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  • HMS Illustrious is greeted by thousands of well-wishers as she docks for final time

    07/22/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 22 July 2014 | MARK DUELL
    'Lusty' has returned home after 32 years of service with decommissioning ceremony to be held later this year Will be replaced by HMS Ocean which has received £65m refit until next generation of aircraft carriers are built Illustrious was rushed into service for the Falklands War, and has served in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Lebanon Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones praises her 'long and proud history' and says she has 'protected nation's interests' 685ft-long vessel Illustrious could be turned into floating museum in tribute to decommissioned class of warship Greeted by waving bikini-clad women standing in the water, it was...
  • Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier officially named

    07/04/2014 6:43:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    The UK Royal Navy’s first new aircraft carrier has been formally named the HMS Queen Elizabeth, during a ceremony at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh, Scotland. Performed on 4 July by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the milestone marks the completion of the lead vessel’s 65,000t structure, with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance also having started the flood-up of its dry dock before the ship will be floated out later this month. First Sea Lord Adm Sir George Zambellas says the new carrier’s role “will be global, strategic and one of inter-service and international partnership.” Current plans call for the Queen Elizabeth...
  • The aircraft carrier that never was

    07/03/2014 5:47:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2014 | By Nick Childs
    The Queen is about to name the first of the UK's controversial new-generation aircraft carriers in a ceremony at Rosyth. But a plan for a super-carrier five decades ago ended in acrimony. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a major milestone for the Royal Navy and for British defence. It also provides a strong echo with the past, and the Royal Navy's last - failed - bid for a new-generation of full-size aircraft carriers half a century ago. The first of those ships was designated CVA-01. Like the new ship, she would have been called HMS Queen Elizabeth. But she was the...
  • Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

    06/23/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2014 | GAVIN MADELEY
    Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth that boasts 33-ton propellers twice the size of a double decker bus and a four acre deck HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain's biggest engineering project Two 33-ton propellers are twice the height of a double decker bus The carrier will finally take to the water next month when the Queen visits Standing on the bridge of the mighty HMS Queen Elizabeth, it is the sheer scale of the largest warship in Royal Navy history that hits you. This hi-tech batcave commands a view that runs for miles from...
  • Obama Admin Orders US Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 9:42:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 14 Jun 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.</p>
  • Hagel orders US aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 1:02:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier—the USS George H.W. Bush—to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq. Hagel’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq. …
  • USS Constellation headed for Texas scrapyard

    06/14/2014 12:13:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Navy announced Friday that a $3 million contract has been awarded to International Shipbreaking Limited for the towing, dismantling and recycling of the USS Constellation, a ship first used in the Vietnam War, and last deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship, nicknamed “Connie” by its crew, is part of the Navy’s five-year scrapping plan that also sent the USS Forrestal and the USS Saratoga to Brownsville for dismantling.
  • Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf in case Iraq military option needed

    06/14/2014 10:34:32 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | June 14 ,2014 | Missy Ryan;
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.</p>
  • ANALYSIS: UK aircraft carrier nears programme milestone

    05/02/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flight International ^ | 05/02/2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Two months from now, the UK Royal Navy’s largest ever warship will be named, before being floated out of its dry dock in Rosyth, Scotland, as the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The first of two 65,000t vessels to be delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the lead ship is still more than four years away from receiving its first visit by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and over six from reaching full operational status. Aircraft Carrier Alliance With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to perform the naming act on 4 July, the ship that will bear her name is...
  • Iran’s replica of a US aircraft carrier puzzles Navy officials

    03/22/2014 3:01:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 113 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Mar 21, 2014 | By Hendrick Simoes
    MANAMA, Bahrain — Iran is building a replica of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at a shipyard on the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. 5th Fleet officials said. The mock-up of the aircraft carrier was first noticed last summer, 5th Fleet officials said, but it wasn’t until February that they saw the number 68 painted on it — the same number of the USS Nimitz, which was deployed in the region last summer. “It’s interesting to us that they would be building something like this ... this is a head-scratcher more than anything,” said Cmdr Jason Salata, Navy...
  • PHOTOS - circa 1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier

    03/02/2014 10:54:01 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1927 | Retronaut
    1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier HMS M2 was a Royal Navy submarine monitor completed in 1919, converted in 1927 into the world's first submarine aircraft carrier. She was shipwrecked in Lyme Bay, Dorset, Britain, on 26 January 1932. She was one of three M-class boats completed. • Design and Career Four M-class submarines replaced the order for the last four K-class submarines, K17-K21. Although they were similar in size, the M class was an entirely different design from the K class, although it is possible that some material ordered for the K-boats went into them. In any event, the end of...
  • New surveillance system for Royal Navy aircraft carriers

    02/04/2014 12:09:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ministry of Defence, UK ^ | 3 February 2014
    Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will get helicopter-borne early warning systems 18 months earlier than planned, saving £22 million. Following renegotiation of the aircraft carrier contract to deliver savings to the taxpayer, the Defence Secretary has accelerated the Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control programme to ensure it is operational by 2019. Using high-power radar to provide long-range air, maritime and land tracking capabilities, Crowsnest will be an integral part of future carrier operations. It will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s fleet of upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopters, including those to be embarked on the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. The decision...
  • Brazil Upgrades Its Sao Paulo Carrier – Analysis

    02/03/2014 11:42:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    eurasiareview ^ | February 3, 2014 | W. Alejandro Sanchez
    By W. Alejandro Sanchez An obscure fact of Latin American military affairs is that the Brazilian Navy possesses its own aircraft carrier. The vessel, now five decades old, is currently undergoing repairs so that it can serve for at least a decade more. Nevertheless, given the fast pace of South American geopolitics and geosecurity affairs, serious questions should be raised whether or not Brazil actually needs a carrier in its fleet. The Carrier Brazil acquired its carrier from France in November 2000: the vessel is a non-nuclear, 36,000 ton, Clemenceau-type carrier, which was constructed in the early 1960s.The carrier, originally...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • China building its own aircraft carrier: party official

    01/18/2014 12:33:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Focus News Taiwan ^ | 2014/01/18 | Hsiao Pao-hsiang and Jay Chen
    Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) The first aircraft carrier built entirely by China is being constructed in the northeastern city of Dalian, a Communist Party official said Saturday, confirming for the first time that the Chinese are building the vessel from scratch. Wang Min, party secretary in Liaoning Province, made the disclosure during a meeting of the provincial people's congress, according to the online edition of the Chinese-language Takungpao daily in Hong Kong. Wang told the delegates that the aircraft carrier is being built in a shipyard in Dalian and is expected to take six years to complete, Takungpao reported. Wang...
  • Russian Carrier Group Skirts Britain on Trip to Mediterranean

    01/11/2014 3:41:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/01/2014
    MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti) – A naval task force led by Russia’s largest warship has passed through the English Channel on its way to the Mediterranean, a Russian military official said on Friday. The group carried out naval aviation exercises while passing close to UK territorial waters, Captain 2nd Class Yevgeny Kirillov said. The group of ships, consisting of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and five escort vessels from Russia’s Northern Fleet, had days earlier anchored in the Moray Firth off the coast of Scotland due to inclement weather, the UK Defense Ministry confirmed on its...
  • Navy’s new $12b aircraft carrier beset with performance problems

    01/11/2014 3:32:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | JANUARY 10, 2014 | Bryan Bender
    Review raises doubts about launch capacity, other vital systems in new vessel WASHINGTON — The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, a multibillion-dollar behemoth that is the first in a next generation of carriers, is beset with a number of performance problems, even failing tests of its ability to launch and recover combat jets, according to an internal assessment by the Pentagon. The early tests are raising worries that the USS Gerald R. Ford, christened in honor of the 38th president in November, may not meet the Navy’s goal of significantly increasing the number of warplanes it can quickly launch —...
  • Despite appearances, Japan insists Izumo is not an aircraft carrier

    01/09/2014 9:51:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan ^ | January 07, 2014 | KUNIICHI TANIDA
    The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s newest ship has a flight deck its entire length and is nearly the size of the Shokaku and Zuikaku aircraft carriers that took part in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, yet Japan insists it is not an aircraft carrier. With a length of about 250 meters and standard displacement of 19,500 tons, the Izumo is the biggest ship in the fleet. Up to nine helicopters can land on its deck at the same time. Even so, the Defense Ministry and MSDF insist the Izumo, which was launched last summer, is simply a destroyer capable of...
  • First impressive images of China’s Aircraft Carrier Battle Group

    01/06/2014 5:47:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 63 replies
    China Defense Blog ^ | January 3, 2013 | Staff
    Photo Op of the year: PLAN's 1st Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) CV Liaoning and her "entourage" return to Qingdao after a 37-day training exercise at sea. Note the company of three Shang class nuclear attack subs among this over-the-top photo o
  • Chinese Navy exercise it's aircraft carrier battle group

    01/01/2014 11:40:42 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 47 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Chinese Navy (PLAN) exercises it's Carrier Strike Groupwith it's LPD and escorts, including two SSNs During the last week of December, the Chinese Navy, the PLAN, conducted exercises with a large group of vessels in what some are calling the Chinese combined fleet. It included their carrier, the Liaoning, CV-16, which is a modernized and refitted Russaain carrier and sister of the Russian, Kuznetsov. it included one of the Chinese large Landing Platform Docks (LPD) which is similar in size and function to the US Navy San Antonio Class LPDS. it included one of the Chinese Type 052C, Lanzhou...
  • Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?

    12/13/2013 11:57:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | December 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong. Over at The National Interest this week, former Naval Diplomat shipmate — U.S. Marines say there are no former Marines, just Marines; are there former shipmates? — Bryan McGrath wades into the debate over Tom Ricks’s Washington Post column urging the U.S. military to get smaller to get better. Let me wade in as well; the water’s fine. Ricks takes aim at the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in particular. He cites the expense of CVNs, but Bryan zeroes in mainly...
  • Navy plans nuke-powered carrier (India)

    12/05/2013 11:45:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | December 4 , 2013 | SUJAN DUTTA
    New Delhi, Dec. 3: The Indian Navy is designing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that it wants in its fleet, costs permitting. An indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the Arihant, is now in trials in the Bay of Bengal. The Indian Navy “desires” to have three operational carriers in its fleet but the only one in use currently, the INS Viraat, is rusting away faster than it would like. “The INS Viraat is ‘long in the tooth’ (outdated and too expensive to maintain),” the chief of naval staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, said here today. Naval headquarters is gradually beginning to take the view...
  • $4.5 million Lamborghini Veneno Roadster makes its public debut…on an aircraft carrier!

    12/04/2013 8:27:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | DECEMBER 2, 2013 | NICK KURCZEWSKI
    The launch of a multi-million dollar exotic car demands something more than palm trees and beaches. That’s why Lamborghini parked its Veneno Roadster – one of only nine to be built – on the deck of an Italian aircraft carrier docked in Abu Dhabi LAMBORGHINI The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one of the most extreme (and extremely expensive) supercars ever built. With 750-horsepower and a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, this 2-seat roadster can hit 221 mph. You’ve got to go the extra mile when planning the public introduction of one of the rarest and most expensive exotic cars in the world....
  • Three J-15 fighters can take off simultaneously from Liaoning carrier

    11/23/2013 1:14:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-11-22
    During its three-week exercise in open seas, Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier was able to launch three Shenyang J-15 fighters simultaneously from its flight deck according to an article written by Greg Waldron for Flightglobal, a UK-based news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. Waldron said the Liaoning has a total of three jet blast deflectors. While two parallel deflectors are located immediately forward of the island superstructure, a third is located closer to the stern of the ship. With all three positions fully operational, the aircraft carrier is capable of launching three J-15s from its...
  • Wait over, Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya to be inducted on Nov 15

    11/11/2013 8:01:23 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 26 replies
    The long-delayed $2.3-billion aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (Admiral Gorshkov) will be inducted into the Indian Navy by defence minister AK Antony during his Russia visit slated between November 15 and 17. The 45,000-tonne Kiev class warship, rechristened by the Navy as Vikramaditya, sailed out of the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia in July this year for trials. After ‘sustained full-power’ trials, it will now return to the shipyard for final polish and will be ready for handover to the Navy on November 15, when the defence minister visits Russia, MoD sources said. Antony will ‘accept’ the aircraft carrier on November...
  • Navy Christens Newest Aircraft Carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (Awesome Video)

    11/10/2013 1:51:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2013 | Staff
    The Navy has christened its newest aircraft carrier, which will join the fleet in 2016. The USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship in the Navy’s next class of aircraft carriers. It was christened Saturday at the Newport News shipyard where it was built.
  • US offers help for next generation aircraft carrier

    09/18/2013 9:29:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Thu Sep 19 2013 | Manu Pubby
    US offers help for next generation aircraft carrier The United States has offered to develop the next generation aircraft carrier technology with India, visiting deputy secretary of defence Ashton Carter said Wednesday. The technology on offer, Electro Magnetic Aircraft Launch System, will be a quantum leap for the Indian Navy that currently relies on the Russian ski-launch technology. Both Indian carriers, INS Vikramaditya, coming in November, and INS Vikrant, being built in Kochi, can ski-launch only light fighter aircraft. But EMALS would make it possible to launch heavy aircraft, including early warning systems, refuellers and transporters, from future ships. India...
  • Where are the Carriers?

    09/02/2013 8:25:50 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 66 replies
    self | 09-02-13 | vanity
    Isn't the first question that should always be asked in a potential conflict is, "where are the carriers?"
  • Does the Izumo Represent Japan Crossing the “Offensive” Rubicon?

    08/15/2013 6:08:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 5 replies
    defense-aerospace ^ | Aug. 13, 2013 | N/A
    On August 6 last week the MSDF unveiled its new helicopter “destroyer,” the Izumo (22DDH). While much media and diplomatic fuss has been made about this being an “aircraft carrier in disguise” with potentially “offensive” applications, there are some legal, practical, and future considerations that need to be understood for a balanced discussion of its significance to take place. Following on from the discussion in the previous instalment of this series, the question that one should reflect upon is whether the Izumo could be regarded as “war potential” given that many regard aircraft carriers to be exclusively offensive in nature....
  • Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ready to sail, finally

    07/12/2013 2:08:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Jul 12 2013 | Manu Pubby
    Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ready to sail, finally It is without doubt the largest warship ever to be operated by the Indian Navy. But if there is a record for the longest time spent by an Indian warship in a shipyard, the INS Vikramaditya would hold that too. After a long a painful process of renegotiations, price escalations and delays, India's new aircraft carrier finally seems to be on its way home. The refurbished ship — it was originally the Gorshkov, launched in 1982 — is currently undergoing an exhaustive series of trials in the Barents Sea to test...
  • This is where China will train its carrier-based fighter pilots

    05/21/2013 8:03:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 20, 2013 | John Reed
    As you can see in the Google Maps image above, the airfield (located about 300 miles from Qingdao, the homeport of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning) is freshly built and the northern end of the runway features a fake carrier flight deck that appears to be used to practice carrier landings (there are clear skid marks on the landing area). The southern end of the runway features two "ski-jump" ramps that are likely used by pilots to rehearse taking off from Liaoning's bow-mounted ramp. (Notice how only one of these ramps is complete in the imagery above while the...
  • China to build second, larger aircraft carrier, says report

    04/24/2013 2:03:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2013
    China to build second, larger aircraft carrier, says report China will build a second, larger aircraft carrier capable of carrying more fighter jets, the official Xinhua news service reported late Tuesday, quoting a senior officer with the People's Liberation Army (PLA ) Navy. The report comes after Chinese officials denied foreign media reports in September 2012 that China was building a second carrier in Shanghai. "China will have more than one aircraft carrier ... The next aircraft carrier we need will be larger and carry more fighters," Xinhua quoted Song Xue, deputy chief of staff of the PLA Navy, as...
  • Rare glimpse of life aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning (China)

    04/20/2013 3:46:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 20 April, 2013 | Minnie Chan
    Rare glimpse of life aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning Naval experts say latest pictures of nation's first aircraft carrier, released by the PLA, show how it has been transformed from its original design Beneath the expansive decks of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, facilities enjoyed by the ship's crew include a canteen, medical centre and on-air studio. Photos: SCMP The People's Liberation Army Daily has revealed what China's first carrier, the Liaoning, looks like on the inside. Western naval and shipbuilding experts say the hull's design is totally different from that of the ship from which it was adapted, the Soviet...
  • BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

    02/27/2013 8:08:22 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing Brett LoGiuratoFebruary 27, 2013, 6:53 PMWikimedia/Bektour Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined. "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House...
  • New bow fitted to Queen Elizabeth carrier

    02/09/2013 4:19:25 PM PST · by Smartisan · 31 replies
    Aircraft Carrier Alliance workers at Rosyth in Scotland successfully attached a 1,000-tonne bow unit to the huge ship, completing the forward part of her hull. Yesterday, 7 February, the forward island section of the ship departed from Portsmouth to join the other parts of the vessel in Rosyth.
  • China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

    11/24/2012 8:54:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2012-11-25
    China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said. A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said. Since the carrier...
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/27/2012 1:09:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 27, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • Carrier Strike Group Rushes To Persian Gulf

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is being rushed to the Persian Gulf as tensions between Israel and Iran edge closer to the boiling point. The Nimitz class carrier, with an air wing of about 90 aircraft, sets sail Monday on an eight-month deployment to the region -- four months ahead of schedule. In the gulf it will join the USS Enterprise Strike Group, giving the United States a powerful deterrent to any Iranian attack on commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz or a counterpunch to Iranian...
  • China'a DF-21D Missile Is A One-Shot Aircraft Carrier Killer

    07/24/2012 9:30:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 81 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    Since the end of WWII, America's naval might has been undisputed and our aircraft carriers have been its crown jewels. However, the days of dominance could end with China's new DF-21D ballistic missile—the only device on Earth capable of sinking an aircraft carrier—four and a half acres of sovereign US territory—with one shot. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi0d-eFiGN4&feature=player_embeddedThe DF-21D (Dong-Feng 21 variant D) is the world's first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It's a two stage, land-launched missile with a maximum estimated range of 2,700 to 3,000 km. Its single fuel-air explosive warhead packs 200 to 500 kilotons. It was developed by...
  • (USS) Truman Performs High Speed Rudder Test

    07/14/2012 9:58:18 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 98 replies
    USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs ^ | 7/9/2012 | Mass Comm Spec Seaman Taylor DiMartino
    USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted a full power run and rudder swing checks during sea trials July 8. The ship rolled more than 13 degrees in each direction. "After weeks of calibrations and testing, the ship's steering was finally put to the test," said Lt. Kasey Vowell, assistant auxiliary division officer for engineering department. Truman maxed out at 30 plus knots during the run.
  • Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near

    05/13/2012 7:19:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Euro Weekly Online ^ | 12 May 2012 | Linda Hall
    Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near SPAIN’S Navy is considering mothballing the Principe de Asturias aircraft carrier as well as six Santa Maria-class frigates. The ships would remain on “restricted duties” awaiting a return to operational duties, Navy sources said. This could be the first step towards decommissioning the ships, experts believe. The medium term economic situation was unlikely to improve and ships deteriorate quickly when not in constant use, they pointed out. The vessels’ age also meant that they would require such substantial refits before returning to active service that this might not be cost-effective. By 2018 the...
  • Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

    04/07/2012 1:48:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/7/2012 | Richard Whittle
    Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their first two touchdowns, sailors perched in the carrier's superstructure to watch the helicopter-airplane hybrid Osprey's first-ever carrier qualification landings, conducted off the coast of North Carolina, started giving the pilots "a lot of thumbs-up." Marine leaders hope the Osprey's "carrier quals," scheduled to continue in May...
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • New delay over fighter jet choice

    03/25/2012 10:23:37 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/25/2012 | Sean Rayment
    The Government is poised to perform an about-turn on its choice of plane to fly from two new aircraft carriers that will enter service in 2020. Senior officers have advised the Prime Minister to axe plans to buy the Joint Strike Fighter F-35C after the cost of converting the carriers to use them rose to £2 billion – on top of the £6.2 billion cost of building the vessels. The F-35C is propelled off the deck by a catapult, and "trapped" when it lands. Commanders have formally recommended that the Government buy the F-35B, which operates like a Harrier jump...
  • Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers

    03/24/2012 7:35:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/24/2012 | Thomas Harding
    Converting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter will require significantly less than the £2 billion quoted by officials, the assistant secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, insisted. In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, he told Peter Luff, the defence procurement minister, that the necessary equipment would cost £458 million before installation. Defence experts estimate the installation cost at £400  million. The letter was sent to Mr Luff before the Prime Minister met Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, at an emergency meeting about the carrier on Monday. The...
  • Building the world's most advanced ships was never going to be plain sailing

    03/21/2012 7:41:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 March 2012 | | Will Cook
    Building the world's most advanced ships was never going to be plain sailing It’s news to reassure anyone who's worried that the sovereignty of the people and penguins of Port Stanley has been put at risk by government defence cuts. Defence sources have told the Evening Standard newspaper that Britain’s two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers – currently under construction – are ‘unnecessarily large for the needs of the Royal Navy’. 'Unnecessarily large': An artist's impression of a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier, two of which are under construction for the Royal Navy There is even the suggestion that the...
  • UK Aircraft carriers 'may get jump jets'

    03/19/2012 8:51:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    British Forces News ^ | 3/19/2012 | Kaija Larke
    It is reported that spiralling costs for the new aircraft carrier programme could force the Government to scrap the cat and trap version of the new Joint Strike Fighter in favour of a jump-jet variant. The Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers both report Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wants a U-turn after projected costs for modifying the carriers to take the F-35C fighters reached as much as two billion pounds. It is understood Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned the carrier programme could be delayed by as much as seven years – or until 2027 – if existing plans are...
  • Navy confirms cost overrun on CVN 78

    03/16/2012 7:09:51 PM PDT · by U-238 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 3/15/2012 | Phillip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus confirmed Thursday that the cost overrun for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford is projected to reach $1 billion, bringing the ship’s total cost to some $12 billion — but said it’s on track to be delivered on schedule. The admission took place under questioning from Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who pointedly asked Mabus “what have you been doing on your watch” to control the costs on the new ship. Mabus said the Navy’s deal with shipbuilder Huntington-Ingalls Industries is such that the government has “recovered...
  • Lockheed could accommodate UK reversal on F-35 variant

    03/13/2012 5:36:34 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/15/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    A possible UK decision to reverse a variant switch on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would not cause a problem for Lockheed Martin, according to one of the company's senior programme officials. Speculation has mounted over recent weeks that the UK government could backtrack on its decision to shift its interest in the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to the C-model carrier variant. The move was included as part of its Strategic Defence and Security Review of late 2010, but has prompted concerns over the costs involved with modifying the Royal Navy's future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers with...
  • Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles

    03/12/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
    Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles The costs of refitting a Royal Navy aircraft carrier so it can be used by a new generation of fighter jets have more than trebled, defence sources have told The Daily Telegraph. Estimates for adapting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter are understood have risen from £500 million to £1.8 billion. Millions have already been spent on studies to look at how to convert the ship after ministers decided to scrap the jump-jet variant of the plane in favour of a conventional take-off and landing...