Timeline of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy

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This is a bar graph showing a timeline of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy displaying the ships' names and their hull numbers.




USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)USS George Washington (CVN-73)USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)USS Nimitz (CVN-68)USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)USS America (CV-66)USS Enterprise (CVN-65)USS Constellation (CV-64)USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)USS Independence (CV-62)USS Ranger (CV-61)USS Saratoga (CV-60)USS Forrestal (CV-59)USS Wright (CVL-49)USS Saipan (CVL-48)USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)USS Valley Forge (CV-45)USS Coral Sea (CV-43)USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)USS Midway (CV-41)USS Tarawa (CV-40)USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)USS Shangri-La (CV-38)USS Princeton (CV-37)USS Antietam (CV-36)USS Oriskany (CV-34)USS Kearsarge (CV-33)USS Leyte (CV-32)USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)USS Bataan (CVL-29)Spanish aircraft carrier DédaloUSS Cabot (CVL-28)French aircraft carrier La Fayette (R96)USS Langley (CVL-27)USS Monterey (CVL-26)USS Cowpens (CVL-25))USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)USS Princeton (CVL-23)USS Independence (CVL-22)USS Boxer (CV-21)USS Bennington (CV-20)USS Hancock (CV-19)USS Wasp (CV-18))USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)USS Lexington (CV-16)USS Randolph (CV-15)USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)USS Franklin (CV-13)USS Hornet (CV-12)USS Intrepid (CV-11)USS Yorktown (CV-10)USS Essex (CV-9)USS Hornet (CV-8)USS Wasp (CV-7)USS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Yorktown (CV-5)USS Ranger (CV-4)USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)USS Langley (CV-1)Timeline of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy

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