- Jul 2011
Short answer, no. A true aircraft carrier uses its aircraft to project lots of power over the horizon. LHDs etc. use aircraft (mostly helos) in a close support role for amphibious operations. Destroyers carry helicopters mainly for ASW. So while they all carry aircraft, they are not aircraft carriers.Should amphibious assault ships, landing platform helicopters, helicopter destroyers, landing helicopter docks be considered carriers because
they carry vehicles (including flying ones)?