Naval Strengths in Major Carrier Battles

 

  Coral Sea
3-8.5.42
Midway
3-7.6.42
Solomon Is
23-25.8.42
Santa Cruz
26-27.10.42
  US Japan US Japan US Japan US Japan
Aircraft carriers 2 2 3 5 2 2 2 2
Light carriers - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2
Battleships - - - 11 1 3 1 4
Heavy cruisers 7 6 7 16 4 11 6 10
Light cruisers 1 3 1          
Destroyers 13 15 15 46 11 23 14 29
Submarines 11 7            
                 
Aircraft 143 146 360 248 176 168 231 212
- Carrier-based 143 146 233 248 176 168 171  
- Land-based     127       60  

 

  Philippine Sea
19-20.6.44
Leyte Gulf
24-25.10.44
  US Japan US Japan
Aircraft carriers 7 5 8 1
Light carriers 8 4 26 3
Battleships 7 5 12 9
Heavy Cruisers 8 11 29 19
Light Cruisers 13 2    
Destroyers 69 28 111 35
Submarines 28 24    
         
Aircraft 956 973 1400 416
- Carrier-based 956 473 1400 116
- Land-based   540   300

Source: John Ellis, The World War II Databook; The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia.