Do aircraft carriers have lifeboats?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    Yes. They are secured to the bulkheads (walls) of the hangar bays below the flight deck. Some of them also serve as liberty boats to go on liberty when in port and the ship is anchored off shore.

    Source(s): Retired Naval Aviator.
  • RICK
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    A few but mainly life rafts

  • 4 weeks ago

    No everyone should die

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, they have them. The problem is that by the time they are needed the odds are they will be un-serviceable. Damaged or burnt to the point they will not float or inflate. That is why every sailor is supposed to know how to make floatation devices out of their uniforms. If the ship is sinking because of battle damage the probability is that there will be an oil slick that is on fire. To keep from being drug under when the carrier sinks that wall of fire has to be gotten through. A rubber life raft or even a motor whale boat just isn't that good at providing the protection needed.

    So what ever ones are on it are pretty useless and present hazards at best.

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  • Not necessary. If the ship is sinking everybody boards an aeroplane and simply leaves via the flight deck.

    • John R
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      If the carrier is sinking, or on fire, it would NOT be capable of launching or recovering aircraft.

      Helicopters, perhaps - but in an emergency, it would take far too long to airlift 3500 people 10 at a time

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    a) All large vessels, military or civilian, have life boats.

    b) Wrong forum. Reported for not categorizing your question correctly (it ain't rocket science)

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, Aircraft carriers carry either 254 MK7 life rafts or 127 MK8 life rafts.

  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Of course.  They're rafts.  They're very small for storage.  When you rip the cord, though, a canister of highly compressed air is released and the lifeboat becomes very big, big enough to hold 50 people each.

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