List of currently active United States military watercraft


The United States military has numerous types of watercraft, operated by the Navy, including Naval Special Warfare Command and Military Sealift Command, as well as the Coast Guard, Army and Air Force

Commissioned ships (USN)

Aircraft carriers

USS Nimitz, the lead ship of her class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, known as 'supercarriers'.

Amphibious assault ships

Wasp class amphibious assault ship takes aboard a Landing Craft Utility

Amphibious command ships

Amphibious transport docks

Attack submarines

Seawolf-class submarine

Ballistic missile submarines

Classic frigate


USS Leyte Gulf (Ticonderoga class)


Dock landing ships

Expeditionary mobile base

(sub-variant of the expeditionary transfer dock)

Guided missile submarines

Littoral combat ships

Mine countermeasures ships

Patrol boats

Submarine tenders

Technical research ship

  • USS Pueblo (AGER-2) – currently held captive by North Korea. Still in commission, but not counted as part of the deployed combat fleet.

Non-commissioned ships (MSC)

(List includes "Support" and "Ready Reserve Force" ships)

USNS Bridge (Supply class)

Cable repair ships

Cargo and replenishment ships

USNS Big Horn (Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler)

Crane ships

Expeditionary transfer dock

High speed vessels

Stand-alone vessels;

Hospital ships

Landing craft


Salvage ships

Surveillance, intelligence and survey vessels

Tug boats

Special Warfare and Coastal Riverine Force (NSW)

Surface craft

Small Unit Riverine Craft

Swimmer delivery vehicles

Cutters (USCG)

Patrol ships

Patrol boats


Stand-alone vessels;


Support craft (US Army)

Logistics support vessel

Landing craft

Tug boats

Support craft (USAF)

Tug boats

Recovery craft

See also


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