The Most Powerful Aircraft Carriers in the World
Aircraft carriers are a piece of naval marvel. You have to give it to the guy who created the Hosho, the first purpose-built aircraft carrier in the world. It sparked a race that would last a century to seek dominance over the seas on this planet. Aircraft carriers, as I said, are a piece of naval marvel. They are one of the most important pieces of tactical equipment in the hands of the navy, if not the most important.
Aircraft carriers have multiple roles and are often the first targets for bomber raids. This is because, not only are they huge vessels that are armed to the teeth with Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) stuff, they also give air superiority in the ocean, which is something that can’t be obtained easily. They are literally game changers, a single aircraft carrier can change the scenario with just a single air raid.
The Nimitz class is easily the most famous Aircraft carrier class in the world. I mean, if you have a movie named after it, it is bound to be famous. The class is named after the USS Nimitz, one of the most powerful aircraft carriers in the world. It is nuclear powered and are the second-largest aircraft carriers in the world.
Gerald R Ford Class
The Ford class which is the nick name the navy has for it is the second most powerful carrier class in the world. Anouther creation of the US Navy, it is a nuclear powered carrier that is yet to enter service. It is supposed to be fully operational by 2020 and features full load displacement of 100,000t and its 78m-wide flight deck features electromagnetic aircraft launch system as well as advanced arresting gear.
Queen Elizabeth Class
The only English ship to feature in the list is her majesty’s Queen Elizabeth class. One of the newest or the newest English carrier class, it entered service only 2 years ago and has a displacement of around 65,000 tonnes and measure 280 metres in length. Featuring latest technology and automated systems aboard, these vessels only require a crew of 679 for a combat operation.
Russia’s most powerful aircraft carrier and the fourth most powerful in the world. The Admiral Kuznetsov is 305 meters long and has a full load displacement of 58,500t and with multi-role capacity, this heavily armed ship has the potential to serve as an aircraft carrier besides being laced with armaments that make it deadly enough.