August 9, 2006

How many aircraft carriers does the Islamic world have?

On December 7, 1941 a Japanese fleet built around six aircraft carriers with 423 warplanes carriers struck Pearl Harbor. And Japan had four more (mostly smaller) aircraft carriers on other duties at the time.

Sixty-four years later, how many aircraft carriers do all the Islamic countries in the world have in total?


According to Wikipedia:

Nine countries maintain aircraft carriers: United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Italy, India, Spain, Brazil, and Thailand. In addition the People's Republic of China's People's Liberation Army Navy possesses the former Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag, but most naval analysts believe that they have no intention to operate it, but instead are using Varyag to learn about carrier operations for future Chinese aircraft carriers. Canada, the People's Republic of China, Japan, Pakistan, Australia, Chile and Singapore also operate helicopter-carrying vessels....

In the early 21st century, worldwide aircraft carriers were capable of carrying about 1250 aircraft. US carriers accounted for over 1000 of these; the second leading country, the United Kingdom fielded over 50 aircraft. The United Kingdom and France are both undergoing a major expansion in carrier capability (with a common ship class), but the United States will still maintain a very large lead.

So, Pakistan has some helicopter-carrying ships. That's it for all the countries in the world with Islamic majorities.

More aircraft carrier facts: The U.S. had 31 aircraft carriers fight in WWII, 22 of them full-sized fleet carriers. The U.S. currently has 12 aircraft carriers in service, ten of them nuclear powered, all of them larger than any other country's largest carrier. The nine Nimitz class flattops are 104,000 tons. The biggest foreign is the Russian Admiral Kutzenov at 43,000 tons.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Steve for an interesting site. Not that I can understand why the Islamic areas have no aircraft yet it is a good comparison point. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

This proves that islamic countries in the world love peace...I think.. LOL

P. McKay said...

No US aircraft carrier, or any other aircraft carrier ever made, had a compliment of 1,250 aircraft. The most any carrier has ever carried is just over 100.

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