United States Navy – Current Surface Units

Aircraft Carriers

Gerald Ford Class LOA 1106′ TDISP 100,000 tons (1, 1 building)

USS Gerald Ford CVN-78 (2017)


USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 2017 US Navy Official photo 170408-N-WZ792-198 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni

USS John F. Kennedy CVN-79 (building)

CVN 79 Kennedy Upper Bow Lift

The future USS John F. Kennedy building. US Navy: 5596973 courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth

Chester Nimitz Class LOA 1092′ TDISP 105,000 tons (10)

USS Nimitz CVN-68 (1975)


USS Nimitz astern of battleship USS Missouri NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-93-00653 PHAN Brad Dillon

USS Nimitz Puget Sound refit 2018USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 (1977)USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 (1982)


USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) passing the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor 1985 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-04-15236

USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 (1986)

USS Russell (DDG 59)

USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71, 2019 US Navy 5634821 PO2 Alexander M. Corona

USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (1989)USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 Bremerton 2009USS George Washington CVN-73 (1992)


USS George Washington 2002 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-04-15236 PH3 Summer M. Anderson, USN

USS John C. Stennis CVN-74 (1995)USS John Stennis CVN-74 San Diego 2004.jpgUSS Harry S. Truman CVN-75 (1998)USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 (2003)USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77 (2009)

“Honourable mention”

Fake US Aircraft carrier, constructed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dubbed by Warsearcher staff “USS Potemkin Maru,” LOA 670′ TDISP unknown…very little. She was built with tubing, and is surprisingly large. Launched early 2015 at Bandar Abbas, Iran, on the Strait of Hormuz. Extensively damaged mid-2015 by a range of conventional practice strikes in staged and recorded attacks. Towed back to Bandar Abbas and has not been repaired. Likely to be scrapped.FakeUScarrierBandar Abbas2015-02.jpgFakeUScarrierBandar Abbas2015-03.jpgFakeUScarrierBandar Abbas2019-06.jpg

Amphibious Assault Ships4 amphibious assault shipAmerica Class LHA LOA 844′ TDISP 46,000 tons (1, 1 building)

USS America LHA-6 (2014)

USS Comstock (LSD 45) Conducts Replenishment at Sea

USS America during a Replenishment at Sea US Navy: 5697552 Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart

USS Tripoli LHA-7 fitting out


The future USS Tripoli about to be launched US Navy: 3354002

Wasp Class LHD LOA 843′ TDISP 41,000 tons Amphibious Assault Ship (8)


USS Bataan LHD-5 2019 USN Official 5713374 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie

USS Wasp LHD-1 (1989)USS Wasp LHD-1 Norfolk VA 2002USS Essex LHD-2 (1992)USS Essex LHD-2 Pescagoula 1992.jpg


USS Essex, Pohang, Republic of Korea 2006 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-01637 JO3 Adam R. Cole, USN

USS Essex LHD-2 San Diego 2000USS Boxer LHD-4 (1995)


USS Boxer 1998 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-01-09531

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 (1998)


USS Bonhomme Richard 2006 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-02593 PHAA Bryan Niegel, USN

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 (2001)USS Makin Island LHD-8 (2009) and USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 (1998)

Tarawa artist concept NARA

Tarawa Class 1984 artist’s conception, showing operations of both LCAC docking and Harrier flying. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-85-00439 Ingalls Shipbuilding


And what they actually built! USS Kearsarge LHD-3, 1999 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-04-13207 CWO2 Seth Rossman, USN

LCAC in Wasp class NARA

View of interior of well deck toward stern gate, USS Wasp LHD-3, showing 3 LCAC craft, 1998. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-01-09016 PH3 Kenneth A. Pace, USN

Amphibious Command Ships

Blue Ridge Class LCC LOA 634′ TDISP 19,600 tons (2)

USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 (1970)USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 Yokosuka 2015.jpg


USS Blue Ridge 1989 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-06-16318 PH1 Terry Cosgrove

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 (1971)

BALTOPS 2019 USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)

USS Mount Whitney during BALTOPS 2019 US Navy: 5509732 PO3 Steven Edgar

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 Gaeta 2016.jpgUSS Mount Whitney LCC-20 Viktor Lenac Shipyard 2017

Amphibious Transport Docks (LPD)

San Antonio Class LPD LOA 684′ TDISP 25,000 tons (11 – 2 building)

ACE Running and Gunning

USS John P. Murtha LPD-26, 2019 U.S. Marine Corps photo 5277916 by Lance Cpl. Jason Monty

USS New York LPD-21USS New York LPD-21 Mayport FL 2018.jpgSanAntonioclassLPDNorfolkVA2015

USS Somerset AAV Operations

A Japanese assault vessel enters the well deck of the USS Somerset LPD-25, a San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock, 2019. USN official 5068299 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer

Dock Landing Ships

Harpers Ferry Class LSD LOA 610′ TDISP 16,100 tons (4 active)


USS Harpers Ferry alongside a mine countermeasures vessel USS Dextrous, 2004 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-10776 JO2 Brian Biller, USN

Harpers Ferry vs. Whidbey Island LSD San Diego 2017

2017 San Diego capture highlights visual differences in these very similar classes of LSD: Harpers Ferry has a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher immediately above bridge, and a Phalanx CIWS on raised deck housing forward. Whidbey Island Class (covered below) has Phalanx on top, level with other Phalanx behind mast. The other major difference (according to Warsearcher) is the Whidbey island has a massive deck cutout down to the well deck in middle, while the Harpers Ferry, with a reduced length well deck, does not appear to have this large a feature.

Amphibious Operations Aboard USS Harpers Ferry

USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49, 2019 US Navy: 5671013 PO3 Keypher Strombeck

USS harpers ferry well deck NARA

USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 well deck operations, 2006 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-12475 MCSA Charles Green, USN

Whidbey Island Class LSD LOA 609′ TDISP 16,100 tons (8 active)


USS Ashland LSD-48, 2005 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-06-05765 PHAN Finley Williams, USN

whidbey island class LSD San Diego 2016WELLDECK

Google Earth 2016/03 capture modified to show outlines of massive 440′ internal well deck on Whidbey Class LSD (yellow box), which can hold 4 or possibly 5 Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC). For size comparison this has been overlaid with a 445′ Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, San Diego 2012 capture (see retired USN listing for full view of this ship)

USS Germantown 1986 well deck NARA

USS Germantown commissioning ceremonies held in interior of massive well deck, 1986. View appears to be from near the stern gate looking forward. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-04016 Lockheed Shipbuilding Co.

USS Germantown LSD-42, Sasebo, Japan



USS Cowpens, CG-63, Ticonderoga class cruiser, leading Arleigh Burke class destroyers and an Oliver Hazard Perry Class frigate, Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-03713 PHAN Benjamin Dennis, USN

Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruisers CG LOA 567′ TDISP 9,800 tons (22 – 5 retired – for retired see US Navy retired listing)

USS Ronald Reagan Underway Bridge Watches

USS Chancellorsville CG-62 alongside USS Ronald Reagan 2019 US Navy: 5555543 PO2 Tyra Campbell

Ticonderogas at Yokosuka 2018


Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyers DDG LOA ca. 505′ TDISP ca. 9,000 tons (66 – 6 building)

Forrest Sherman conducts COMPTUEX

USS Farragut 2017 US Navy: 5596667 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raymond Maddocks

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Arleigh Burke class destroyers USS Kidd and USS Pinckney ahead of Littoral Combat Ship USS Omaha US Navy: 5619587 Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Olympia O. McCoy

Zumwalt Class Guided Missile Destroyer, LOA 600′ TDISP 14,700 tons (2 – 1 building)

USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 (2016)

USS Zumwalt in Pearl Harbor

USS Zumwalt, Pearl Harbor 2019 US Navy: 5242523 Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang

Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)

Independence Class LCS LOA 418′ TDISP 3,100 tons (9 – 4 building) trimaran hull form

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

USS Gabrielle Giffords LCS 10 US Navy: 5634995 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josiah J. Kunkle

Freedom Class LCS LOA 378′ TDISP 3,500 tons (7 – 4 building)

Virtual Strike Group Verifies New U.S. Navy Combat Capability in Complex Test

USS Freedom LCS-1 2015 US Navy: 2831218 Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Frost

Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF)

Spearhead Class LOA 338′ TDISP 1,500 tons (10 active) Distinctive catamaran hull

USNS Carson City Arrives in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

USNS Carson City T-EPF-7 Arrives in Mindelo, Cabo Verde, 2019 US Navy: 5648507 CPO Travis Simmons

USNS Burlington T-EPF-10 (2018) Little Creek VAUSNS Burlington TEPF-10 Little Creek CA 2019

USNS Carson City Departs Nigeria

USNS Carson City T-EPF-7 Departs Nigeria, 2019 US Navy: 5648498 CPO Travis SImmons

Submarine Tenders

Emory S. Land Class LOA 649′ TDISP 23,000 tons (2 active, 1 retired)

USS Emory S. Land AS-39 (1979)


USS Emory S. Land La Maddalena Italy, 2001 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-03-09095 PH3 Jodi L. Vogelsong, USN

Emory S. Land (AS-39) Guam 2016

Large Non-Combattants

Hospital Ships

Mercy Class LOA 894′ TDISP 65,500 tons

USNS Mercy (1986)USNS Comfort (1986)


USNS Comfort 2002 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-03-10222 Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.)

Expeditionary Mobile Base (ESB) This is a whole new class of vessels, that are adapted from oil tankers. They are cut down to feature large open well deck areas to handle amphibious forces, including Landing Craft Air-Cushioned (LCAC), and in the case of the Lewis B. Puller below, have a flight deck built on top to handle up to 4 helicopters, with a hangar and other facilities built over the bows. The whole offers an inexpensive alternative to the landing ship docks above, which, in low intensity use, could base the same amphibious and air units (or warsearcher has the whole concept wrong).

USS Lewis B. Puller ESB-3 (2017) LOA 763′ TDISP 80,000 tons

U.S. Navy ships transit Strait of Hormuz

USS Lewis B. Puller T-ESB-3 US Navy 4846882 PO2 Jonathan Clay

Expeditionary Mobile Base San Diego 2017


Bob Hope Class Vehicle Cargo Ships LOA 951′ TDISP 62,000 tons, (about the size of a Forrestal Class aircraft carrier) in service 1998 – with Military Sealift CommandUSNS Bob Hope Class Bremerton WA 2018.jpgUSNS Bob Hope Class Avondale yards 1998


USNS Mendonca 2000 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-03-10021 Ricky Kellum Litton-Avondale Ind