Skip to comments.As US Navy shrinks, China launches more, better war ships
Posted on 02/15/2012 4:54:14 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
As US Navy shrinks, China launches more, better war ships
HONG KONG As looming budget cuts force the Pentagon to plan for a smaller US navy, China is accelerating the launch of new, increasingly capable warships as part of a sustained drive to become a major maritime power.
Shanghai's Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company late last month launched the fourth of China's new 071 amphibious landing ships according to reports carried by Chinese military web sites and the state-controlled media.
While most attention has been drawn to the ongoing sea trials of China's first aircraft carrier, military analysts say the expanding fleet of 20,000-ton landing ships, the biggest domestically designed and built vessels in the Chinese navy, delivers a far more immediate boost to Beijing's global influence.
"Having a significant fleet of large amphibious assault vessels clearly suggests a desire for power projection," says Christian Le Miere, a maritime security researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
"If you want the surgical insertion of forces, for a range of reasons, then you need amphibious response ships."
Military rivalry China's naval buildup comes amid mounting maritime tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, which is likely to be one of the main geopolitical stress points in the coming decade.
Military planners previously had focused mainly on a potential conflict in the Taiwan strait. More recently, however, Japan and China have locked horns over islands each claims in the East China Sea; Vietnam, the Philippines and other nations are disputing territorial claims with China over parts of the South China Sea thought to be rich in oil and gas.
The US Navy has announced it will deploy its own new amphibious assault vessels, the Littoral Combat Ships, to the "maritime crossroads" of the Asia-Pacific theater, stationing them in
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The Japanese lost almost all their first team of experienced naval pilots in the first year of operations after Pearl Harbor, many of them at Midway. That was about 1,000 trained pilots and aircrew in a year.
They never recovered.
So how long would our F-22's last in sustained combat operations against a major opponent flying Sukhoi and Mikoyan-Gurevich iron, including the T-50 and J-20? Do the math.
Concept good. Graphic execution needs improvement.
But still, China Today is more like Greece than USA.
We need to keep in mind, America is a big place. Most of US soil have nothing built on it. Yet today, the US have more homes, infrastructure, etc. than in 1949. Keep in mind, the US provides a higher standard of living for its 310 million citizens today than the 160 million or so in 1949. The homes are bigger, more electricity are brought into each home today than in 1949. The shrinking of one city is not evidence of a nation in decline. What did San Jose or Seattle look like in 1949 compared to today? Or, what did the suburbs of Detroit look like in 1949 vs today? In both cases, those areas are much more built up today than in 1949. Sure, you could give me examples of many cities in America that are either dying or decaying. But I can also give you just as many cities that are vibrant and growing. From Atlanta, Georgia to Miami to Phoenix, AZ. Detroit is a big city, but all across America, are many small and medium sized towns that have a smaller population today than in 1949. The young people moved else where to the Seattle's, the Austin, Texas, the San Francisco's, the Atlanta's, the Miami's, etc.
The decay of Detroit is hardly an indication of America on the decline. Visit Seattle, Austin, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, etc. and the many suburbs surrounding Detroit and you'll see where everyone went.
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