Given all the Chinese saber-rattling and the availability of the F-35B, this was bound to be Japan’s next step in naval defense.
“However Wallace and Schuster both cautioned that the Japanese carriers are small and cannot carry many aircraft — especially compared to the US Navy’s massive 90,000-ton Nimitz-class carriers or even China’s 58,000-ton Liaoning carrier.
Diesel or nuclear?
Snooze. Wake me up when they have kamikazes again.
Still quite small by carrier standards, but a start at least.
The aircraft carrier Kaga took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor but was sunk half a year later at Midway.
In 1905, Izumo, a cruiser, took part in the Battle of Tsushima Strai in which the Japanese wiped out the Russian Baltic Fleet. In 1937, it was stationed in Shanghai when a Chinese bomber that was attacking it accidentally dropped its bomb on a nearby residential area killing nearly 1,000 people and making headlines around the world. In his memoir Way of a Fighter (New York: Putnam's, 1949) General Claire L. Chennault, who was advising the Chinese air force at the time, claimed that Izumo was sunk by a Chinese bomber shortly afterwards. However, it returned to Japan and served as a training ship before being sunk by US naval aircraft in July, 1945.
They’ll get great gas mileage!........................
Can the Soryu, Hiryu and Akagi be far behind?