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Continuing that topic for discussion the "light carrier" [CVL]. Thanks to the tip from Colonel Craig USMC.
"Does the US Navy have 10 or 19 Aircraft Carriers?"
"The U.S. Navy operates 19 ships that could be called aircraft carriers, but only considers 10 to be actual carriers."
ACTUAL CARRIERS AS THAT TERM UNDERSTOOD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER OF THE NIMITZ SUPER-CARRIER CLASS [CVN]. ABLE TO HANDLE TAKE-OFF AND LANDING OF AN ENTIRE AIR WING,
An air wing as found on a super-carrier [CVN] understood to include a full panoply of warplanes, a fully organic warplane formation not requiring support during combat operations, autonomous and independent.
Warplanes as organic to a super-carrier to include those of the strike, EW, AEW, logistic and ASW variety. Some strike warplanes also as configured as tankers for aerial refueling.
EW = Electronic Warfare, AEW = Airborne Early Warning, ASW = Anti-Submarine-Warfare.
"panoply - - noun, plural panoplies. 1. a wide-ranging and impressive array or display"
About thirty-six F-18 of all varieties able to deliver ordnance on target or engage in aerial combat, air superiority warplanes.
Ten such super-carriers currently in the inventory of the U.S. Navy, combat assets formidable and all-encompassing, missions to include the proverbial soup to nuts.
To be continued!