It has always been important for any country to have a strong as well as well-organized navy to maintain its position in the world power. This is why everyone desires to build larger, stronger and faster ships over the centuries.
Now is the question popping in your mind that what some of the world’s biggest battleships in the world are?
So in this article, we have made a list of the largest and the biggest warships in the entire world.
- USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise is considered as the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world which is 1123 ft or 342 meters long. This is the longest naval vessel ever built and thus is widely famous in the entire world. It is has served for 51 consecutive years which makes it the longest US serving battleship. This warship was a part of several historical wars which include the Vietnam war, the Cuban Missile crisis and the Korean war etc. this beauty was also featured in several movies like Star Trek and Top Gun.
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- Gerald R. Ford Class
This warship comes under the class of supercarriers which were built to replace the existing Nimitz Class carriers. This vessel was quite similar to the Nimitz carriers but had advanced technologies like Electromagnetic Aircraft launch system and technologies which are designed to improve the efficiency of the ship and reduce its operating cost. This warship is 1106 ft or 337 meters long which makes it slightly bigger than the Nimitz.
- Nimitz Class
These are 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers which belong to the US Navy. These warships were 1092 ft or 333 meters long and its full load weight is 100000 tons. These are also considered amongst the largest battleships built and is in service. These ships were also a part of Operation Eagle Claw in the country of Iran, and the Gulf war.
- Kitty Hawk Class
These warships belong to US Navy and were designed as an improvement in the Forrestal Class vessels. This class includes 3 vessels which are Kitty Hawk, America, and Constellation. All these vessels were built the 1960s and are 1073 ft or 327 meters long. These ships were considered as one of the biggest warships ever. However, they are now out of service.
- Forrestal Class
This class of warships includes 4 vessels which are Ranger, Saratoga, Forestal and independence, all four of these were built in the 1950s for the US Navy. These vessels were considered as a part of the first class of supercarriers. The Forrestal class carriers are 1066 ft or 325 meters long and had a displacement of around 60000 tons.
- USS John F. Kennedy
This ship is also known as the Big John and is the only ship of the class in which she belongs. The Big John is the last US Navy warship which conventionally powered carrier. This ship was considered as an all-purpose carrier and was 1052 ft or 320 m long, The warship also has capabilities of anti-submarine warfare.
- Midway Class
This is amongst the longest-serving aircraft carrier designs ever.USS Midway was the class’s lead ship which was first commissioned in the year 1945 and was in service till 1992. In the year 1977, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was decommissioned and in 1990, the third ship USS Coral Sea was out of service.
- Admiral Kuznetsov Class
The last aircraft class which was built in the Soviet Navy was the Kuznetsov Class aircraft carriers. This class consists of 2 vessels which are the Admiral Kuznetsov and Liaoning. Admiral Kuznetsov was ready for use in the year 1990 and currently is serving the Russian Navy. Whereas, Liaoning was sold to China and was finally readied for use in 2012. These ships are 990 ft or 302 meters long.
- Queen Elizabeth Class
There are 2 aircraft carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales) in this class and are one of these is currently under construction. These are being made for the Royal Navy and are 931 ft or 284 meters long. The HMS Queen Elizabeth was ready for use in the year 2017, and the Prince of Wales will be ready in 2020.
- Kiev Class
The Kiev Class aircraft carriers are also known as Project 1143 and which are built in the Soviet Union and belongs to the first class of fixed-wing aircraft carriers. There are 4 Kiev Class ships which were completed, amongst which 2 are out of service, 1 was scrapped and 1 was sold to the Indian Navy (the Admiral Gorshkov), where it is still in service.