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Countries with Aircraft Carriers

Name the countries of the world that have aircraft carriers.
According to Wikipedia, January 2024
Includes carriers in reserve, but not carriers under construction, or some types of smaller vessels
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Country
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United States
2
China
2
India
2
Italy
2
Japan
2
United Kingdom
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1
France
1
Russia
1
Spain
1
Thailand
1
Turkey
104 Recent Comments
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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 62
Feb 1, 2024
India see's the Indian ocean as its "zone of influence". That's where they deploy their carriers
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Level 30
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 57
Nov 15, 2021
Sharing an aircraft carrier? Yeh okay - let Lesotho use one on alternate Tuesdays.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2016
10/10 score and 19 seconds remaining. So hard!!
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2016
missed India
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Level 60
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The answers here are out-of-date and the question is vague.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 21
Sep 15, 2016
I really thought north korea would have 1 but i guess not
+14
Level 74
Jun 20, 2017
Oh, North Korea's military tech is shite, and their navy is their weakest arm.
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2017
Yes, they don't really have anything outside manpower.
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Level 69
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 83
Jan 3, 2024
North Korea has ICBMs if ICBM stands for Inter Centimeter Ballistic Missile.
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Level 91
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 35
Sep 19, 2022
That's an underestimate they have about 550. Too many to count now.
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Level 42
Jun 7, 2017
Brazil decommisioned theirs in 2017.
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Level 74
Jun 20, 2017
Soon enough, the UK's new carrier will be commissioned.
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Level 66
Jun 26, 2017
22 seconds :)
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Level 69
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 74
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 81
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 70
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 54
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 69
Feb 28, 2018
Yes, I remember that too.
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Level 81
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 45
Mar 1, 2018
Thanks, made my morning :)
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Level 62
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 62
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 62
Jul 31, 2019
I don’t mind...it’s one hell of a deterrent.
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Level 48
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 64
Feb 28, 2018
Canada with Bombardier ?
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Level 41
Feb 28, 2018
Singapore and Australia have the best two carriers in the world (Singapur air lines and Quantas)
+11
Level 67
Dec 12, 2019
That's not what this quiz means.
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Level 64
Feb 28, 2018
Missed quite a few. Australia, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Turkey.
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Level 33
Mar 2, 2018
Damn. I thought it would be close between #1 and #2, but apparently not.
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Level 38
Mar 6, 2018
The is wrong the UK have 2
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Level 74
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 79
Dec 11, 2019
HMS Prince of Wales is now in commission.
+5
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 54
Jun 10, 2022
The Dokdo is a helicopter carrier, which is not what this quiz counts.
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Level 75
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 50
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 47
Mar 29, 2019
The US is owned by Russia though.
+4
Level 74
Dec 13, 2019
Someone's been drinking the MSM propaganda Kool Aid.
+5
Level 90
Jan 15, 2020
Someone can't take a joke apparently.
+4
Level 35
Sep 19, 2022
Russia is owned by Trinidad and Tobago though
+4
Level 82
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 54
Jul 12, 2019
How Come there isnt any more?
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Level 89
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 83
Dec 12, 2019
UK did
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Level 49
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 60
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 35
Sep 19, 2022
Any updates on this?
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Level 69
Feb 6, 2023
russia should definitely no longer be on this list
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2020
Only missed Thailand.
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Level 70
Jun 12, 2020
Guessed all except Thailand.
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Level 57
Jul 12, 2020
The US has gained another Aircraft carrier I believe and China added 1 as well.
+4
Level 64
Sep 22, 2020
And the UK has two now.
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2021
Just what Thailand does with her Aircraft carrier? Really unexpected
+14
Level 59
Aug 8, 2021
carry aircraft
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Level 58
Apr 6, 2021
India has two now, INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, while it is developing INS Vishal
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Level 60
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 45
Jul 11, 2021
got thailand with seconds left
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Level 67
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 54
Jun 10, 2022
Nah, this quiz was made in 1942
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Level 66
Jan 23, 2022
Thailand? That suprised me. Great quiz though
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Level 68
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 82
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 82
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 67
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 50
Apr 27, 2022
World Power, World Power, World Power, Thailand, World Power... Hold On.
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2022
No Offense, BTW.
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Level 71
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 54
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 69
Jul 25, 2022
China now has three: Liaoning, Shandong and Fujian
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Level 54
Jul 25, 2022
The Fujian isn't commissioned yet.
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Level 77
Aug 11, 2022
im pretty sure you just made this quiz to troll everyone with thailand
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Level 71
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 35
Sep 19, 2022
India apparently got a second carrier according to wikipedia on 2nd september this year
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2023
According to wikipedia Turkey has 1 aircraft carrier since January 2023.
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Level 88
Jan 3, 2024
Couldn’t agree more with Canadry - aircraft carriers are a massive waste of money. I live and work in the same harbour as the two British carriers, and can confirm that they do the grand total of sweet fig all. We still don’t even have planes to use on them, only a few helicopters and some limited training with US aircraft, one of which fell off the ship and sank in the Mediterranean. They spend the vast majority of their time alongside, providing endless millions of pounds of taxpayer money to private contractors such as BAE Systems (who also built the ships) to repair and maintain the colossal white elephants.

The problem is, they are too valuable to be of any real use. Every time they sail they require a medium-sized armada of support craft, from destroyers to submarines to protect them. What’s more, with the astronomical rise of drone technology, they are on the verge of obsolescence.

The prestige and supposed influence they bring is not worth the enormous outlay.

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Level 76
Jan 3, 2024
Here is something UNITED STATES aircraft carriers do that no other country would attempt to do.

Remember the earthquake in Indonesia.

One of our carriers went there.

Our carriers have three hospitals on board

That can treat several hundred people,

They are nuclear powered and can supply

Emergency electrical power to shore facilities,

They have three cafeterias with

The capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,

They can produce several thousand gallons of

Fresh water from sea water each day,

And they carry helicopters for

Use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.

When the carriers aren't protecting the world this is what they do.......Helping survivors of disastors

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Level 74
Feb 2, 2024
I mean, the new Ford-class aircraft carriers cost like $10-15 billion to construct, and that's without getting into the cost to staff and supply them. I have ZERO doubt that WAY more humanitarian work could be done with that money instead of what you list here. Obviously, they aren't built for humanitarian purposes. This is just a silly piece of propaganda.
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Level 79
Jan 4, 2024
Sounds like your country has wasted its aircraft carriers and/or has no use for them if that's the truth. Doesn't mean they aren't useful to militaries and disaster relief lol.
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Level 67
Jan 4, 2024
They are airports that can move over the world. It takes years to build a runway somewhere and in some places you can't even place one. If necessary you can send an aircraft carrier fleet to that place and give massive air support or bombing abilities. They can carry drones as well and they are practically invincible thanks to the support ships around them.
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Level 48
Feb 1, 2024
dammit missed thailand
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Level 51
Feb 2, 2024
The US citizens pay taxes to maintain peace across the oceans and make sure the world doesnt descend into an international anarchy, we kinda gotta thank uncle sam cause if it wasn't the US it could be way worse.
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Level 20
Mar 1, 2024
missed italy!!!
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Level 50
Mar 8, 2024
As a Chinese born American, I am glad we have the most carriers. That being said, I got Thailand but missed Turkey.. oof
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Level 76
Apr 5, 2024
Nice idea poorly executed. The Turkish ship does not carry any fixed wing aircraft nor is it capable of doing so at the moment. There are two identical ships of the same class in service with the Royal Australian Navy yet you do not include those ships but do include the Turkish one. South Korea has similar ships to the Turkish one but you do not include them either. Makes no sense at all. Basically when talking about non-US ships you have included some that are only helicopter carriers or amphibious assault ships but not every flat decked ship is capable of operating fixed wing aircraft. However in the USN there are 9 amphibious warfare ships capable of operating fixed wing aircraft that do so regularly in service yet you do not include them at all. Blaming a poorly written article is a cop-out. Either include all ships that have flat decks - ie aircraft and helicopter carriers - or just stick to ships that actually do operate fixed wing aircraft or are capable of doing so.