As a former teenage sailor who served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, I was interested in Peter Suciu’ piece on aircraft carriers in The National Interest, an online publication that focuses on defense issues, national security, military affairs, foreign policy and U.S. politics.
Including amphibious assault ships (LHA), there are now 47 active aircraft carriers in the world, operated by fourteen navies. More than a third of the flattops are in service with the United States Navy, which maintains eleven nuclear-powered CATOBAR carriers, including ten Nimitz-class and one Gerald R. Ford-class.
In addition, the U.S. Navy operates two
America-class LHAs of a planned 11; as well as seven Wasp-class ships – while
an eighth was seriously damaged by fire and subsequently decommissioned last
The current U.S. fleet of Nimitz-class
carriers will also be followed into service and replaced on a one-for-one basis
by future carriers of the Gerald R. Ford-class, which are more automated in an
effort to reduce the amount of funding required to maintain and operate the
In its 2018 report to Congress, the Navy
stated its intention to maintain a 12 CVN force as part of its 30-year
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