How Well Do You Know These Famous Aircraft Carriers?


Who had submersible aircraft carriers in WWII?

Japan was famous for having submersible aircraft carriers in WWII, which could carry up to three aircraft underwater. When they resurfaced, planes could launch from them.

Who said, “Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value”?

Frenchman Frederick Foch is famous for this quote. Interestingly, he then had a French aircraft carrier named after him.

Can aircraft carriers desalinate water?

Not only can American aircraft carriers desalinate water, some can desalinate 400,000 gallons of water a day. Now, that's a self-sufficient ship.

What do you call the command center of an aircraft carrier?

The command center of an American aircraft carrier is referred to as the island. This is the structure that rises above the flight deck.

Which aircraft carrier is now a museum ship in San Diego?

The USS Midway (CV-41) is a famous aircraft carrier that is now a museum on the San Diego waterfront. Some call it history's most versatile warship.

Which aircraft carrier was damaged in heavy fighting at Leyte Gulf in 1944?

The USS Franklin (CV-13) is famous for being damaged in heavy fighting at Leyte Gulf in 1944. She returned to combat after restoration at Puget Sound Navy Yard.

Which was Admiral Chūichi Nagumo's flagship?

Akagi is one of the most famous ships in history, due to its involvement in Pearl Harbor and WWII. Using the ship, they were able to attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet from thousands of miles away.

Today, which of these is India's aircraft carrier, Viraat?

The HMS Hermes was a British aircraft carrier, but today it is the Indian Navy's Viraat. It is a Centaur-class flattop that once operated for the Royal Navy task force.

What is a flagship?

In a fleet of ships, the one that carries the admiral is known as the flagship. Not all aircraft carriers from history were flagships.

Which is the most decorated U.S. Navy ship of WWII?

The USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the most decorated ship in World War II. It joined the Pacific Fleet in 1939.

Which is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier?

The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the first aircraft carrier to be nuclear-powered. It was also the longest aircraft carrier of the US Navy.

Which vessel was sunk on June 1942, after being bombed by Japanese “Val” bombers?

The USS Yorktown (CV-5) 1937 was sunk on June 1942, after being bombed by Japanese “Val” bombers. She was part of the carrier task force that destroyed half the Japanese fleet at the battle of Midway.

What does the "C" in CV stand for?

Some assume the "C" stands for carrier, but it actually refers to "cruiser." The V stands for "fixed-wing aircraft," from the French verb "voler."

What is a CVA?

The A in CVA refers to attack carriers. CVANs refer to nuclear-powered carriers.

Which was the first carrier that went operational with jet fighters on her flight deck?

The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) was the first to carry operational jet fighters. She was built in 1945.

The USS Midway (CVB-41) was referred to as ______.

The USS Midway 1945 was referred to as Midway Magic. She earned the PUC presidential unit citation for outstanding work in the Vietnam War.

Which was known as the ship that would not die?

The USS Franklin is sometimes referred to as the "ship that would not die." That being said, 300 were trapped below after a Kamikaze attack in WWII.

Which of these was USS Lexington's identical twin sister?

The USS Saratoga (CV-3) 1927 was the identical twin to Lexington. However, she had a black stripe on her funnel that earned her the name "Stripe-Stacked Sara."

Which was the last conventionally-fueled carrier in the U.S.?

The USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier. It was christened in 1967 by Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy, just a day short of what would have been President Kennedy's 50th birthday. It was decommissioned in 2007 after 40 years of service.

Who once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay?

True story. Brazil once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay. Sometimes you just need to make a little extra cash.

What is the newest class of U.S. aircraft carriers?

The newest aircraft carriers are part of the Gerald R. Ford class of ships. These cost $7 million a day to operate.

How long can a Nimitz-class ship run without refueling?

This is not a joke. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier can operate for 20 years without needing more fuel. Talk about fuel efficiency!

Which carrier is in New York City?

The USS Intrepid can be found in New York City's harbor. The ship served in WWII, the Cold War and Vietnam.

Where did the U.S. Navy train pilots in WWII?

The U.S. Navy had two fresh water aircraft carriers in the Great Lakes during WWII. The purpose of these ships was to train pilots.

Did an aircraft carrier ever power a city?

The USS Lexington (CV-2) helped to power Tacoma, Washington, for a whole month in 1929. That was a big help!

Who built the largest aircraft carrier in WWII?

The Japanese built the largest aircraft carrier in WWII. Unfortunately, it sank on its maiden voyage.

As of 2017, how many aircraft carriers does the United States have?

The United States operates 10 aircraft carriers today. They actually have 19 ships that you could call aircraft carriers, technically-speaking.

What class is the USS George W. Bush?

The USS George W. Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship was commissioned in January, 2009.

Did the USS Midway make it through the war in Iraq?

Believe it or not, the old warhorse made it all the way through the battle in Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 1991. She's one of the most famous CVs in history.

Which carrier veered the closest to Japanese home islands in WWII?

The USS Franklin (CV-13) is one of the most honorable ships in history. Even though so many lives were lost, she still made it back to New York.

Which of these took part in eighteen of twenty major engagements of the Pacific War?

The USS Enterprise (CV-6) amazingly took part in eighteen of twenty major engagements of the Pacific War. She helped to sink three IJN carriers.

What was the first aircraft carrier of the Navy?

That was a hard question! The USS Langley (CV-1) was built in 1922.

A Nimitz-class carrier lasts for how many years?

Nimitz-class carriers are designed to last for 50 years. It'll be interesting to see how long the USS Gerald R. Ford lasts.

Where is the homeport of USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77?

The USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77 calls Norfolk, VA, home. The ship was the longest in the world when it was commissioned in 2009.

Where does USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 call home?

It's fitting that the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 is in San Diego, CA. That's the state where President Reagan was once Governor.

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