Top 10 Biggest Aircraft Carriers
- Gerald R Ford Class , USA
Commissioned in May 2017 to be fully operational by 2020. The Carrier has a 78m fight deck and is powered by 2 AIB Nuclear Reactors. It can carry more than 75 aircraft and around 4539 personnel.
2. Nimitz Class, USA
Named after the World War II US Pacific Fleet Commander, Fleet Admiral Chester W.Nimitz, this carrier was commissioned in January 2009. The 332.8 m long aircraft carrier is powered by 2 nuclear reactor and can reach a top speed of 30kt. It can carry close to 60 aircraft and 3000 personnel.
3. Queen Elizabeth Class, UK
HMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned in December 2017 and has a length of 280m. Powered by two Rolls Royce MT 30 Gas turbines and 4 diesel generators its can carry a crew of 679.
4. Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia
Commissioned in 1991, it is capable of carrying powerful offensive weapons. It has a length of 305m and 40 aircrafts.
5. Liaoning, China
Sole aircraft carrier in PLA Navy, the carrier was originally built as second Kuznetsov class carrier, it was later purchased by China. Commissioned in Sep 2012 , it can carry 50 aircrafts.
6. INS Vikramaditya, India
This 283.5m long modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier was entered into service in 2013. Previously served the Soviet Navy and the Russian Navy under the names of Baku and Admiral Gorshkov respectively. It is capable of carrying 36 aircraft
7. Charle De Gaulle, France
Commissioned in French Navy in 2011, it is the only nuclear powerd carrier built outside US. The aircraft carrier can attain a maximum speed of 27 knots and it has been provided with two K17 reactors for propulsion. It Can Carry 40 aircrafts.
8. Cavour, Italy
Commissioned in 2008, the 2444m long can reach a top speed of 16 knots. It can carry 20 aircraft and 24 main battle tanks. It is powered by 6 diesel generators and can accommodate 325 marines
9. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Commissioned with the French Navy in 1963 as the Foch it was sold to Brazil in 2000. It can carry 40 aircraft and helicopters. However this aircraft carrier currently serves mainly for pilots training. Its offensive capability is limited.
10. USS America, USA
Commissioned in October 2014, this 844 ft-long ship is based on that of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and features a hybrid-electric propulsion system. It can carry 20 aircraft and 1292 crew with a top speed of 29kts.