Light aircraft carrier

A light aircraft carrier, or light fleet carrier, is an aircraft carrier that is smaller than the standard carriers of a navy. The precise definition of the type varies by country; light carriers typically have a complement of aircraft only one-half to two-thirds the size of a full-sized fleet carrier. A light carrier was a similar concept to an escort carrier in most respects, however light carriers were intended for higher speeds to be deployed alongside fleet carriers, while escort carriers usually defended convoys and provided air support during amphibious operations.

Current light carrier use

Currently five light aircraft carriers are in service. The newest light carriers are the Italian Cavour and the Spanish Juan Carlos I, which were commissioned in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Italy
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • Cavour
India
  • INS Viraat
Spain
  • Juan Carlos I, Strategic power projection ship with provision to act as an Amphibious assault ship, STOVL aircraft carrier, and flagship
Thailand
  • HTMS Chakri Naruebet Now operating as a helicopter carrier, royal transport, and disaster relief platform

List of light carriers

Argentina
  • ARA Independencia (Colossus class) – decommissioned
  • ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (Colossus class) – decommissioned
Australia
  • HMAS Sydney (Majestic class) –decommissioned
  • HMAS Vengeance (Colossus class) –decommissioned
  • HMAS Melbourne (Majestic class) –decommissioned
Canada
  • HMCS Warrior (Colossus class)
  • HMCS Magnificent (Majestic class)
  • HMCS Bonaventure (Majestic class)
Brazil
  • Minas Gerais (Colossus class)
France
  • Lafeyette class(ex-Independence class):
    • Bois Belleau
    • La Fayette
  • FS Arromanches (Colossus class)
Japan
  • Hōshō
  • Ryūjō
  • Zuihō class[4][5]
    • Zuihō
    • Shōhō
  • Ryūhō[6][7]
  • Chitose class[8][9]
    • Chitose
    • Chiyoda
India
  • INS Vikrant (Majestic class) – Decommissioned and converted to a museum ship in Mumbai, Now Scrapped.
  • INS Viraat (Centaur class)
Netherlands
  • HNLMS Karel Doorman (Colossus class)
Spain
  • Dédalo (Independence class)
  • Príncipe de Asturias
  • Juan Carlos I
United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes
  • Centaur class
    • HMS Centaur
    • HMS Albion
    • HMS Bulwark
    • HMS Hermes
  • 1942 Design Light Fleet Carrier
    • Colossus class
      • HMS Colossus –decommissioned
      • HMS Glory –decommissioned
      • HMS Ocean –decommissioned
      • HMS Venerable –decommissioned
      • HMS Vengeance –decommissioned
      • HMS Pioneer (maintenance carrier) –decommissioned
      • HMS Warrior –decommissioned
      • HMS Theseus –decommissioned
      • HMS Triumph –decommissioned
      • HMS Perseus (maintenance carrier) –decommissioned
    • Majestic class (none saw service in the Royal Navy)
      • Majestic
      • Terrible
      • Magnificent
      • Hercules
      • Powerful
  • (Invincible class)
    • HMS Invincible
    • HMS Illustrious
    • HMS Ark Royal
United States
  • Independence class
    • USS Bataan
    • USS Belleau Wood
    • USS Cabot
    • USS Cowpens
    • USS Independence
    • USS Langley
    • USS Monterey
    • USS Princeton
    • USS San Jacinto
  • Saipan class
    • USS Saipan
    • USS Wright