An aircraft carrier is a large capital ship of the GDI.
Larger than the GDI battleship, they are designed for supporting ground forces and amphibious operations. These ships are equipped with one launch deck for deploying fully armed Firehawk fighters and four VTOL landing pads for Orcas, advanced sensor equipment and command interfaces, as well as four light deck guns for dealing with close threats.
During the Nod strike on Hampton Roads, a single Nod Commando managed to sink the GDS Pathe, the sole remaining supplier of air power on the eastern US seaboard. Later, another carrier was sunk by Nod forces off the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Two aircraft carriers were also used in the unsuccessful attempt to re-capture Doctor Alphonse Giraud from Nod Black Hand forces.