become elements of modern US military warfare since the second world war.

Real World Carriers

  • HMS Ark Royal (91)
  • USS Langley (CV-1/AV-3)
  • USS Ranger (CV-04)
  • USS Enterprise (CV-06)
  • USS Saratoga (CV-03)
  • USS Essex (CV-09)
  • HMS Triumph (R16)
  • USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  • USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  • USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
  • USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)
  • IJN Akagi
  • Admiral Kuznetsov
  • HMCS Warrior (R31)
  • HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21)
  • HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)
  • HMS Eagle (R05)
  • HMS Ark Royal (R09)
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth (Under construction)
  • Charles de Gaulle (R91)

Carriers in Science Fiction

Alongside traditional aircraft carriers, in science fiction it is quite common to have spacecraft filling a similar role, mainly carrying starfighters limited to STL speeds.