Countries with Aircraft Carriers

Name the countries of the world that have aircraft carriers.
According to Wikipedia, February 2022
Includes carriers in reserve, but not carriers under construction, or some types of smaller vessels
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Last updated: February 25, 2022
First submittedApril 16, 2013
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Country
11
United States
2
Italy
2
United Kingdom
2
China
1
France
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Country
1
India
1
Russia
1
Spain
1
Thailand
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Level 84
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 86
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 84
Jan 15, 2020
... what?
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Level 76
Jan 15, 2020
Wrong.
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Level 44
Jan 15, 2020
Found the American
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Level 86
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 84
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 55
Mar 1, 2022
You mean, like, if, let's say... Kazakhstan decides to attack Switzerland, Switzerland should send an aircraft carrier to defend itself?
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Level 48
Mar 1, 2022
@AFlyingMongolian be quiet
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Level 30
Mar 1, 2022
Isn't it possible for a country to prepare to defend itself and not prepare to project military power around the world?
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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 63
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 28
Dec 16, 2021
For me spain was
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Level 38
Mar 1, 2022
thailand: hi
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Level 30
Mar 3, 2022
Italy has always had a pretty strong navy, I mean, they're surrounded by water on most of their land. It's not that surprising, considering their geographical location on the medditerranian.
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Level 68
Aug 19, 2021
You do realize that you don't need to comment on every quiz you take, right?
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Level 50
Jun 25, 2022
how does that “… what?” comment has 71 LIKES!? Who even like these comments…(not me)…
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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 44
Oct 27, 2014
Why isn't the UK on this list? HMS Queen Elizabeth?
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Level 55
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 74
Jan 2, 2021
yes it is
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2021
Yeah possums, get your facts right!
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Level 48
Mar 1, 2022
Sheesh, you guys don't even know what year it is? It's 2022, not 2021.
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Level 51
Mar 1, 2022
yeah
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Level 16
Apr 1, 2022
April fools
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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 28
Oct 27, 2014
The UK has one commissioned but none in reserve
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Level 81
Jan 11, 2016
Just off the north-western corner of Europe.
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Level 86
Dec 27, 2019
:-)
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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 74
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 76
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 78
Jan 16, 2020
@JackintheBox, things improved for a minute, but were back at historic lows within days.
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2021
Jetpunk gets so boring when politics enters the chat...
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Level 35
May 2, 2022
on earth ;)
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Level 61
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 48
Dec 23, 2015
I thought the UK had finished the HMS Queen Elizabeth
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Level 76
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 82
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 58
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 59
Nov 15, 2021
Sharing an aircraft carrier? Yeh okay - let Lesotho use one on alternate Tuesdays.
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Level 47
Aug 26, 2016
10/10 score and 19 seconds remaining. So hard!!
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Level 48
Aug 26, 2016
missed India
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Level 61
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 71
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 88
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 34
Sep 19, 2022
That's an underestimate they have about 550. Too many to count now.
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Level 45
Jun 7, 2017
Brazil decommisioned theirs in 2017.
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Level 71
Jun 20, 2017
Soon enough, the UK's new carrier will be commissioned.
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Level 56
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 28
Jun 29, 2017
Got all of them but forgot India xD
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Level 71
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 77
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 68
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 50
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 84
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 63
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 63
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 84
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 84
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 63
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 66
Dec 12, 2019
That's not what this quiz means.
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Level 57
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 36
Mar 6, 2018
The is wrong the UK have 2
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Level 71
Sep 29, 2018
HMS Prince of Wales is still under construction.
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Level 69
Sep 24, 2019
Not anymore.
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Level 76
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 46
Mar 11, 2018
South Korea has one which is the flagship of their Navy
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2022
The Dokdo is a helicopter carrier, which is not what this quiz counts.
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Level 70
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 51
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 72
Dec 13, 2019
Someone's been drinking the MSM propaganda Kool Aid.
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Level 87
Jan 15, 2020
Someone can't take a joke apparently.
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Level 34
Sep 19, 2022
Russia is owned by Trinidad and Tobago though
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Level 84
Sep 24, 2019
Are you thinking of Epcot Center?
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Level 63
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 55
Jul 12, 2019
How Come there isnt any more?
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Level 87
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 80
Dec 12, 2019
UK did
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Level 46
Dec 12, 2019
Oops forgot about Thailand.
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Level 66
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 61
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 34
Sep 19, 2022
Any updates on this?
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2020
Only missed Thailand.
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Level 66
Jun 12, 2020
Guessed all except Thailand.
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Level 55
Jul 12, 2020
The US has gained another Aircraft carrier I believe and China added 1 as well.
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Level 57
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 55
Aug 8, 2021
carry aircraft
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Level 54
Apr 6, 2021
India has two now, INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, while it is developing INS Vishal
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Level 61
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 39
Jul 11, 2021
got thailand with seconds left
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2021
I guess Japan were on this list until the Battle of Midway. Or maybe this quiz wasn't made back then.
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2022
Nah, this quiz was made in 1942
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Level 63
Jan 23, 2022
Thailand? That suprised me. Great quiz though
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2022
They look impressive, but these days they're mostly for show; they're big, slow, expensive targets that would be extremely vulnerable anywhere near an actual battle zone.

Still very handy for keeping military spending bloated, though.

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Level 57
Mar 1, 2022
It’s weird how the US has the same number of active aircraft carriers as the rest of the world.
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Level 59
Mar 1, 2022
How did I manage to remember Thailand, but forget India and Russia?
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2022
It never occurred to me that aircraft carriers weren't common. It's presence in Battleship made me assume they were a common enough vessel (although, considering the size of them, I'm not surprised there aren't a whole lot of them out there)
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Level 84
Mar 2, 2022
Imagine my surprise when, after playing Clue, I went on to discover that most houses don't have a ball room, billiards room, or unsolved murder cases.
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Level 59
Mar 4, 2022
Just missed Thailand
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Level 22
Apr 27, 2022
Thailand..? Did not expect that. Only got it because I started guessing random countries once I got the other ones.
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Level 39
Apr 27, 2022
World Power, World Power, World Power, Thailand, World Power... Hold On.
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Level 39
Apr 27, 2022
No Offense, BTW.
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Level 70
May 11, 2022
I don't think Spain counts as a world power either. But yeah, I definitely agree that Thailand is a weird inclusion.
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2022
I mean Spain is in NATO and historically has had a large navy so its not too surprising for me.
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Level 56
Jul 25, 2022
China now has three: Liaoning, Shandong and Fujian
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Level 55
Jul 25, 2022
The Fujian isn't commissioned yet.
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Level 65
Aug 11, 2022
im pretty sure you just made this quiz to troll everyone with thailand
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Level 70
Sep 4, 2022
Quiz needs to be updated. India recently completed its first domestically built aircraft carrier, bumping it up to 2.
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Level 34
Sep 19, 2022
India apparently got a second carrier according to wikipedia on 2nd september this year