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Ship Name
Hull Number
Commission /
Decommission
Date

Disposition
 
USS Langley (CV 1)20 Mar 1922 / 27 Feb 1942Conv. to AV 3; Sunk as a result enemy action about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap.
USS Lexington (CV 2)14 Dec 1927 / 8 May 1942Sunk as a result of enemy action at the Battle of the Coral Sea.
USS Saratoga (CV 3)16 Nov 1927 / 26 Jul 1946Used as a test target and sunk at Bikini Atoll.
USS Ranger (CV 4)4 Jun 1934 / 18 Oct 1946Sold for scrap 31 Jan 1947 to Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
USS Yorktown (CV 5)30 Sep 1937 / 7 Jun 1942Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of Midway.
USS Enterprise (CV 6)12 May 1938 / 17 Feb 1947Sold, 1 Jul 1958.
USS Wasp (CV 7)25 Apr 1940 / 15 Sep 1942Sunk due to enemy action southeast of San Cristobal Island.
USS Hornet (CV 8)20 Oct 1941 / 26 Oct 1942Sunk due to enemy action at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
USS Essex (CV 9)31 Dec 1942 / 20 Jun 1969Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Jun 1975.
USS Yorktown (CV 10)15 Apr 1943 / 27 Jun 1970Stricken 1 Jun 1973. Established as a floating museum in Charleston, S.C., 13 Oct. 1975.
USS Intrepid (CV 11)16 Aug 1943 / 15 Mar 1974Established as a floating museum in New York City in 1982.
USS Hornet (CV 12)20 Nov 1943 / 26 May 1970Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Donated to The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation for use as a museum on 26 May 1998.
USS Franklin (CV 13)31 Jan 1944 / 17 Feb 1947Reclassified AVT 8 on 15 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy List 10 Oct 1964.
USS Ticonderoga (CV 14)8 May 1944 / 1 Sep 1973Stricken from the Navy List 16 Nov 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Sept 1975.
USS Randolph (CV 15)9 Oct 1944 / 13 Feb 1969Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Apr 1975.
USS Lexington (CV 16)17 Feb 1942 / 8 Nov 1991Stricken from the Navy List 30 Nov 1991. Now a museum in Corpus Christi, Tex.
USS Bunker Hill (CV 17)25 May 1943 / 9 Jul 1947Stricken from the Navy List 1 Nov 1966; retained as moored electronic test ship in San Diego until Nov. 1972. Scrapped 1973.
USS Wasp (CV 18)24 Nov 1943 / 1 Jul 1972Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 21 May 1973.
USS Hancock (CV 19)15 Apr 1944 / 30 Jan 1976Stricken from the Navy List 31 Jan 1976; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Sept 1976.
USS Bennington (CV 20)6 Aug 1944 / 15 Jan 1970Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Dec 1994.
USS Boxer (CV 21)16 Apr 1945 / 1 Dec 1969Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 13 Mar 1971.
USS Independence (CVL 22)14 Jan 1943 / 28 Aug 1946Sunk as target 29 Jun 1951.
USS Princeton (CVL 23)25 Feb 1943 / 24 Oct 1944Sunk due to enemy action in the Sibuyan Sea.
USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24)31 Mar 1943 / 13 Jan 1947Transferred to France 1953-1960. Returned. Stricken 1 Oct 1960 and sold for scrapping.
USS Cowpens (CVL 25)28 May 1943 / 13 Jan 1947Stricken from the Navy List 1 Nov 1959 and sold for scrapping.
USS Monterey (CVL 26)17 Jun 1943 / 16 Jan 1956Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1970. Sold for scrapping in May 1971.
USS Langley (CVL 27)31 Aug 1943 / 11 Feb 1947Transferred to France 1951-1963; Sold 19 Feb 1964.
USS Cabot (CVL 28)24 Jul 1943 / 21 Jan 1955Transferred to Spain 30 Aug 1967; returned to private U.S. organization 1989. Auctioned by US Marshals Service to Sabe Marine Salvage, 10 Sep 1999.
USS Bataan (CVL 29)17 Nov 1943 / 9 Apr 1954Stricken from the Navy List 1 Sep 1959. Sold for scrapping May 1961.
USS San Jacinto (CVL 30)15 Dec 1943 / 1 Mar 1947Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1970. Sold for scrapping on 15 Dec 1971 to National Metal and Steel Co., Terminal Island, Calif.
USS Bon Homme (CV 31)26 Nov 1944 / 2 Jul 1971Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Scrapped 4 Feb 1992.
USS Leyte (CV 32)11 Apr 1946 / 15 May 1959Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1969.
USS Kearsarge (CV 33)2 May 1946 / 15 Jan 1970Stricken from the Navy List 1 May 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Mar 1974.
USS Oriskany (CVA 34)25 Sep 1950 / 20 Sep 1979Stricken from Navy List 1989. Sold 9 Sep 1995, but contractor defaulted. Repossessed by the Navy and contract terminated 30 Jul 1997. Sunk off coast of Florida 17 May 2006 for use as articifical reef.
Reprisal(CV 35)-- /--Never completed nor commissioned. Hull, 53% complete, was sold to Boston Metals Co, Baltimore, Md. and scrapped November 1949.
USS Antietam (CV 36)28 Jan 1945 / 8 May 1963Stricken from the Navy List 1 May 1973. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Dec 1973.
USS Princeton (CV 37)18 Nov 1945 / 30 Jan 1970Stricken from the Navy List 30 Jan 1970.
USS Shangri-La (CV 38)15 Sep 1944 / 30 Jul 1971Stricken from the Navy List 15 Jul 1982; disposed of by MARAD exchange 9 Aug 1988.
USS Lake Champlain (CV 39)3 Jun 1945 / 2 May 1966Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 28 Apr 1972.
USS Tarawa (CV 40)8 Dec 1945 / 13 May 1960Stricken from the Navy List 1 Jun 1967.
USS Midway (CVB 41)10 Sep 1945 / 11 Apr 1992Stricken 17 Mar 1997; Towed to San Diego 5 January 2004 to be used as a museum and memorial.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42)27 Oct 1945 / 1 Oct 1977Stricken from the Navy List 30 Sept 1977; Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Apr 1978.
USS Coral Sea (CVB 43)1 Oct 1947 / 26 Apr 1990Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 7 May 1993.
USS Valley Forge (CV 45)3 Nov 1946 / 15 Jan 1970Stricken from the Navy List 15 Jan 1970; sold for scrap 29 Oct 1971 to Nicolai Joffre Corp., Beverly Hills, Calif.
USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)11 May 1946 / 28 Dec 1958Stricken from the Navy List 1 Dec 1969.
USS Saipan (CVL 48)14 Jul 1946 / 14 Jan 1970Name changed to Arlington 8 Apr 1965 and served as an communications relay ship until decomm. Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 6 Jun 1976.
USS Wright (CVL 49)9 Feb 1947 / 15 Mar 1956Converted to and commissioned 11 May 1963 as a command ship. Decommissioned 27 May 1970 and disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping 1 Aug 1980.
USS Forrestal (CVA 59)1 Oct 1955 / 30 Sep 1993Stricken from the Navy List 11 Sep 1993; At the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I., 14 Sept. 1998 on hold as museum donation.
USS Saratoga (CVA 60)14 Apr 1956 / 20 Aug 1994Stricken from the Navy List 30 Sep 1994; berthed at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I., 7 Aug. 1998.
USS Ranger (CVA 61)10 Aug 1957 / 10 Jul 1993In inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Independence (CV 62)10 Jan 1959 / 30 Sep 1998In inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Kitty Hawk(CV 63)29 Apr 1961 / 12 May 2009--
USS Constellation (CV 64)27 Oct 1961 / 7 Aug 2003Towed 12 September 2003, to be placed in inactive reserve in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash.
USS Enterprise(CVN 65)25 Nov 1961 / ----
USS America (CV 66)23 Jan 1965 / 9 Aug 1996Stricken from Navy List; In the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, Penn. planned for scrapping, instead sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast on 14 May 2005, following a series of tests consisting of simulated attacks on the ship.
USS John F. Kennedy(CV 67)7 Sep 1968 / 23 Mar 2007 --
USS Nimitz (CVN 68)3 May 1975 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)18 Oct 1977 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)13 Mar 1982 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)25 Oct 1986 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)11 Nov 1989 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS George Washington (CVN 73)4 July 1992 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)9 Dec 1995 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)25 July 1998 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)12 July 2003 / --Active -- see Fact File
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)10 Jan 2009 / --Active -- see Fact File
PCU Gerald R. Ford(CVN 78)under construction / --Active -- see Fact File
PCU John F. Kennedy(CVN 79)under construction / --Active -- see Fact File