Countries with Aircraft Carriers

Name the countries of the world that have aircraft carriers.
According to Wikipedia, December 2019
Includes carriers in reserve, but not carriers under construction, or some types of smaller vessels
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Country
11
United States
2
Italy
2
United Kingdom
1
China
1
France
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Country
1
India
1
Russia
1
Spain
1
Thailand
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2013
100%. A real indication of the ability of a country to project military power anywhere around the world... and not just defend itself.
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Level 84
Dec 18, 2019
If you aren't prepared to project military power around the world, you aren't prepared to defend yourself.
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Level 82
Jan 15, 2020
... what?
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2020
Wrong.
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Level 43
Jan 15, 2020
Found the American
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Level 84
Jan 15, 2020
Are you guys picturing a military invasion as a bunch of men armed with muskets sailing across the sea on a boat and storming the shores of the defending country? Or maybe your idea of national defense is just having some guys stand on the border of their country with really big shields trying to stop the missiles? If a country is attacked by a distant country, it may well be necessary that the defending country attach launch sites, weapons factories, etc. anywhere in the world.
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2020
Just because they changed the name of the Department of War to the Department of Defense in 1949 doesn't redefine what defense means. Invading another country is not defensive. It may preempt the need to defend yourself in some cases, but it's still an aggressive move.
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Level 38
Jun 12, 2020
Italy 2?why? That's the most surprising on the list!
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Level 61
Jul 8, 2020
Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 550) and Cavour (C 551) are V/STOVL carriers. The Garibaldi is going to be phased out in the next years, while a new LHD (Trieste, L 9890) is entering service. It will be able to carry F-35B airplanes, but I am unsure if it will count as a "carrier" for this quiz.
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Level 50
Oct 27, 2014
Surprising who ISN'T on the list. Good quiz.
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2016
ya I agree. the UK surprised me. and I also would have guessed that russia had more than 1
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
UK decommissioned its last one (two?) fairly recently. The 'Queen Elizabeth' class carrier is under production. The first is due for deployment in 2021 the second 1 1/2 years later. The quiz was made in between us decommisioning old ones and building new ones. That is the only reason why the UK isn't here
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2020
I wasn't surprised by the absence of Switzerland. I was clutching at straws.
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2021
Lake Geneva won't defend itself!
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Level 44
Oct 27, 2014
Why isn't the UK on this list? HMS Queen Elizabeth?
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Level 56
Oct 27, 2014
It's not completed yet.
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
Because it isn't 2021 yet.
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Level 73
Jan 2, 2021
yes it is
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Yeah possums, get your facts right!
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Level 36
Oct 27, 2014
Where is the UK?
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Level 49
Oct 27, 2014
They have 40 decomissioned and 2 under construction, non currently in use.
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Level 30
Oct 27, 2014
The UK has one commissioned but none in reserve
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Level 79
Jan 11, 2016
Just off the north-western corner of Europe.
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Level 85
Dec 27, 2019
:-)
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2020
Not any more. Mid-Atlantic and adrift ever further westwards.
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
Sat in the North Sea off the north coast of France and west of Scandinavia.
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Level 63
Jun 26, 2017
Turn right at Greenland.
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Level 73
Sep 1, 2018
Left if you're starting from Norway
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Level 74
Dec 11, 2019
North of France
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Level 75
Dec 17, 2019
In a steaming pile of crap since the results of Thursday's election came in
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Level 73
Dec 27, 2019
On the contrary, UK stocks and the value of the Pound shot higher as the Conservatives secured their victory.
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Level 75
Jan 16, 2020
@JackintheBox, things improved for a minute, but were back at historic lows within days.
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Jetpunk gets so boring when politics enters the chat...
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Level 59
Oct 28, 2014
If you're counting LHA and LPH type ships, this list is not nearly complete. Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_carriers_in_service
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Level 39
Jun 26, 2015
Australia has 3 in decommission, does that still count?!
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Level 21
Aug 28, 2016
No, when they're in decommission, they aren't in service, the requirements of this quiz.
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Level 35
Dec 18, 2015
I thought the uk had aircraft carriers
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
'Had' being the key word in this sentence. Two more are under construction.
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2020
If an aircraft carrier has no planes, is it still an aircraft carrier?
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Level 47
Dec 23, 2015
I thought the UK had finished the HMS Queen Elizabeth
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2016
According to Wikipedia it won't be operational until 2020...
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
2021*
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Level 76
Aug 14, 2016
The US has almost as many as the rest combined. There shouldn't be much doubt about where the world's military power is concentrated. Interesting to note India's lead on its trans-Himalayan rival.
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Level 54
Aug 27, 2016
That's not the type of border you need an aircraft carrier for... I guess India's carriers are more for muscle against Pakistan than China.
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2016
You'd think they could be nice and share its toys. Then again, the US isn't known for its sharing.
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Level 28
Aug 26, 2016
10/10 score and 19 seconds remaining. So hard!!
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Level 47
Aug 26, 2016
missed India
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Level 59
Aug 29, 2016
The answers here are out-of-date and the question is vague. The list is much longer if you define a carrier as: "a warship with a full-length flight deck, hangar and facilities for arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft" and mean that to include ships classed as amphibious assault ships and helicopter carriers, whose primary purpose is to carry, arm, deploy, and recover aircraft, and the list would include the UK, Egypt, Japan, South Korea and Australia. The list will also soon include Turkey. Also, the US numbers would go up to 19. Japan calls their carriers "destroyers" for legal reasons, but their three Hyuga-class DDH ships meet the above definition. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_carriers_in_service
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Level ∞
Aug 29, 2016
Here's the source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_carriers_by_country

It looks like the numbers have changed a little since July but the list of countries remains the same. If you're an expert, I'd recommend getting the Wikipedia article changed, and then I'll edit the quiz. I'm not an expert so I'm not going to try to make decisions about what qualifies.

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Level 22
Sep 15, 2016
I really thought north korea would have 1 but i guess not
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Level 69
Jun 20, 2017
Oh, North Korea's military tech is shite, and their navy is their weakest arm.
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Level 53
Nov 29, 2017
Yes, they don't really have anything outside manpower.
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2018
...and ICBM's. And their less advanced artillery is probably still able to rain fire on Seoul. And they've probably got biological and chemical weapons. And of course they'll probably have some kind of nuclear capability in the near future. They won't win a war with those, but they do have more than mere manpower.
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Level 87
Dec 11, 2019
If you believe their propaganda (and really, why wouldn't you?), they have at least 100, maybe closer to 200 aircraft carriers. And Thanos is fighting for them as well.
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Level 45
Jun 7, 2017
Brazil decommisioned theirs in 2017.
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Level 69
Jun 20, 2017
Soon enough, the UK's new carrier will be commissioned.
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Level 42
Jun 26, 2017
22 seconds :)
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Level 67
Dec 12, 2019
Untill the carrier UK carrier was commissioned? That was indeed very soon
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Level 27
Jun 29, 2017
Got all of them but forgot India xD
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Level 69
Jul 29, 2017
This needs to be updated, since the UK's Queen Elizabeth class carrier is now in service.
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Level ∞
Jul 29, 2017
Not sure its been formally commissioned yet. I'll update the quiz at the end of 2017.
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Level 73
Dec 7, 2017
The UK's 'Queen Elizabeth' was commissioned into the fleet today, see http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-42256046
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2017
According to your source should Thailand not be included?
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2017
If you read further, it's only used as a helicopter carrier, which I don't think puts it in the same class as the other ships.
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Level 44
Feb 28, 2018
if you look up pictures of Thailands carrier on Google(HTMS Chakri Naruebet) and Wikipedia there are pictures of it containing or launching Harrier Fighter Jets in some instances. While they might not use it for that purpose it's still a class of near full size Aircraft Carrier that is capabale of launching jets. Also they bought it from the Spanish who used it as a full swing all purpose Aircraft Carrier as well prior to its sale.
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2019
Okay, added Thailand back in.
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2018
I was going to comment on this. I think Thailand made the list before.
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2018
Yes, I remember that too.
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Level 82
Dec 21, 2017
You can take UK off again now. (Well at least until they find the puncture repair kit)
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Level 46
Mar 1, 2018
Thanks, made my morning :)
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Level 64
Dec 21, 2017
I'm curious what the update was for December 2017. Did USA's number increase because of the USS Gerald Ford making its debut this summer? Or did another country change?
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Level 64
Dec 21, 2017
Oh I see the previous comments. Looks like the UK commissioned a new carrier this year too
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Level 65
Dec 25, 2017
What a waste of my US tax payer dollars !!
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2018
While I don't necessarily think we need to be spending as much, and certainly not more, on the US military... I gotta disagree with this one comment. Aircraft carriers are extremely valuable in a lot of different situations, whether it's destroying the armored divisions of an insane warlord as they are en route to massacre a city from a safe distance, or delivering vital emergency aid to disaster-struck archipelagos nobody else can get to, this is money well-spent. Only thing the military spends money on that might be more cost-effective is predator drones. Or possibly sniper rifles.
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2018
or.. stinger missile launchers given to the Mujahadeen? those were pretty cheap and effective, too. Still, aircraft carriers are vital.
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2019
I don’t mind...it’s one hell of a deterrent.
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Level 54
Feb 28, 2018
The U.S. actually has 21 when counting the 5 LHD and 5 LHA which are designed to carry the F-35 and all the USMC helos. They are bigger and carry more aircraft then most of these other countries carriers.
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Level 59
Feb 28, 2018
Canada with Bombardier ?
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Level 43
Feb 28, 2018
Singapore and Australia have the best two carriers in the world (Singapur air lines and Quantas)
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2019
That's not what this quiz means.
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Level 58
Feb 28, 2018
Missed quite a few. Australia, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Turkey.
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Level 35
Mar 2, 2018
Damn. I thought it would be close between #1 and #2, but apparently not.
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Level 33
Mar 6, 2018
The is wrong the UK have 2
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Level 69
Sep 29, 2018
HMS Prince of Wales is still under construction.
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Level 68
Sep 24, 2019
Not anymore.
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Level 74
Dec 11, 2019
HMS Prince of Wales is now in commission.
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Level ∞
Dec 11, 2019
Updated.
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Level 45
Mar 11, 2018
South Korea has one which is the flagship of their Navy
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Level 65
Jul 5, 2018
the spanish one only supports vertical take off aircrafts like Harrier and such. and helicopters. It is defined as an Amphibious Assault Ship, not as an aircratf carrier. but who cares... it is big and expensive.
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Level 37
Mar 11, 2019
How come Spain and Italy have them, yet not Germany? Isn't Germany owned by the US?
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2019
The US is owned by Russia though.
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2019
Someone's been drinking the MSM propaganda Kool Aid.
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Level 85
Jan 15, 2020
Someone can't take a joke apparently.
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2019
Are you thinking of Epcot Center?
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Level 64
Dec 17, 2019
Germany only has a handful of helicopters that can actually fly and guns that stop working when its too hot. Still surprised about the none existent aircraft carriers?
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Level 53
Jul 12, 2019
How Come there isnt any more?
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Level 84
Dec 11, 2019
I know I took this quiz not too long ago. Now it's freshly reset. Someone get a new boat.
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Level 79
Dec 12, 2019
UK did
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Level 45
Dec 12, 2019
Oops forgot about Thailand.
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2020
Russia should be removed from this list, their only carrier caught fire in december 2019 and is currently under reconstruction, so not usable at the moment
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Level 59
Jul 7, 2021
The Russian carrier will probably not be replaced as the large crane needed to fix it is inoperable. I think it fell into the superstructure of the carrier after the fire. What a mess.
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2020
Only missed Thailand.
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Level 81
Jan 15, 2020
Guessed Thailand with 0:06 left (whew!) but not before guessing Kazakhstan! LOL! (I seriously tried that)
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Level 81
Jan 16, 2020
Kazakhstan is nothing if not a great naval power. Also, they have the best potassium.
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Level 61
Jun 12, 2020
Guessed all except Thailand.
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Level 51
Jul 12, 2020
The US has gained another Aircraft carrier I believe and China added 1 as well.
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Level 58
Sep 22, 2020
And the UK has two now.
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Level 60
Apr 6, 2021
Just what Thailand does with her Aircraft carrier? Really unexpected
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Level 52
Apr 6, 2021
India has two now, INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, while it is developing INS Vishal
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Level 59
Jul 7, 2021
Once you start adding ships that carry VTOL aircraft, like the F-35B, or the Harrier, then you have to add every LHA/LHD in the US fleet along with the CVNs (catapult launched). You have to even add the large destroyer (helicopter) that Japan has. China is delivering or building new carriers that will have catapult launch for take off and arresting gear for landing. Also keep in mind that the American total of CVNs went down recently with the retirement of the Enterprise, the the LHD total went down with the accidental fire that gutted the Bon Homme Richard.
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Level 33
Jul 11, 2021
got thailand with seconds left