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  • China’s J-15 No Game Changer

    06/23/2011 9:56:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    China Sign Post ^ | June 23, 2011 | Gabe Collins & Andrew Erickson
    China’s J-15 No Game Changer June 23, 2011By Gabe Collins & Andrew Erickson The Chinese military's J-15 Flying Shark fighter is no great leap forward. Still, it suggests blue-water ambitions. Following is a guest entry from Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, co-founders of China Sign Post. Gen. Chen Bingde, Chief of Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has reportedly said that, for the first time, a Chinese ‘aircraft carrier is under construction.’ China is also already preparing the refitted ski-jump carrier Varyag, purchased from Ukraine in 1998, to go to sea. Given these developments, it seems a good time...
  • Nitin Pai: General Liu can close his eyelids

    06/12/2011 9:04:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 13, 2011 | Nitin Pai
    Nitin Pai: General Liu can close his eyelids If aircraft carriers are a platform for a country to project hard power far beyond its shores, submarines are an effective way to deny them space Nitin Pai / New Delhi June 13, 2011, 0:42 IST China’s new aircraft carrier should surprise only those who were not looking — it has been China’s largest open secret for several years now. It has – thanks to Google Earth –, that the partially-completed Soviet-era vessel that China’s Chong Lot Travel Agency bought for $20 million in the late-1990s, complete with designs, was not really...
  • Asia's new carriers pick up steam

    06/09/2011 6:08:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 9, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    Asia's new carriers pick up steam By Greg Waldron on June 9, 2011 6:09 PM Two big news items today, one about China's new aircraft carrier, the other about India's. China, more or less, confirmed its carrier programme. Although the former USSR carrier Varyag is clearly visible in Dalian - apparently a great view is available from the bedroom section of Ikea - the country has never officially acknowledged the ship, though it has been crawling with workers for years. What's more, the ship has a new phased array radar and bristles with other antennas. The Chinese language Hong Kong...
  • Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions

    06/09/2011 6:05:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 June 2011 | Damian Grammaticas
    Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions By Damian Grammaticas BBC News, Dalian It is the most visible symbol of China's rising military power. The giant, grey hulk of China's newest warship, 60,000 tonnes of steel, sits at a dockside in the port of Dalian, almost ready to set sail. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been reluctant to say anything about its first aircraft carrier as it has not yet entered service. But it must be the military's worst-kept secret. It is there for all to see, somewhat incongruously, right behind Dalian's Ikea superstore. The huge carrier has been...
  • We should share aircraft carrier, say French

    06/03/2011 9:02:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 06 Jun 2011 | Thomas Harding
    We should share aircraft carrier, say French Britain and France are set to share an aircraft carrier as part of plans for far closer integration between the two navies, the head of France’s fleet has said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. Admiral Pierre-Francois Forissier also disclosed that the French navy was amazed by the swath of cuts last year that severely reduced the Royal Navy with the axing of aircraft carriers and Harrier jump jets alongside warships. “From a French standpoint, I have to say that we were really stunned because the Royal Navy has always been a...
  • Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power

    05/09/2011 7:37:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power By SLOBODAN LEKIC The Associated Press 6:01 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011 ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE — Despite growing controversy about the cost and relevance of aircraft carriers, navies around the world are adding new ones to their inventories at a pace unseen since World War II. The U.S. — with more carriers than all other nations combined — and established naval powers such as Britain, France and Russia are doing it. So are Brazil, India and China — which with Russia form the BRIC grouping of emerging economic giants. "The whole...
  • ANALYSIS: China’s new aircraft carrier changes strategic map

    05/01/2011 10:30:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | May 02, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    ANALYSIS: China’s new aircraft carrier changes strategic map RISING THREAT::While it may be years before China’s aircraft carrier provides any real threat, it joins the J-15 fighter jet in ratcheting up the risks for US forces in the region By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Mon, May 02, 2011 - Page 3 Reports last month that China’s first aircraft carrier could embark on its maiden voyage sometime this year, added to speculation that the Chinese navy’s first -carrier-based aircraft could be operational by 2015, point to the high likelihood that Taiwan’s security dilemma is about to become even more...
  • Navy personnel begin training on refurbished Admiral Gorshkov

    04/14/2011 8:15:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Navy personnel begin training on refurbished Admiral Gorshkov With the Navy set to induct aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov by 2012, the first batch of Navy personnel have begun training on the refurbished vessel in St. Petersburg, Russia. "The first group of 152 sailors and officers have started their training on-board INS Vikramaditya in Russia. The training comprises four months of theory and almost a similar period of practical exercises on the ship," naval spokesperson told PTI here on Thursday. The group comprises sailors and officers from technical branches of the Navy who will train on the Gorshkov christened as INS...
  • Ming Dynasty admiral spooks Taiwan (Chinese carrier)

    04/12/2011 8:06:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Apr 13, 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Ming Dynasty admiral spooks Taiwan By Jens Kastner TAIPEI - A proud China is set to launch its first aircraft carrier. For Taiwan, the carrier's most frightening aspect could be its name. For years, military enthusiasts flying over the seaport city of Dalian in northeast China knew well when to press their noses against the cabin windows. On the approach to Dalian's Zhoushuizi airport, the construction of China's first aircraft carrier could be spotted, with workers busy along the length of the 302-meter long, 70.5-meter wide ship. They installed engines and other heavy equipment, completed the radar mast, installed the...
  • Aircraft carrier: A mind-boggling building job (UK)

    04/09/2011 9:16:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 56 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 7 April 2011 | Chris Summers
    Aircraft carrier: A mind-boggling building job By Chris Summers BBC News In a shipyard in Scotland the future of the Royal Navy is slowly taking shape. But the construction of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is a mammoth task. Imagine an aircraft carrier as a 65,000-tonne jigsaw puzzle and you have got a good idea of the scale of the building of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The pieces are being built at six shipyards around the UK and will be slotted together at Rosyth in Fife using an enormous crane which was transported by sea from China. Around 10,000 workers...
  • 70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality

    04/07/2011 6:47:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 109 replies
    South China Morning Post (SCMP) ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Minnie Chan & Julian Ryall
    70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality Minnie Chan and Julian Ryall in Tokyo Apr 7, 2011 Twenty high-resolution pictures of China's first aircraft carrier, the 67,500-tonne Varyag, appeared on the Xinhua website yesterday, with captions saying the vessel was almost finished and expected to sail this year. It was the first time official state media reported on the nation's first aircraft carrier project as well as indicating its construction progress at a shipyard in Dalian , Liaoning . The Xinhua report came as Japan's National Institute for Defence Studies released its annual strategic review, which said the influence...
  • US naval aviation back on the rise

    04/04/2011 8:15:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 04/04/2011
    US naval aviation back on the rise © Northrop Grumman How Northrop Grumman sees the carrier deck of 2020 Retired Vice Adm Robert Dunn remembers being called to the Secretary of the Navy's office. It was 1989 and the US Navy was still at the peak of its Cold War, 600-ship glory. Defence spending, however, was already in decline and the navy's top civilian, Henry Garrett, had a tough decision to make. As deputy chief of naval operations for aviation, Dunn's portfolio included two projects for a carrier-based, long-range strike aircraft - a re-engined Grumman A-6E Intruder called the A-6F...
  • Fighter jet’s engine explodes on U.S. aircraft carrier in million-dollar accident that injures 10

    03/31/2011 4:55:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-31-11
    Ten sailors were injured yesterday when a jet fighter's engine exploded as it prepared to take off from an aircraft carrier. The F/A-18C Hornet was starting a training exercise when the accident occurred on the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis, in waters off California. Four sailors were flown to Naval Medical Center San Diego where they were in stable condition.
  • U.K. aircraft carrier up for bids

    03/29/2011 10:23:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies
    upi ^ | March. 28, 2011
    LONDON, - The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal can be yours, courtesy of the U.K. Ministry of Defense auction Web site, authorities said. The former flagship of the Royal Navy was decommissioned two weeks ago years as part of the government's defense budget review after serving with the fleet for 25, the BBC reported. Interested auction bidders can view Ark Royal at her home port, Portsmouth Naval Base, on May 3 and 4, authorities said. Bidders wishing to inspect the carrier must submit an outline of their "intentions regarding the vessel" to the Ministry of Defense, the BBC said....
  • France's floating frontline against Libya's Gaddafi

    03/27/2011 10:26:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Elizabeth Pineau
    France's floating frontline against Libya's Gaddafi Sun Mar 27, 2011 By Elizabeth Pineau ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER CHARLES DE GAULLE (Reuters) - Dressed in a khaki uniform and protective helmet, a French pilot emerges from the Rafale fighter jet that just landed on the deck of the Charles de Gaulle carrier, back from another mission over Libya. A dozen mechanics scramble to assess the plane: the fuel specialists wear red, the maintenance crew green and the on-deck traffic controllers wear yellow, barking orders that have earned them the French nickname "yellow dogs". A Hawkeye radar plane is next to land, soon...
  • France sends carrier to Libya, conducts more flights

    03/20/2011 6:41:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 20, 2011 | Elizabeth Pineau & John Irish
    France sends carrier to Libya, conducts more flights 8:59am EDT By Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France sent an aircraft carrier toward Libya on Sunday and its warplanes carried out further operations over the north African country, armed forces and defense officials said. The Charles de Gaulle carrier, the flagship of the French fleet, left the southern port of Toulon at around 1200 GMT, carrying around 1,800 crew members and some 20 aircraft. The carrier was accompanied by an attack submarine, several frigates and a refueling ship, defense officials said. "The French operations continue," said a source...
  • China's Military Space Surge

    03/14/2011 10:57:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Space Ref ^ | 3/8/2011 | Space Ref
    China's surging military space program is poised to challenge U.S. aircraft carrier operations in the Pacific, as Chinese military spacecraft already gather significant new radar, electrooptical imaging, and signal intelligence data globally. During 2010, China more than doubled its military satellite launch rate to 12. This compares with three to five military missions launched each year between 2006 and 2009. Since 2006, China has launched about 30 military related spacecraft. Its total of 15 launches in 2010 set a new record for China and for the first time equaled the U.S. flight rate for a given year. Most U.S. public...
  • Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power

    03/10/2011 7:41:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Chinadaily.com.cn ^ | March 9, 2011
    Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power Chinadaily.com.cn, March 9, 2011 Japan has been formally classified for the first time since World War II as an aircraft-carrier power by a leading Western international affairs think tank. Japan has one Hyuga-class aircraft carrier, according to Military Balance 2011, an annual report published on Tuesday by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) assessing the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries worldwide. The annual report is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research. Classifying Japan as an aircraft carrier power means China now has...
  • INS Vikramaditya Starts Dock Trials in Severodvinsk

    03/04/2011 7:45:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 3/4/2011 | M Pyadushkin
    INS Vikramaditya Starts Dock Trials in Severodvinsk Posted by M Pyadushkin at 3/4/2011 12:24 PM CST From March 1 Kiev-class Vikramaditya (ex-Russian Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier started dock trials, reported the Severodvinsk-based Sevmash facility that is retrofitting the ship for the Indian Navy. According to Sevmash’s head of construction Dmitry Strelchenko, the most difficult and important part of the trials will be the testing of the main propulsion system. In addition, the manufacturer will check the ship’s electronic warfare system, including the Indian-made ones, and the flight deck facilities. “The goal of the dock tests is to prepare the ship’s...
  • Spain's Aircraft Carrier Begins Air-naval Certification Campaign

    02/14/2011 11:30:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 2/14/2011 | Christina Mackenzie
    Spain's Aircraft Carrier Begins Air-naval Certification Campaign Posted by Christina Mackenzie at 2/14/2011 9:28 AM CST The Juan Carlos I, Spain's amphibious aircraft carrier launched on September 30, 2010, is undergoing year-long sea trials and last week started the process of gaining its air-naval certification. The first helicopter landed aboard on February 8 at 10:51. Other helicopters from the 6th Squadron (Hughes 500) and the 3rd Squadron (AB-212) then followed. Commander Emilio Aceña Medina brings his helicopter in to land on the Juan Carlos I. Photo credit: Spanish Navy The next phase will involve landing and take-off of Harrier AV-8B...
  • Naval Eurofighter: An Aircraft Carrier Version Under Development

    02/10/2011 6:31:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 4+ views
    Eurofighter GmgH via Defense Talk ^ | 2/10/2011 | Eurofighter GmgH via Defense Talk
    The development of carrier aviation during the 20th century led to a dramatic paradigm shift in military capability. For the first time, navies had the ability to exert their influence far over the horizon – supporting land campaigns and allowing hostile fleets to be engaged from beyond the range of a battleship’s guns. From Pearl Harbor to more recent conflicts in the Falklands and the Middle East, the carrier and its aircraft provide commanders with an unrivaled ability to project military and political influence; several acres of sovereign territory which can be moved close to potential trouble spots at short...
  • China’s Carrier Killer Ballistic Missiles are Operational

    02/09/2011 9:13:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/28/2010 | Defense Tech
    It looks like this is the week China’s military rapidly advancing military tech keeps getting the limelight . First, we saw pics of the Asian giant’s new stealth fighter. Now, it looks like China is one step closer to fielding ballistic missiles aimed at holding U.S. forces throughout the Pacific at bay. Adm. Robert Willard, the top U.S. officer in the Pacific said this week that China’s new DF-21D anti-ship balistic missiles, with their 900-mile range, have reached an early operational status. Apparently, the missiles, widely fretted over in Washington as one of the most serious threats to the United...
  • J-20: China's ultimate aircraft carrier-killer?

    02/09/2011 9:30:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Flight Global ^ | February 9, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    J-20: China's ultimate aircraft carrier-killer? By Stephen Trimble on February 9, 2011 It's been nearly one month since first flight of the Chengdu J-20, but we still know so little about the aircraft. China's air force -- the PLAAF -- has remained surprisingly mum on an aircraft they were so willing to flaunt on a Chengu runway for nearly three weeks. We still don't know if the J-20 is officially intended as a one-off technology demonstrator or a developmental prototype, although many observers have assumed the latter. We also don't know what the J-20 is designed to do. Is it...
  • China Builds A Different Kind Of Carrier Air Wing

    02/08/2011 11:27:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/8/2011 | The Strategy Page
    China has two aircraft carriers (Shi Lang and "Carrier F") under construction, with one going to sea by next year. With the ship designs fixed, attention turns to the aircraft, both the types and their organization and operation. Current Chinese practice is to base seagoing aircraft (helicopters) at land facilities, sending them to serve on ships that are going to sea as needed. It appears that China will do the same thing, at least initially, with their carriers. This is different from American practice, where the carrier air wings are assigned permanently (except when the carriers are out of action...
  • NGC's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Completes 1st Carrier Landing

    02/04/2011 2:43:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 2/4/2011 | ASDNews
    The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) -built E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the U.S. Navy's newest airborne early warning and command and control aircraft, has landed on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and begun carrier suitability testing. With 99 percent of radar testing complete, the purpose of this phase of testing is to assess the aircraft's effectiveness in an operational environment. While onboard the Truman, all aspects of aviation/ship integration will be addressed, including logistics, manpower and interoperability, as well as catapult and arrested landing structural tests. "This first landing of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on a carrier deck is a...
  • The Severodvinsk: stealthily prowling after aircraft carriers

    02/02/2011 5:14:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | Oleg Nekhai
    The Severodvinsk: stealthily prowling after aircraft carriers Oleg Nekhai The Russian Navy is set to receive a powerful shot in the arm – the marines will welcome the newest multipurpose Yasen-class submarine - the Severodvinsk. The nuclear powered attack submarine is armed with several types of cruise missiles and torpedo launchers, and can be used to accomplish a wide range of tasks, including seeking out enemy aircraft carriers. But its core function is supporting ballistic missile-carrying nuclear submarines that are part of the country’s strategic nuclear forces, notes an expert at the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, Alexander Khramchikhin....
  • Aircraft Carriers Face Growing Threats

    01/31/2011 10:41:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 47 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/31/2011 | Michael Fabey
    On the American ballistic submarine USS Maine in waters off the Florida coast not too long ago, two submariners eyed a U.S. aircraft carrier through their periscope in the roiling sea. “I think it’s the Washington,” one submariner said. “It doesn’t matter — it doesn’t know we’re here,” the other replied, eyeing the carrier through the scope. “Bang,” he said. “You’re dead.” In the submarine world, carriers, like other surface ships, represent targets. But lately U.S. aircraft carriers have appeared to be growing more vulnerable to threats deployed from under the sea and in the air. And those threats have...
  • Aircraft Carriers Face Growing Threats

    01/31/2011 9:20:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Aviationweek.com ^ | Jan 31, 2011 | Michael Fabey
    Aircraft Carriers Face Growing Threats Jan 31, 2011 By Michael Fabey On the American ballistic submarine USS Maine in waters off the Florida coast not too long ago, two submariners eyed a U.S. aircraft carrier through their periscope in the roiling sea. “I think it’s the Washington,” one submariner said. “It doesn’t matter — it doesn’t know we’re here,” the other replied, eyeing the carrier through the scope. “Bang,” he said. “You’re dead.” In the submarine world, carriers, like other surface ships, represent targets. But lately U.S. aircraft carriers have appeared to be growing more vulnerable to threats deployed from...
  • China shows off footage of its first aircraft carrier

    01/29/2011 7:18:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    China shows off footage of its first aircraft carrier January 29th, 2011 Beijing: China today provided glimpses of the country's first aircraft carrier, an upgraded version of a partially-built vessel purchased from Ukraine in 1998, which is undergoing sea trials. People's Daily, the official organ of the ruling Communist Party of China, carried a brief video showing the ship undergoing sea trials. The video displayed in its interactive section, Peoples Forum also showed an aircraft landing on it. China has taken a major step towards commissioning its first aircraft carrier by largely completing the restoration of a derelict ship purchased...
  • India will have two aircraft carrier strike forces by around 2015

    01/19/2011 9:00:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 20, 2011
    India will have two aircraft carrier strike forces by around 2015 TNN, Jan 20, 2011, 03.38am IST NEW DELHI: Navy is confident India will have two full-fledged aircraft carrier battle groups (CBGs) by 2015 or so despite slippages in ongoing refit of the 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov in Russia and construction of the 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) at Cochin Shipyard. "We are definitely looking at deploying two aircraft carriers by the middle of this decade,'' said assistant chief of naval staff (foreign cooperation and intelligence) Rear Admiral Anil Chawla on Wednesday. Navy, in fact, can stretch the operational life of...
  • Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier

    01/19/2011 2:50:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | January 19, 2011
    Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier (01-19) 00:14 PST BEIJING, China (AP) -- China has taken a major step toward commissioning its first aircraft carrier by largely completing the restoration of a derelict ship purchased from Ukraine, a news report said Wednesday. The restoration includes all living and working compartments, engines, navigation systems and power-generating equipment, Hong Kong-based Kanwa Asian Defense magazine said. Additional work is still needed on the elevator and flight deck, it said, but it was unclear when the restoration would be completed. The U.S. Department of Defense has said it expects the ship to be relaunched...
  • Defending the carriers

    01/14/2011 11:09:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Defence Management, UK ^ | January 14, 2011 | Dr Lee Willett
    Defending the carriers Friday, January 14, 2011 With Britain's Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers not due to enter service for nearly a decade and talk of strong new threats to carriers emerging, Dr Lee Willett, Head of RUSI's Maritime Studies programme, examines their viability The United Kingdom's two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers survived the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) – but only just. Despite the demonstrable strategic value of two highly flexible flat-topped ships in meeting a range of UK tasks from the high end to the low end of the spectrum, the carriers' fate hung in...
  • Former HK chef in bold bid for British aircraft carrier

    01/07/2011 12:11:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Jan 07, 2011 | Niall Fraser, Greg Torode and Minnie Chan
    Former HK chef in bold bid for British aircraft carrier Warship wanted as floating international school in Zhuhai Niall Fraser, Greg Torode and Minnie Chan Updated on Jan 07, 2011 A UK-based Hong Kong businessman has made an audacious bid to buy one of Britain's most famous aircraft carriers - HMS Invincible - which he plans to tow to China and convert into an international school. Chef-turned-entrepreneur Lam Kin-bong, who is also a Zhuhai lawmaker, has offered £5 million (HK$60 million) for the 30-year-old, 200-metre long carrier, which is being sold in an internet auction by Britain's Ministry of Defence...
  • China Has Plans For Five Carriers

    01/05/2011 12:00:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Aviationweek.com ^ | Jan 5, 2011 | Richard D. Fisher, Jr.
    China Has Plans For Five Carriers Jan 5, 2011 By Richard D. Fisher, Jr. Alexandria, Va. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is assembling the production and basing capacity to make its aircraft carrier program one of Asia’s largest military endeavors. A plausible near-term projection for China’s aircraft carrier ambitions was revealed in two 2009 articles in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, which featured rare access to Chinese military and shipbuilding sources. The sources noted that China would first build two non-nuclear medium-sized carriers similar to the 50,000-ton ex-Soviet/Ukrainian Project 1143.5 carrier Varyag being rebuilt in Dalian Harbor. These carriers would start...
  • China to launch 1st aircraft carrier in 2011

    01/05/2011 7:05:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 01/05/11
    01-05-2011 17:29 China to launch 1st aircraft carrier in 2011 China plans to launch an aircraft carrier for training within this year after completing work to repair it which it bought from the former Soviet Union, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday. Quoting military experts, Yomiuri said, “The Chinese Navy will begin operation of the aircraft carrier which it bought in 2002 after repair work in Dalian, northeastern China’s Liaoning Province.” The 65,000-ton aircraft carrier is 304 meters long. Construction began in 1985, but stopped with a 70-percent completion as the Soviet Union collapsed. If operation begins, it will be...
  • US Navy to Probe "Lewd" Videos Shown to Carrier Crew

    01/02/2011 11:06:33 AM PST · by anymouse · 179 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 2, 2011
    A top officer aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier broadcast to his crew a series of profanity-laced comedy sketches in which he uses gay slurs, mimics masturbation and opens the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together, a newspaper reported. The Virginian-Pilot reported in its Sunday editions that Capt. Owen Honors appeared in the videos in 2006 and 2007 while he was the USS Enterprise's second-ranking officer, and showed them across the ship on closed-circuit television. He took over as the ship's commander in May. (snip) "The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew's attention on specific...
  • Miscarriage! (more delays for Indian carrier)

    12/30/2010 8:17:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies · 30+ views
    The Week, India ^ | 12/19/2010 | Syed Nazakat
    DEFENCE INS Vikramaditya may not arrive even in 2012 By Syed Nazakat Ahead of his last visit to India, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev got angry with the Sevmash Shipyard. He publicly scolded the Russian shipbuilder for delays in delivering the INS Vikramaditya, formerly the Admiral Gorshkov. Medvedev knew that India was tired of waiting for the 45,000-tonne aircraft-carrier. While his two-day visit to Delhi ?this December was to better the bilateral relations, Moscow is aware that further delays in the INS Vikramaditya deal could be a setback to Russia-India defence ties and could sour future defence deals. The original delivery...
  • What a War Between China and the United States Would Look Like

    12/30/2010 6:38:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 136 replies · 63+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 29, 2010 | Erik Sofge
    What a War Between China and the United States Would Look Like Any Chinese move to take over Taiwan would trigger a confrontation with the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Is the U.S. prepared to counter this growing threat? By Erik Sofge The mobile DF-21D can target aircraft carriers, and there are no reliable U.S. defenses against it. August 9, 2015 - 0400 Hours The war for Taiwan starts in the early morning. There are no naval bombardments or waves of bombers: That's how wars in the Pacific were fought 70 years ago. Instead, 1200 cruise and ballistic missiles rise...
  • Photographs of the World's First Aircraft Carrier Resurface

    12/27/2010 8:04:19 PM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 3+ views
    On November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely became the first pilot to successfully launch a plane from a stationary ship. The Curtiss pusher airplane, one of the first models in the world to be built in any significant quantity, flew for two miles before Ely landed on a beach. Using the same aircraft, Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania on January 18, 1911, while the ship was anchored at the San Francisco waterfront. He had to use a braking system made of ropes and sandbags, but he was able to quickly turn around and take off once again, proving that ideas...
  • China speeds plans to launch aircraft carrier: sources

    12/23/2010 12:35:11 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 23, 2010 | Benjamin Kang
    China may be ready to launch its first aircraft carrier in 2011, Chinese military and political sources said on Thursday, a year ahead of U.S. military analysts' expectations. Analysts expect China to use its first operational aircraft carrier to ensure the security of its oil supply route through the Indian Ocean and near the disputed Spratly Islands, but full capability is still some years away.
  • Better to share Britain’s second carrier

    12/19/2010 8:49:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | December 19 2010 | David Manning & Franklin Miller
    Better to share Britain’s second carrier By David Manning and Franklin Miller Published: December 19 2010 18:49 In our era of austerity, governments are having to consider a range of hitherto unthinkable cuts. Few areas are more sensitive than defence, as was signalled so clearly by the British press this autumn in their emotive coverage of the last voyage of the aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal. Defence cuts do however give governments the opportunity to pursue radical ideas, which could open the way to a new age of defence co-operation. This might include sharing an aircraft carrier with Nato, France...
  • Documents Confirm China's Aircraft Carrier Plans

    12/18/2010 8:08:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Documents Confirm China's Aircraft Carrier Plans China is planning to build an aircraft carrier according to documents seen by the Asahi Shimbun. The Japanese daily on Thursday quoted the Institute for Ocean Development Strategy, a think tank under China's State Oceanic Administration, as saying in a recent report that Beijing "conceived the idea and worked out a plan in 2009 to build an aircraft carrier." This shows that China "is determined to become a maritime power," the report said. "The task is essential in achieving the great revival of the Chinese nation." The plan has been an open secret, but...
  • Beijing admits it is building an aircraft carrier.

    12/16/2010 11:37:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies
    Asahi.com ^ | 12/17/2010 | Kenji Minemura
    China has officially admitted for the first time that it has embarked on an aircraft carrier building program, part of a grand strategy to "build itself up as a maritime power." A report published by the State Oceanic Administration says the country's leaders decided last year to back plans to build China's first aircraft carrier. The Chinese government and military had kept the program under wraps until now. The annual national ocean development report says that asserting China's power at sea is "indispensible to accomplishing the great resurgence of the Chinese people." Chinese military sources said initial plans had called...
  • British Government to Scrap Aircraft Carrier

    12/15/2010 10:48:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2010-12-16
    British Government to Scrap Aircraft Carrier 2010-12-16 06:59:44 Xinhua Web Editor: Luo The British government announced on Wednesday that it would scrap an aircraft carrier in 2014. The vessel, HMS Illustrious, will be scrapped as part of cuts in military spending that will total 7.8 percent of the overall budget of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) over the coming four years, Defense Secretary Liam Fox told members of parliament here. The budget cuts in military spending have already seen another aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, which is Illustrious' sister ship, retired last week, several years earlier than originally planned. Wednesday...
  • Russia defense minister denies plans to build aircraft carriers

    12/10/2010 7:41:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 5+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/12/2010
    Russia defense minister denies plans to build aircraft carriers Russia is not planning to build any new aircraft carriers in the foreseeable future, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday. "No, there are no such plans," he said. His comment came in response to remarks earlier in the day by an unnamed Defense Ministry source who said Russia would start the construction of a new series of aircraft carriers. "Four aircraft carriers are needed to ensure the Navy's effective operation. The Defense Ministry will not abandon the idea of building such warships," the source said. "Before 2020, Russia will start...
  • Nimitz leaves for maintenance, may not return

    12/06/2010 5:37:35 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | December 6, 2010 | Jeanette Steele
    No. 68 has left the bay. The Navy aircraft carrier Nimitz, which bears the familiar number 68 on its tower, departed San Diego Monday morning, bound for a year of maintenance work in Washington state. Its 2,800-sailor crew called San Diego home for almost a decade. The $4 billion flat-top leaves a question mark in its place at Coronado’s North Island Naval Air Station. The Navy has not revealed whether the Nimitz will return to San Diego in a year – restoring the city to its status as a three-carrier port – or stay in the Puget Sound region. The...
  • Navy ad shows US carrier as own (India)

    12/05/2010 10:22:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    India Today ^ | December 5, 2010
    Navy ad shows US carrier as own Mail Today Bureau | New Delhi, December 5, 2010 | The Indian Navy may be aspiring to become the most powerful force in the Indian Ocean but for the present, it seems to be riding on Uncle Sam's back. That seemed to be the message the navy sent out when it released special advertisement supplements in various newspapers on the occasion of Navy Day, which was on Saturday. A prominent picture in one such advertisement, obviously released from Mumbai, shows a flight of Jaguars and Sea Harriers flying alongside FA-18 of the US...
  • J-15 Dreams (Chinese carrier plans)

    12/02/2010 8:13:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 2, 2010 | Greg Waldron
    J-15 Dreams Greg Waldron on December 2, 2010 Since joining the Flightglobal team I've been burning to write about the elephant in the room: China's aircraft carrier. That she exists is beyond question. Formerly the Russian carrier Varyag, the flattop is tied up in Dalian covered by scaffolding, a tantalizing plume of smoke rising from her island. What's going on in there? Engines gearing up? Apparently she even has a name, Shi Yang, and an auspicious number, 83. Shi Yang was an admiral who invaded Taiwan in 1861. There is plenty of speculation on the Internet, but from the Chinese...
  • Boeing Offers F/A 18 Naval Variant for Indian Navy Fighter Jet Requirement

    11/30/2010 12:03:53 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    India Defense ^ | 11/24/2010 | India Defense
    Boeing India has offered a naval variant of the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets multi role fighter jet platform to the Indian Navy. The Navy currently has one aircraft carrier (INS Viraat) in service and Russia is expected to deliver INS Vikramaditya by 2012. India is developing indigenous aircraft carriers and the aim is to have a total of three Aircraft carriers resulting in two fully operational Carrier battle groups and an additional Aircraft carrier eventually in refit making India an operating Blue-water navy.
  • George Washington Strike Group Begins Exercise with Republic of Korea

    11/29/2010 1:58:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Navy ^ | 11/28/2010 | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheryl Callahan
    The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28. The exercise is part of the series announced at the 2 + 2 meetings in July and is scheduled to run until Dec. 1. "While this exercise, which is defensive in nature, has been planned for some time, it underscores the importance of the ROK-U.S. alliance and our collective commitment to regional security and stability," said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, Commander, Task Force 70. The purpose of the four-day...