Aircraft Carrier Landing
The US Navy has the twelve largest nuclear-powered fleet carriers in the world, capable of transporting around 80 fighter jets each; the total combined deck space is more than twice that of all other nations combined. In addition to the aircraft carrier fleet, they also have nine amphibious assault carriers that are used for carrying up to 20 F-35B Lightning II V/STOL fighter aircraft, as well as helicopters, and are similar in size to medium-sized fleet carriers, giving the United States 32 total active service carriers. Read more to see the precision required to land an aircraft on one of these warships.


Despite launching heavier aircraft such as fixed-wing gunships and bombers, it’s currently not possible to land them. Aircraft carriers have replaced the battleship in the role of flagship of a fleet, and by sailing in international waters, it does not interfere with any territorial sovereignty, thus preventing the need for overflight authorizations from third party countries, while reducing the times and transit distances of aircraft.