Aircraft Carrier Hull Type 2017-01-05T15:53:49+00:00

Aircraft Carrier Hull Type

There are several systems of symbol identification in use for aircraft carriers that have been used around the globe since national fleets have been developing.

Such systems, such as the pennant numbers used by the British Royal Navy and some other Commonwealth countries or the Canadian “hull classification symbols”, or the US “Hull classification symbols” used by the NATO and other countries.

US hull classification symbols for aircraft carriers and related types



CVGeneric aircraft carrier
CVAAttack carrier
CVANNuclear-powered attack carrier
CVEEscort carrier
CVGFlight deck cruiser (proposed)
CVHAAircraft carrier, Helicopter Assault (retired)
CVHEAircraft carrier, Helicopter, Escort (retired)
CVLLight aircraft carrier
CVNNuclear-powered aircraft carrier
CVSAnti-submarine warfare carrier
CVVAircraft Carrier, Medium (proposed)
LHALanding Helicopter Assault, a type of Amphibious assault ship
LHDLanding Helicopter Dock, a type of Amphibious assault ship
LPHLanding Platform Helicopter, a type of Amphibious assault ship

Example of Hull marking

USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 Sea Trials – Photo by LaMar Smith