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  • China rising: Beijing’s navy may deploy four aircraft carriers by 2022

    09/12/2018 7:43:23 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 36 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/12/18 | USA Features
    The Chinese are rapidly building a world-class navy that, by 2022, could include as many as four aircraft carriers, according to current estimates. Already, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has fielded a pair of carriers: The Liaoning, a Soviet-era vessel that the Chinese spent many years refurbishing and which now serves primarily as a training ship; and the Type 002, which is currently undergoing sea trials and has yet to be named. There is a third carrier, the Type 003, under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, and there are “credible reports of a fourth ship of the...
  • We Now Know When Navy Aircraft Carriers Will be Armed with F-35s

    03/19/2018 8:28:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Kris Osborn
    US Navy leaders have announced that the first-of-its kind carrier-launched F-35C stealth fighter will deploy for its first operational deployment on the USS Carl Vinson -- in 2021. The anticipated historical deployment could be accelerated by the 2019 budget proposal which supports a transition of the F-35C program from a developmental phase to more formal test and evaluation before being declared operational later this year, Rear. Adm. S.D. Conn, Director, Air Warfare Chief of Naval Operations, told Congress. “Stealth technology and advanced integrated systems enable the F-35C to counter rapidly evolving air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. Whether the mission requires the...
  • For The First Time In 13 Years, U.S. Deploys 7 Aircraft Carriers Simultaneously

    11/06/2017 6:49:06 PM PST · by blam · 65 replies
    Capitol Zero ^ | 11-7-2017
    The US has simultaneously deployed 7 of the 11 U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers for the first time in over a decade according to the US Naval Institute. The three aircraft carriers with full air wings and strike groups positioned in the Western Pacific are the following: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); USS Nimitz (CVN-68); USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Another four are conducting “short training missions as part of training operations or workups ahead of deployment”. Two out of four are operating in Eastern Pacific – USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) – and the remaining two are...
  • The Slow Death Of The Carrier Air Wing

    07/30/2017 6:59:49 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 7/19/17 | Gary Wetzel
    Everything about the aircraft carrier is analyzed these days. How vulnerable they are. How vulnerable they aren’t. How easy it is to sink one with a French attack submarine. How big they should be. How small they should be. Should we even have them at all? Yet most of these arguments have lost sight of the fact that the only reason a carrier exists is to take its air wing into battle. The air wing—the actual aircraft on the aircraft carrier, naturally—is the true measurement of a carrier’s worth. Without the air wing we wouldn’t need these ships at all....
  • Report: Two More U.S. Aircraft Carriers to be Deployed to Korean Peninsula

    04/17/2017 5:20:51 PM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge reports: While details are scarce, and we would urge confirmation from US-based sources, Yonhap also reports that according to the government source the operation of three aircraft carriers in the same location is unusual, and demonstrates the US commitment to North Korea. Other sources said the Trump administration is demonstrating deterrence by acting on its behalf. “We expect it to be completely different from the previous administration.” The U.S. and South Korea, according to a South Korean government official, are discussing joint drills that would ultimately include the three U.S. aircraft carriers and other vessels.
  • US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap News

    04/17/2017 10:26:48 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Fake News Matters ^ | 4-17-217 | Yonhap News (South Korea)
    According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source. Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group – currently undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon – will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government...
  • The Enduring Relevance of America’s Aircraft Carriers

    02/27/2016 10:59:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2016 | Michael R. Groothousen, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Pentagon budget battles inevitably bring out the long knives. But in the age of sequestration absolute lunacy has taken over. Left-leaning and libertarian think tanks as well as pundits of various stripes have declared open season on our Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers and the carrier strike group (CSG) concept, calling them outdated and obsolete in light of current threats. Some politicians agree with them. These pols see the high cost of building and operating carriers as a pot of gold to be raided to pay for everything else they can think of, and they can think of a lot...
  • We may be reaching the end of the dominance of US aircraft carriers

    02/23/2016 3:07:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Hot ^ | February 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Going back to the Battle of Midway and beyond, the United States aircraft carrier task forces have been the dominant power on the seas, and for good reason. When properly deployed and flanked by smaller, versatile warships, they provide the equivalent of a massive air base and marine troop deployment station which can be parked on the doorstep of any enemy. Unfortunately, their days of supremacy may be numbered, at least according to one recent report. (Washington Post) A report published Monday by the Center for a New American Security, a D.C.-based think tank that focuses on national security, claims...
  • 'Beyond Belief': Obama Moves to Close Last US Uranium Plant

    09/28/2015 10:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Newsmax. ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | David A. Patten
    The Obama administration plans to close the last remaining American-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States, even as it moves forward on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that permits the Islamic Republic to conduct ongoing and significant uranium enrichment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has informed Centrus Energy it will end the American Centrifuge project in Piketon, Ohio, on Sept. 30. Notices have been issued to some 235 workers that their jobs are in jeopardy. ... This is beyond belief," Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, responded in a statement. "While this administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran...
  • The U.S. Navy is risking everything on a fatally flawed technology

    05/30/2015 7:52:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 76 replies ^ | May 29, 2015 | David W. Wise
    <p>"History," it has been written, "does not repeat itself, but it rhymes." Today it's rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents.</p>
  • Washington State Wants to Build a Bridge Out of Old Aircraft Carriers

    04/13/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    n the not-too-distant future, drivers in Washington state could cross the Sinclair Inlet on a bridge made of two or three decommissioned aircraft carriers. ... No aircraft carrier is available for the project—not yet, at least. Currently, the backers of the project have their eyes on the USS Independence, which was commissioned in the 1960s and could go to the salvage yard later this year, and the USS Kitty Hawk, a carrier that sailed in the Vietnam War after its 1958 commission.
  • Chinese Officials Just Confirmed They're Building A Second Aircraft Carrier

    03/10/2015 6:07:16 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 3-10-2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Jeremy Bender March 10, 2015Chinese officials have confirmed that the country is currently building a second aircraft carrier, according to a number of Chinese and Taiwanese media sources. The former political commissar of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Liu Xioajiang told the Hong Kong Commercial Daily that a second aircraft carrier's construction is now in the hands of governmental agencies, according to news translations by Focus Taiwan. Liu also hinted that Beijing's second carrier, which would be China's first indigenously produced carrier, was only the start of the nation's maritime ambitions.(snip)
  • This Chart Explains Why The US Military Is Such A Dominant Global Force

    07/12/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 7-12-2014 | Brian Jones
    Brian JonesJuly. 11, 2014The single most important contributor to the U.S.'s military dominance is the country's powerful navy, which gives America the ability to project hard power just about anywhere in the world.(snip) (snip)
  • The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers

    01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 99 replies
    The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today. The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24. The new “Optimized Fleet Response Plan” represents an effort to standardize training, maintenance and overseas cruise schedules for the Navy’s 283 front-line warships, in particular the 10 nuclear-powered carriers. The...
  • Don't look for Obama at shipyard (Can't be bothered to honor President Gerald Ford)

    11/09/2013 12:34:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 9, 2013 | Michael Shapiro
    Ship christenings at Newport News Shipbuilding are typically a who's who of political figures, and Saturday's event honoring the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is no exception. Past aircraft carrier christenings have drawn presidents to the shipyard, but not this time. A shipyard spokeswoman said Ford administration figures — Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and chief of staff (and eventual veep) Dick Cheney — will be there. Democratic heavyweight Carl Levin, a senator from Ford's home state of Michigan, will also be on hand. President Barack Obama, who gave a major policy speech on sequestration at the shipyard in February,...
  • Why America needs aircraft carriers..

    10/02/2013 3:00:10 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 73 replies
    A long, in-depth, and superb article on the importance of naval carrier aviation, going back to the mistakes made in the Ford and Carter administrations, and why today the Navy needs 15 carriers. A must read. Link below...
  • The US Navy's Five Aircraft Carrier Museum Ships

    07/12/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 98 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | July 12, 2013 | Jeff Head
    US NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER MUSEUMS (Click map for a high resolution image) Currently (July 2013) there are five US Navy Aircraft Carrier museums. Four are of Essex class carriers commissioned during World War II which underwent the SBC-125 refit in the 1950s to modernize them. All were commissioned in 1943 & served into modern times. The last, the USS Lexington, was decommissioned in 1991 after 48 years service. The other is the USS Midway, namesake of a larger class carrier built at the end of the war. She underwent two major refits, in the 1950s & in 1970 greatly enlarging...
  • U.S. Navy lands fighter-jet sized drone on aircraft carrier for first time

    07/11/2013 2:22:57 PM PDT · by brityank · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | 13 July, 2013 | Brock Vergakis, AP
    ‘A chance to see the future’: U.S. Navy lands fighter-jet sized drone on aircraft carrier for first timeBrock Vergakis, Associated Press | 13/07/11 4:03 PM ET The U.S. Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks that a pilot is asked to do. The landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft means the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft that will join the fleet alongside traditional...
  • Navy's new gender-neutral carriers won't have urinals

    07/16/2012 12:00:33 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/16/2012
    "The U.S. Navy's new class of carriers will be the first to go without urinals, a decision made in part to give the service flexibility in accommodating female sailors, the Navy says. The change heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers – starting with the namesake carrier due in late 2015. Omitting urinals lets the Navy easily switch the designation of any restroom – or head, in naval parlance – from male to female, or vice versa, helping the ship adapt to changing crew compositions over time. Heads will be attached to berthing compartments. Currently, many sailors have...
  • Indian Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Launched and in Sea Trials

    06/08/2012 10:39:23 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 42 replies
    WORLD-WIDE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ^ | 8 June 2012 | Jeff Head
    The Russian refit of their former Gorshkov VSTOL carrier into the STOBAR Indian Aircraft Carrier Virkamaditya is complete and the vessel has been launched for sea trials. INS VIKRAMADITYA LAUNCHED FOR SEA TRIALS Originally the Indian Navy purchased a full wing of new Mig-29K aircraft from Riussia for 1.5 billion (USD) which included the refitting of this 1980s carrier. However cost overruns ensued and ultimately after months of work stoppage, the Russians and Indians agreed to a complete cost for the carrier and the aircraft for 2.8 billion (USD), still a low price. The Virkamaditya is now launched and in...