An aircraft carrier is a special type of naval warship that acts as a mobile base capable of carrying, maintaining and launching aircraft. Common features include a flight deck for aircraft to take-off and land. Aircraft carriers appear in most Ace Combat games.
- 1 Description
- 2 History
- 3 Known Units
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 5.1 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
- 5.2 Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy
- 5.3 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- 5.4 Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
- 5.5 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
- 5.6 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies
- 5.7 Ace Combat 3: electrosphere
- 5.8 Ace Combat 2
- 5.9 Air Combat
- 5.10 Ace Combat Infinity
- 5.11 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
- 5.12 Ace Combat: Joint Assault
- 6 References
Aircraft carriers are essentially floating airfields, capable of launching aircraft to attack enemy targets from safe distances. In Ace Combat games, various carriers, both friendly and enemy, are occasionally encountered and are also sometimes used as the player's airfield during certain missions.
Several games in the series also feature special type of aircraft carrier, referred to as submersible aviation cruisers, submersible carriers, or submarine aircraft cruisers, combining the aircraft carrying capabilities of the aircraft carrier and the underwater attack capabilities of a submarine. Ships of this type include the Scinfaxi-class submarines and the Alicorn.
By the 1980s, the Osean Federation developed the Hubert-class aircraft carriers. In July 1991, Osea issued a contract for the construction of its seventh Hubert-class carrier (30th overall carrier), the OFS Kestrel.
In 1995, during the Skully Islands insurrection, rebel forces seized an aircraft carrier that was later sunk by mercenary ace Phoenix. On April 24, during the Belkan War, the Kestrel was deployed during Offensive Campaign No. 4101, where it helped secure a transit route for the Allied Forces through Futuro Canal. The Belkan Navy aircraft carrier Njord also indirectly participated in the operation, launching aircraft from outside the combat zone. Belka's aerial aircraft carrier, the XB-0 Hresvelgr was also shot down by mercenary ace Cipher on December 25.
In 1997, the Arquette allied itself with the Usean Rebel Forces opposing the signing of the Spring Sea Treaty with the Osean Federation. In July 1998, the Arquette was sunk by Scarface Squadron. In August, the Usean Allied Forces carrier White Valley assisted in destroying a rebel base nearby the Payton Channel during Operation Alphaville.
By summer 2003, the carrier Fort Grace became part of the newly formed Independent State Allied Forces coalition navy. On September 19, 2004, the Fort Grace deplpoyed aircraft, including Mobius 1, to intercept Erusean bombers threatening the ISAF's GHQ at North Point. On November 23, during Operation Rough Seas, the ISAF Air Force sunk the Erusean Navy's aircraft carrier Geofon alongside the rest of the Aegir Fleet.
In 2010, during the Circum-Pacific War, the Osean Maritime Defense Force had at least four Hubert-class aircraft carriers operational, including the OFS Kestrel, Buzzard, Vulture and Barbet. On September 27, the Kestrel was attacked by Yuktobanian Air Force squadrons while they were docked at St. Hewlett, however, VFA-206 and Wardog Squadron managed to protect the carrier. While transitting the Eaglin Straits, both the Buzzard and Vulture would be sunk by Yuktobanian burst missiles launched from the Scinfaxi on September 30. The Kestrel would be the only carrier to survive the encounter. Throughout late November and early December, the Kestrel aided Razgriz Squadron in uncovering and dismantling a plot by the Belkan Grey Men to forge a conflict between Osea and Yuktobania. On December 29, the Kestrel and her fleet were intercepted by Yuktobanian Navy vessels, including the carrier Admiral Tsanev, in the northern Ceres Ocean. Razgriz Squadron launched to protect her fleet as well as defecting Yuktobanian warships. Amidst the engagement, the Kestrel and its new allies were attacked by a passing fleet of nationalist Osean warships, including the carrier Barbet, which branded them as "traitors" for allying themselves with the Yuktobanians. Razgriz sunk both the Osean Barbet and Yuktobanian Admiral Tsanev, allowing the Kestrel Fleet to survive. The following day, the Kestrel was sunk shortly after it launched Razgriz for a final time.
On October 29, 2013, during the final battle of the Estovakian Civil War, the Eastern Faction's aerial aircraft carrier the P-1112 Aigaion played a crucial role in defeating the Lyes United Front.
In 2015, during the Emmeria-Estovakia War, the P-1112 Aigaion was used by Estovakia to push the majority of Emmerian forces off of the Anean mainland. An unnamed Estovakian Navy carrier of the South Sea Fleet later helped repel the Emmerian King & Balloon Operations aimed at liberating Gracemeria. By late December, Emmeria had regained control Khesed Island. On January 26, 2016, the Emmerian military launched the Rargom Beach offensive, in which the Emmerian Navy carrier CVN-30 indirectly participated in the operation by launching aircraft. In February, CVN-30 played a similar role during the San Loma Assault and assault on the Aerial Fleet. During the latter operation, the Aigaion and the Aerial Fleet were shot down. On March 31, CVN-30 also participated in Operation Free Gracemeria and Emmerian forces managed to sink the Estovakian South Sea Fleet carrier stationed in the King's Bay. The following day, CVN-30 was deployed to the Razgriz Straits during the assault on the Chandelier.
In 2019, the Kingdom of Erusea declared war on the Osean Federation and used container launched drones to cripple numerous ports and aircraft carriers across the Osean mainland. However, the OFS Kestrel II and a new OFS Vulture managed to survive. In retaliation, Kestrel II was deployed to attack the Erusean capital. Following the failed first attack, the Kestrel II and Vulture participated in a two-front offensive, during which the Kestrel II was sunk amidst its second attack on Farbanti. On August 10, the Long Range Strategic Strike Group sunk the Erusean aircraft carrier Njörðr at Snider's Top. In September, the LRSSG hunted down and sunk the submersible aviation cruiser Alicorn during Operation Fisherman. Sometime during the war, the OFS Admiral Andersen ran aground near the city-state of Selatapura. The carrier was later used by Strider Squadron after they shot down the final Arsenal Bird on October 31. The following day, Strider launched to shoot down two ADF-11F Ravens around the International Space Elevator.
Assault Horizon universe
During the New Russian Federation uprising, the Russian Navy's aircraft carrier in the Black Sea was seized by the New Russian Federation along with many other ships. It was later sunk by Task Force 108 and Russian Loyalists during an operation to rescue the Russian Prime Minister, who was being held hostage by the fleet.
The United Nations Forces had at least one aircraft carrier.
The USEA Federation acquired a number of aircraft carriers during their uprising, either from Wernher and Noah Enterprises or from nations that supported the group. They were most often seen supporting forces away from the Eurasian Continent. During Operation Eternal Liberation, the group would deploy no less than four in its attempt to seize or destroy Comona Base in the West Indies.
|Osean Maritime Defense Force|
|Yuktobanian Navy||Admiral Tsanev
Scinfaxi (submersible carrier)
Hrimfaxi (submersible carrier)
|Erusean Royal Navy||Geofon
Alicorn (submersible aviation cruiser)
|Republic of Emmeria Navy||CVN-30|
|Estovakian Navy||Unnamed Nimitz-class carrier
|Aurelian Navy||Unnamed Kitty Hawk-class carrier|
|Leasath Naval Forces||Unnamed Kitty Hawk-class carrier|
|IUN Peacekeeping Force||Albatross (FCU carrier)|
|ISAF Navy||CV-04 Fort Grace
Unnamed Kitty Hawk-class carrier
|Usean Allied Forces||White Valley
Unnamed Invincible-class carrier
|Usean Rebel Forces||Arquette|
|General Resource Limited||Unnamed Nimitz-class carrier|
|Neucom Incorporated||Carrier of unknown class|
|United States Navy||CVN-30|
|New Russian Federation||Admiral Aristov|
- Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is the only game in the series to force the use of carrier-based aircraft during missions where the player takes off from or lands on an aircraft carrier. In other games, the take-off or landing minigame with carrier aircraft may instead be replaced with a different sequence such as midair refueling (for example, in Two-pronged Strategy in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown).
- In the mission Fleet Destruction of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, if the player sinks the Njörðr an Erusean sailor will exclaim that the ship's catapults are damaged and can no longer launch aircraft. This stands out, as Kuznetsov-class carriers are not equipped with catapults for launching aircraft but rather a ski-ramp.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Emmerian F/A-18F Super Hornet with CVN-30
F/A-18E Super Hornet on CVN-30
South Sea Fleet carrier
Estovakian Kraken (non-canon)
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Yuktobanian Admiral Tsanev
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies
Ace Combat 3: electrosphere
A Neucom Incorporated aircraft carrier
Ace Combat 2
Skully Islands insurrection forces C1
Ace Combat Infinity
UNF Nimitz-class carriers
A USEA Federation Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier
A UNF Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Ace Combat: Joint Assault
- Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- PS2/エースコンバット５ | BACKGROUND | 設定資料. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- Operation Costner, "Juggernaut", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
- Ace Combat Zero Assault Records #029 - Hugo Parcham.
- Ending cutscene, The Talon of Ruin, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy - Seagull
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy - St. Elmo's Fire
- Cutscene prior to Sitting Duck, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. A large "04" can be seen on the flight deck before Mobius 1 takes off.
- Invincible Fleet, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
- Narrow Margin, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Rendezvous, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Ancient Walls, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Cutscene 24, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Sea of Chaos, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Cutscene 25, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Aces At War: A History 2019, page 144.
- "VR Mission 01", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #25 - Valeriy Nikitov. (Japanese)
- Mission 05: "Anea Landing", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- Mission 08: "San Loma Assault", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- Mission 09: "Heavy Command Cruiser", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- Mission 13: "The Liberation of Gracemeria", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- Mission 15: "Chandelier", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
- Cutscene prior to Charge the Enemy, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- Debriefing following Two-pronged Strategy, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- Mission 11: "Fleet Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- SP Mission 03: "Ten Million Relief Plan", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- Mission 20: "Dark Blue", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- Home Front, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.