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9 stunning high-res photos of US aircraft carriers

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 perform a fly-by performance for Sailors and their family members on a tiger cruise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal/ Released)
June 30, 2020

The U.S. Navy’s carriers have been around since World War II, and have been essential to the Navy’s transportation and deployment of aircraft. An aircraft carrier is a type of warship that serves as a mobile airbase completely at sea. The aircraft is fully equipped with a flight deck, and facilities for aircraft including repair, rest, and take-off.

The United States Navy currently has 11 active aircraft carriers, with each one carrying around 80 fighter jets. Here are some high-resolution photos of America’s aircraft carriers in action.

On March 18, 2020, USS Theodore Roosevelt made way on its deployment to the Indo-Pacific. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh/Released)

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USS George Washington, USS Mobile Bay, and USS John C. Stennis make way through the Pacific Ocean on an integrated joint training exercise. This combines two aircraft carriers and a missile destroyer into one exercise.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman/Released)

Every two years, the U.S. military hosts the Valiant Shield training exercise focused on integrating its air naval assets at sea. This photo, taken on Sept. 17, 2018, was the seventh exercise in the series that began in 2006. It included carrier USS Ronald Reagan among 15 surface ships, more than 160 aircraft, and approximately 15,000 personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Miciano/Released)

On May 7, 2018 in San Diego, aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt returned from a 7-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation in Japan. This group of sailors focused on maritime security operations, and other issues of national security. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bill M. Sanders/Released)

On Jan. 31, 2020, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group travels through the Arabian Sea during a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford/Released)

On Dec. 23, 2016, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled through the Atlantic Ocean as part of the  6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)

On Nov. 24, 2013, USS George H.W. Bush traveled through the Atlantic Ocean while conducting a composite training unit exercise. By doing this, the U.S. Navy was able to integrate ships through a series of live training events.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Stephens/Released)

On July 28, 2017, an F/A-18F Super Hornet flew over aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt/Released)

On July 11, 2019, four ships traveled the Tasman Sea, during Talisman Sabre 2019. These ships include USS McCampbell, HMAS Canberra, USS Key West, and USS Ronald Reagan. The Talisman Sabre is designed to improve U.S. and Australian combat training through live interaction. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/Released)