Amazing Facts About The World’s Most Astonishing Aircraft Carriers

An aircraft carrier is a type of massive warship that acts as an airbase on the water. Their job is to house, arm, and deploy aircraft along with sailors and soldiers. First used in the early twentieth century to launch balloons, today, many are nuclear-powered and carry all different kinds of aircraft and supplies. As of June 2019, there are 41 active aircraft carriers in the world operated by 13 different navies. Wait until you see the power and size of the biggest ones in the world!

Gerald R Ford Class: United States

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

Owned by the United States Navy, the Gerald R For Class is one of the biggest aircraft carriers in the world. Delivered in May 2017, it is expected to be operating internationally by 2020. Its flight deck is 78 meters wide and has state-of-the-art electromagnetic systems to help planes both take off and land.

The carrier is operated by 4,539 personnel and has the capacity to carry more than 75 aircraft. On top of that, it is equipt with Rolling Airframe Missiles, Phalynx close-in-weapons systems, and RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles.