Military Review

The largest warships of our time


Among the most powerful representatives of the surface naval forces, aircraft carriers should be distinguished first of all. These are the largest warships of our time.

It is difficult to name specifically the largest ship in the world, since there is a typical project, and a series is created on it, each representative of which has standard, that is, the same, dimensions. To make it easier to compare them with each other, you can make a binding to the only parameter - the length of the body.

I will list the largest warships in the world by this parameter.

Nimitz class

The American Nimitz-class aircraft carriers are the world's largest warships. Their length is 333 meters.

In total, the US Navy has 10 ships of this series. The first of these, USS Nimitz, began service in 1975, and the last, George W. Bush, in 2009.

This aircraft carrier is powered by two Westinghouse nuclear reactors, thanks to which it is capable of speeds up to 30 knots.

It can be called a floating city. About 5 thousand people serve there, including the crews of deck aircraft. Nimitz is capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft on board. Kevlar armor and rocket launchers make it almost invulnerable, turning it into a real fortress.

For the foreseeable future, the world's largest ships will remain the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, with the exception of the Ford-class aircraft carriers.

Ford class

In terms of size, the warships of this series are no different from the Nimitz class aircraft carriers. Actually, it is still too early to call "Ford" a series, because it includes the only ship - USS Gerald R. Ford.

It has the same dimensions as the Nimitz and is capable of developing the same speed. The difference lies in the "filling", which is more technological. It is also the first in the American military navy a ship designed using 3D modeling.

Another difference is the superstructure, which is located closer to the stern and is smaller than the superstructure on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. This design makes the deck more spacious for the wing.

Kuznetsov-class aircraft carriers

Initially, the Soviet aircraft-carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov was supposed to be the first in its series, but this did not happen due to the collapse of the USSR. Since then, the ship remains the only aircraft carrier of the Russian Navy.

Its length is 305 meters, making it the largest Russian warship and the flagship of our Navy.

But this does not mean that other ships in this series do not exist. There is one more Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier - the Liaoning, which is in service with the Chinese Navy.

"Admiral Kuznetsov" entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1990. It is capable of carrying up to 32 aircraft and up to 24 helicopters on board. The number of the crew is almost 1700 people. In addition, more than 600 people are involved in the maintenance of the wing.

The ship has powerful missile weapons. The heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" is capable of speeds up to 29 knots.

The second aircraft carrier of this series, which is in service with the People's Liberation Army of China and is now called Liaoning, was purchased in Ukraine in an unfinished form and ended up in the Celestial Empire in 2002. It took another 10 years to complete and modernize it, after which it became the first aircraft carrier of the Chinese Navy.

Its length is 304 meters. Up to 40 aircraft can be accommodated on board. The ship has a crew of 1960. The aircraft carrier can move at a speed of 32 knots.

Indian Vikramaditya

The aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, which is in service with the Indian Navy, is a modernized version of the Kiev-class aircraft carrier. There were four of them in total, but one of them was disposed of.

Russia donated this ship to India in 2004, as the heroine of one cartoon said, free of charge, that is, for nothing. True, the Indians paid for a large-scale modernization and rearmament of the aircraft carrier. During the reconstruction, the length of the ship increased from 273 meters to 283 meters. And it is about a meter shorter than the British aircraft carrier named after the Queen.

Completion of work took place in 2013, after which the new aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, called INS Vikramaditya, was put into service.

Its maximum capacity is 36 aircraft. The number of the crew is about 1600 people. The ship has a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Recently, it is often said that aircraft carriers are losing their relevance due to the development of missile weapons, but at the moment this class of warships continues to perform their combat missions in various fleets of the world.
Photos used: Navy, Минобороны США,

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, daily additional materials that do not get on the site:

Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Machito
    Machito 10 January 2021 17: 32
    The big ship - a big torpedo.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 10 January 2021 21: 11
      Better two, to be sure. laughing
      1. bubalik
        bubalik 10 January 2021 21: 57
        Better two

        ,, as it goes.
        The same "Yamato" in displacement is 2 times less than the Nimitz, and sank only after 10 hits from standard aircraft torpedoes, 13 hits from aerial bombs and the explosion of the bow cellar.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 10 January 2021 22: 03
          How long did the Bismarck last? I do not remember.
          1. bubalik
            bubalik 10 January 2021 22: 12
            what not exactly known.
            The question of the reasons that caused the death of the ship, has long been a subject of debate: whether the torpedoes from the "Dorsetshire" caused fatal damage, or the ship sank as a result of the actions of the hold crew, who received the order to open the Kingston.
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 10 January 2021 22: 17
              Ruge wrote that having received several torpedoes, he still held 18 knots, but, again, I don’t remember the memory, and the book was not at hand.
      2. Machito
        Machito 10 January 2021 21: 58
        Sea Cat plus with Bold Plus. good
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 10 January 2021 22: 04
          Thank you, answered the same. drinks
    2. The comment was deleted.
  2. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 10 January 2021 17: 33
    In the furnace such articles, write THIS on serious schschs:
    a variant of the Kiev-class aircraft carrier
    , phew what that.
    1. Yang yangov
      Yang yangov 10 January 2021 18: 26
      Author .. I still do not understand the message of the article. and what did you want to say ??
  3. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 10 January 2021 17: 49
    Something I misunderstood the message of the article, Did they explain to us that the Aircraft Carriers and Aircraft Carriers of the Cruisers have the largest tonnage? request Why is this, I think the audience had no doubts about it ...
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 10 January 2021 22: 24
      Ordinary volume filling. Become about nothing.
  4. Asad
    Asad 10 January 2021 17: 51
    The VO administration should be ashamed for such articles! Well, not a primary school age local audience!
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 10 January 2021 18: 17
      For Yandex.Zen article.
      1. mvg
        mvg 10 January 2021 21: 40
        Don't offend Yandex .... ugly
  5. Mikhail m
    Mikhail m 10 January 2021 17: 54
    One aircraft carrier at sea is not a warrior, no matter what size. It is completely incorrect to compare warships in length. Maybe for the Guinness book.
  6. antivirus
    antivirus 10 January 2021 17: 59
    bloom-bloom-bloom-canary ...
    actors - like slaves in galleys wrote an article .. for the number or what quality? website promotion - all,
    in the next article about technologies and old structures - and the heroes all want to build 10 pieces of 100 VI each.
    generally close all the naval base on the chain. and on yachts you can deliver containers with CR
  7. orcinus
    orcinus 10 January 2021 18: 18
    The editor is on "big New Year's holidays", otherwise how to explain the appearance on the "supposedly serious" resource of an article-squeeze from Wikipedia, in style, clearly belonging to a person aged 16-18, cannot be explained
  8. Turist1996
    Turist1996 10 January 2021 18: 34
    And I thought that the "size" of the ship is measured by the displacement. And, it turns out, that's what - never by them, but by the length!
    So here!
    The article is real - as for primary school age!
    1. Rurikovich
      Rurikovich 11 January 2021 06: 39
      Quote: Turist1996
      And I thought that the "size" of the ship is measured by the displacement. And, it turns out, that's what - never by them, but by the length!

      Queue in the vegetable department. Customer:
      - For me, pzhalsta, that cucumber over there is more authentic ...
      - And I have that short, thicker hooded ...
      The saleswoman is as follows:
      - And what do you want?
      - It makes no difference to me, it will still go to the salad ...
      Quote: Turist1996
      The article is real - as for primary school age!

      I agree on 100% !!!! yes
      It seems that they published for a lack of materials request
  9. kig
    kig 10 January 2021 18: 55
    From the cycle "Eh, I will write ..."
  10. nnm
    nnm 10 January 2021 19: 06
    So the biggest, or the longest?))) I thought that the displacement is usually considered. In terms of displacement, the British aircraft carrier is "larger" than ours.
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 10 January 2021 19: 15
      The Frenchman was also lost!
      1. nnm
        nnm 10 January 2021 19: 21
        Italian, Spanish and even Thai)))) Apparently, they are not long enough)))
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 10 January 2021 20: 42
          Quote: nnm
          Italian, Spanish and even Thai)))) Apparently, they are not long enough)))

          Not these smaller ones will be, but Charles de Gaulle is still that fool. By the way, and atomic.
  11. Usher
    Usher 10 January 2021 19: 34
    Kevlar armor and rocket launchers make it almost invulnerable, turning it into a real fortress.
    The difference lies in the "filling", which is more technological.
    author do you even know what it is manufacturability?? A Ford-type Avik is absolutely not technologically advanced, as it has a bunch of sophisticated equipment on board. Manufacturability, this is simplicity, a hammer is more technologically advanced than a screwdriver, the author hacked it on his little nose. Admins can you ban articles that do not carry any information, but are a burp of the yellow press?
  12. Ros 56
    Ros 56 10 January 2021 19: 36
    All for the time being. It's just that the aircraft carriers are not fighting seriously anywhere. And the time will come and there will be a right for them. Rather, it already exists, only until it was used against them.
  13. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 10 January 2021 19: 47
    This is not a grateful business - to be measured by Corps!
    There is, of course, a certain pattern. But this is absolutely not a fact.
    The fleet has long since abandoned squadron battles.
    Today there are many cases when a small rocket created a lot of problems for the same large frigate.
    There are many examples (if my memory serves me Jutland ...)
    where during my lunch break they drowned a bunch of huge two hundred meter vessels and six thousand people ...
    Titanic - smokes in the corner ..
  14. Petro_tut
    Petro_tut 10 January 2021 20: 10
    And not a word about a magnetic catapult on a Ford ...
  15. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 10 January 2021 20: 11
    Hope everyone knows smoking is dangerous and harmful to your health? Then watch the 1996 commercial. They say that these 60 seconds cost the customer 5 (five!) Million dollars. In my opinion, this is a masterpiece of small forms.
    I hid it under the spoiler. Advertising all the same.

    Judging by the onboard video, the USS Lexington (CV-16).
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 10 January 2021 21: 14
      Shine! I haven't seen it before. good laughing
    2. mvg
      mvg 10 January 2021 21: 43
      Not bad for an evening. Plus.
      Have not seen. Non-smoker.
  16. Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 10 January 2021 20: 52
    and where are the French and British? ... waiting for the continuation
  17. fif21
    fif21 10 January 2021 21: 19
    The larger the target, the easier it is to hit. And the main question - what is gigantomania for? Does the Russian Federation have colonies in which it is necessary to maintain order with the help of bayonets? European theater of operations - land! The Black Sea and the Baltic Sea are shot through. Pacific theater of operations - this is where aircraft carriers and AUG are needed. And the main threat is the Atlantic, through which the supply of the sixes of the United States, which NATO will drive to the Russian Federation, can go. The southern theater of operations is land. The experience of the Second World War goes down in history, and the Falklands War in our time (based on the latest weapons) would have gone according to a different scenario. hi
  18. sevtrash
    sevtrash 10 January 2021 21: 35
    It was necessary to sell Kuznetsov to the Indians too. Maybe it's not too late. Having an aircraft carrier is both prestigious and sometimes necessary, but - "stretch your legs over your clothes." With money for endless repairs, the maintenance of Kuznetsov, his air group, the creation of at least some kind of AUG, more needed ships can be built for him. Or a dock, one that was drowned.
    1. VORON538
      VORON538 14 January 2021 15: 18
      So people like you, give you power, start with a fleet and an army, and there you will sell the Russian lands, which is east of the Urals, and also to the west, too. Just to serve the hegemon! hi
    2. evil
      evil 22 February 2021 08: 02
      Yeah, but if you build boats and inflatable mattresses, it will be even cheaper!
  19. mvg
    mvg 10 January 2021 21: 39
    The author, sorry, you do not need to write. From the word Completely. About nothing. And in Murzilka's magazine too. Show your talents in other ways. I can sponsor a shovel, for example.
  20. Doccor18
    Doccor18 10 January 2021 22: 40
    It is difficult to name the largest ship in the world specifically ..

    Why is it difficult?
    SVN-78 Gerald R. Ford (116.000 tons of gross displacement).
    Article "einfach fantastisch" ....
  21. bogart047
    bogart047 11 January 2021 17: 39
    Kevlar armor and rocket launchers make it almost invulnerable, turning it into a real fortress.

    addict or what?
  22. Mikhail Ya2
    Mikhail Ya2 14 January 2021 15: 32
    The following "author" articles:
    "The longest tank"
    "The longest plane"
    "The longest pistol"
  23. iv.victor
    iv.victor 23 February 2021 22: 18
    What difference does it make which of the aircraft carriers is the longest, or has the largest displacement? The important thing is that the United States has about a dozen of them in service. And we have "Kuzya" with its round trip and carrier-based aircraft, which flew from ground airfields in Syria after two accidents.
  24. Admiral Hood
    Admiral Hood 24 February 2021 10: 32
    The English term "class" corresponds to the Russian term "type".
    "Nimitz-class carrier" = "Nimitz-class aircraft carrier"