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  • Russian warplanes buzz USS Ronald Reagan

    10/29/2015 11:59:58 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-29-2015 | Fox News
    Two Russian warplanes flew within one mile of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, forcing the U.S. Navy to launch four fighter jets in response Tuesday, a Navy spokesman told Fox News. The USS Reagan was sailing in international waters east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports. It adds that the U.S. is currently engaged in joint military exercises with South Korea. The Russian "Bear Bombers" approached the aircraft carrier at an elevation of 500 feet Tuesday morning, according to Navy spokesman Commander William Marks. He said U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornets escorted the Russian planes as they transited...
  • U.S. quietly given tour of China's sole aircraft carrier

    10/21/2015 4:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2015
    BEIJING -- China this week hosted a visit to its sole aircraft carrier by senior U.S. Navy officers amid tensions over reported plans by Washington to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The delegation of 27 commanders and captains boarded the Liaoning on Monday and held discussions on "exercise management, personnel training, medical protection and strategies in carrier development," the Chinese navy said on its official microblog. That was followed Tuesday morning by a visit to the navy's submarine academy, where further dialogues were held, the navy said. The visits appear to reflect the growing momentum of...
  • Syria Update Exclusive : Russia send its Air-Craft-Carrier to Syria

    Russia Sends Its Only Aircraft Carrier To Syria, Signals It Is Just Getting Started
  • Japan Launches Latest Helicopter Carrier

    08/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    USNI News ^ | 08/27/15 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan has launched the second in its new class of helicopter carrier — the largest Japanese ships since World War II — in a Thursday ceremony in Yokohama. The 24,000-ton Kaga (DDH-184) — built by ship builder Japan Marine United — bears the same name as the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy carrier Kaga that was part of Pearl Harbor attack and was sunk in the Battle Midway. The ship follows JS Izumo (DDH-183) which entered service in the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in March.
  • The U.S. Navy’s Big Mistake; Building Tons of Supercarriers

    05/28/2015 6:52:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 155 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 27, 2015 | David W. Wise
    “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. The hubris of the “battleship Navy” was such that just nine days before Pearl Harbor, the official program for the 1941 Army-Navy game displayed a full page photograph of the battleship USS Arizona with language virtually extolling its invincibility. Of course, the reason that no one had yet sunk a battleship from the air — in combat — was that no...
  • Russia to Unveil Aircraft Super-Carrier Design Amid Navy Buildup

    05/15/2015 9:11:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 65 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 15 2015
    A Russian naval design bureau will unveil a new design for a massive aircraft carrier at an upcoming maritime defense industry show in St. Petersburg amid a major Russian arms buildup, magazine IHS Jane's reported Friday. Known as the Project 23000E, or Shtorm-class, super-carrier, the design by the Krylov State Research Center appears similar to one teased by Russian Defense Ministry television channel TV Zvezda earlier this year. The unveiling, which is planned for the International Maritime Defense Show 2015 in early July according to IHS Jane's, will come as Russia pushes forward with a 20 trillion ruble ($400 billion)...
  • Analysts cast doubt on Russian plans for supercarrier

    04/02/2015 1:26:46 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | March 31, 2015 | By Reuben F Johnson
    Russian Navy commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov's claim that Russia will build a new, super-sized aircraft carrier exceeding 85,000 tonnes has been met with scepticism by analysts. Many have questioned how realistic this ambition might be, given the current limitations of Russia's shipbuilding industry in particular and defence industry in general. The proposed supercarrier, announced by Adm Chirkov on 23 March, would be a quantum leap in capability and size over the Russian Navy's single existing carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , which at 43,000 tonnes is less than half the displacement of the US Navy's Nimitz-class carriers. The new ship, which would...
  • Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

    03/26/2015 6:28:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A 24,000-ton helicopter carrier has formally entered the fleet of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on Wednesday making the ship the largest warship Japan has fielded since the close of World War II. The commissioning ceremony JS Izumo (DDH-183) — the first of two for the JMSDF — was held in Yokohama and attended by Defense Minister Gen Nakatani. Billed by the Japanese as a platform to assist in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) operations, the ship has flared regional tensions in neighbors— China especially — who view the ship as a power projection...
  • Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top since WWII-era aircraft carriers

    03/24/2015 10:27:33 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 26 replies
    YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific. The Izumo with a crew of 470 sailors is a highly visible example of how Japan is expanding the capability of its military to operate overseas and enters service as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks lawmaker approval to loosen the restraints of Japan's pacifist post-war constitution. The 248 meter (813 feet) long Izumo resembles U.S. Marine Corp amphibious...
  • “Angle of Attack” is a short film looking at a day of carrier landing qualifications...

    03/22/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Doogle · 23 replies
    biggeekdaddy.com ^ | unknown | biggeekdaddy
    Naval and Marine Corps Aviators are without a doubt some of the most skilled pilots in the world and if you don’t believe me then just ask one. Pretty cool vid..makes ya proud
  • What Can the Middle Ages Teach Us About US Naval Strategy?

    03/12/2015 11:35:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 12, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    “To wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money,” goes the famous saying of Raimondo Graf Montecúccoli, an Italian who served in the armies of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. Consequently, with the debate on the U.S. Navy’s budget for the next fiscal year raging on (see here and here), it is perhaps time to assess not how much money is spent on the American navy, but whether it is spent wisely. The discussion surrounding China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and the costs that these capabilities impose on...
  • 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)
  • US supercarrier ‘sunk’ by French submarine in wargames

    03/05/2015 5:57:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 75 replies
    news.com.au ^ | MARCH 06, 2015
    Unexpected victor ... The 30-year-old French nucler powered attack submarine Saphir. Source: Wikipedia Source: Supplied WITH a good submarine, a navy can do amazing things. Ask the French. They’ve just managed to “sink” a nuclear-powered US super carrier — and half its battle group. The French Ministry of Defence has revealed one of its attack submarines pulled of an astounding upset during recent war-games in the North Atlantic. The Aviationist blog spotted an article on the French defence force’s website — quickly withdrawn — which told how one of their submarines, the “Saphir” tackled the might of the United States’...
  • China deletes online reports that it is building a second aircraft carrier

    02/03/2015 6:09:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2015 | Simon Denyer
    News that China is building a second aircraft carrier was leaked by an overenthusiastic local government, but reports were subsequently deleted from Web sites and social media here, a development that will do little to calm nerves in neighboring countries about Beijing’s growing maritime power. The government in Changzhou, in eastern Jiangsu province, boasted Sunday on social media that a local firm had won a contract to supply electrical cabling for the carrier. It later deleted the post, but not before it had been widely circulated. A report in a local newspaper was also withdrawn.
  • Heeding defense needs, China’s aircraft carrier ambitions appear to move closer to reality

    12/01/2014 7:52:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2014-11-30
    Since China deployed the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine and later refurbished and relaunched by the Chinese navy as a training carrier, speculation has swirled around the construction of a homegrown aircraft carrier. Although Chinese authorities have never openly confirmed whether a homemade carrier is underway, they have also never denied it. China's military officials have given some clues, however. Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said last August that although the Liaoning is China's first aircraft carrier, "there will surely be more in future." He said that China will consider the development of aircraft carriers in...
  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 6:26:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    PARIS – France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. ·
  • Moscow gives France warship delivery deadline

    11/15/2014 1:00:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 14 Nov 2014 08:59 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    UPDATED: Russia on Friday warned France of "serious" consequences unless Paris delivers a Mistral-class assault warship, whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, by the end of this month, a report said. "We are preparing for different scenarios. We are waiting until the end of the month, then we will lodge serious claims," the state news agency RIA Novosti quoted an anonymous high-ranking Moscow source as saying. The first of two mammoth Mistral helicopter carriers was supposed to be delivered on Friday according to the original deal signed in 2011 and worth €1.2...
  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

    10/20/2014 4:28:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ‘Liaoning’ shut down during recent sea trials There’s no more of a conspicuous and potent symbol of China’s growing naval power than the aircraft carrier Liaoning. But the 53,000-ton, 999-foot-long carrier could be dangerous to her crew and prone to engine failures. If so, that makes the vessel as much of a liability as an asset to Beijing. The ex-Soviet carrier once went by the name Varyag until a cash-strapped Ukraine sold the ship to Beijing in 1998. The Chinese navy has since invested considerable resources into modernizing the warship and testing her at sea. But on at least one...
  • The Liaoning's carrier air wing not yet complete: Defense News

    09/09/2014 10:03:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-10
    More types of aircraft are still needed for Beijing to establish its first carrier air wing on China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning, according to Wendell Minnick, in an article written on Sept. 7 in Washington-based Defense News. 24 J-15 Flying Shark fighters, six Z-18F anti-submarine warfare helicopters, four Z-18J airborne early warning helicopters and two Z-9C rescue helicopters will together form the first carrier air wing of the People's Liberation Army Navy according to an article in Chinese-language newspaper Shanghai Morning Post published Aug. 28, citing an interview with Cao Dongwei, a senior colonel and researcher at the PLA...
  • How to Sink an Aircraft Carrier: Sneak up in a submarine, that's how

    09/02/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 2, 2014 | David Axe
    A photo depicting an American nuclear-powered submarine poking its periscope above the waves—within shooting distance of a British aircraft carrier during a war game—is a useful reminder of one of the most important truths of naval warfare. For every sailor who’s not in a submarine, submarines are real scary. Stealthy and heavily-armed, subs are by far the most powerful naval vessels in the world for full-scale warfare—and arguably the best way to sink those more obvious icons of naval power, aircraft carriers.
  • China’s Most Dangerous Missile (So Far)

    07/03/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | July 2, 2014 | Robert Haddick
    Buried on page 40 of the Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military power is a brief mention of the YJ-12, a recent addition to China’s portfolio of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM). The report notes that, “The new missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds.” True, but in an understated way. In fact, the YJ-12 is the most dangerous anti-ship missile China has produced thus far, posing an even greater risk to the U.S. Navy’s surface forces in the Western Pacific than the much-discussed DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. The arrival of...
  • China’s Third Aircraft Carrier Could Be Nuclear (And as big as American flattops)

    06/22/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    medium.com blog War is Boring ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Axe
    China’s first aircraft carrier—the refurbished Ukrainian-built flattop Liaoning—entered testing in 2011. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is building a second carrier itself—a conventionally-powered vessel like Liaoning. A third carrier currently in the planning stage could be bigger than her two predecessors—as big as an American Nimitz-class supercarrier, in fact—plus nuclear-powered, just like U.S. flattops. Atomic propulsion confers greater sailing range and supports more sensors, weaponry and other systems. Lots of countries have one or two aircraft carriers. But none build flattops as big and capable as America’s 11 Nimitzs and new Ford-class CVNs. Evidence indicates that’s about to change. In...
  • All carriers are in port? Really?

    04/30/2014 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Little Pig · 27 replies
    Stratfor ^ | Self/StratFor
    The current Stratfor Carrier status chart:
  • Our Carrier Video Is Way Cooler Than Yours (China touts its new toy)

    04/25/2014 10:24:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Time ^ | April 22, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    Ever since 1986′s Top Gun, music and the carefully-choreographed mayhem that happens on a carrier’s flight deck have gone together like peanut butter and chocolate. But if you thought such confections are limited to the U.S. Navy, you’d be wrong. Not only does China have a new carrier, with another on the way, it now has a video showing off some of what its existing flattop, the Liaoning, and its J-15 fighters can do. The video celebrates the 65th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It was produced by AVIC—the Aviation Industry Corporation of China—a state-owned aerospace and defense...
  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • Israeli tech preferred over Russian for Indian carrier

    04/10/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Apr. 5, 2014
    India already uses Israel's Barak 1 missile system for anti-ship missile defense and is considering the more advanced Barak 8. India has publically declined a Russian offer to equip its new aircraft carrier with the Kashtan close-in weapon system, preferring systems from either Israel or France, the Strategy Page website reports. The aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, was refurbished by Russia from an old Russian carrier, while the Kashtan system, which has been in service since 1989, uses two six-barrel 30mm autocannon to destroy nearby anti-ship missiles. But India has made no secret of its dissatisfaction with the delays and cost...
  • Navy X-47B

    Just 5 months ago ( July 10, 2013 ) the Navy successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, with a new stealth jet called the X-47B. What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a 'drone'. Yes, it is completely unmanned. Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one of the larger ones. Note that this aircraft is stealth, meaning the enemy cannot detect a plane like this in the first place. In the unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one...
  • Congress Questions Plan to Pay for 11-Carrier Navy

    02/17/2014 5:26:36 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 20 replies
    Plans to permanently retire the USS George Washington and bring the NavyÂ’s carrier-fleet total down to 10 are still being debated in ongoing budget deliberations despite reports the White House has scrapped any plans to reduce the carrier total.Some of the uncertainty centers around potential funding for the mid-life refueling for the USS George Washington in the upcoming 2015 budget submission, dollars which may still be uncertain or under review, Capitol Hill and Pentagon sources said.The uncertainty comes amid widespread discussion about whether the Defense DepartmentÂ’s upcoming 2015 budget proposal will remove funding for one aircraft carrier and bring the...
  • China plans to build 4 carriers, including nuclear: report

    02/16/2014 11:38:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-02-16 | Chang Kuo-wei, Staff Reporter
    China plans to build four aircraft carriers in total to boost its naval power and exert its maritime claims, according to a Russian media report. Official reports in January said that the PLA plans to have at least two aircraft carriers by 2015 or 2016 and said the country's second aircraft carrier is indeed under construction as previous unofficial reports had claimed. The country plans to build four aircraft carriers in total, the state newswire Xinhua citing a Russian weekly newspaper as reporting. China commissioned the Liaoning, a refitted Soviet-era carrier purchased from Ukraine, in 2012. Future carriers are expected...
  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Could Be a Ticking Steam Bomb

    02/12/2014 5:58:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 12, 2014 | David Axe
    India’s refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier Vikramaditya suffered a boiler failure during her 42-day trip from Russia’s Sevmash shipyard, where she was rebuilt, to the Indian Karwar naval base on the country’s west coast starting in late November. Like many Cold War-era warships, Vikramaditya is powered by complex steam boilers that can be unreliable and even dangerous. The Indian flattop had suffered an earlier boiler problem in 2012 during sea trials off the Russian coast—the ceramic insulating tiles failed, causing a boiler to overheat and shut down.
  • Turkey’s new carrier alters eastern Mediterranean energy and security calculus

    02/09/2014 6:35:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/04/2014 | MICHA’EL TANCHUM
    Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. In late December 2013, Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that can function as an aircraft carrier, potentially providing Turkey an unprecedented measure of sea control in the region. The heightened threat perception for Israel, Cyprus and Greece will impact the imminent decision regarding whether Israel will export its natural gas to a planned Cypriot LNG terminal with...
  • Why Does One of the World’s Smallest Navies Want One of the World’s Biggest Warships?

    12/04/2013 9:52:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/04/2013 | David Axe
    Angola’s bizarre, rumored aircraft carrier ambition David Axe in War is Boring Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. The 643-foot-long Principe de Asturias needs 830 sailors to fully function. No, this does not make a lot of sense. After all, Angola has no overseas military alliances and no major naval rivals. But if true, it is consistent with the country’s ongoing re-armament, which also includes a squadron of Russian-made heavy jet fighters formerly used by India. Necessary or...
  • USS Forrestal, the Navy's first supercarrier, sold for 1 cent

    10/23/2013 1:04:43 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 84 replies
    Fox news ^ | 10/23/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Here’s a penny for your thoughts: One red cent could’ve landed you the Navy’s first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal. The U.S. Navy sold the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134...
  • Japan Launches A Third Aircraft Carrier

    08/16/2013 10:23:59 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 22 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | August 14, 2013 | Strategy Page
    Japan launched a twenty-seven-thousand ton “destroyer” (the Izumo, DDH 183) on August 6th that looks exactly like an aircraft carrier. Actually it looks like an LPH (Landing Platform Helicopter) an amphibious ship type that first appeared in the 1950s. LPHs had no (or relatively few) landing craft but did carry a thousand or more troops who were moved ashore using the dozen or more helicopters carried. The first American LPH (the USS Iwo Jima) was an eighteen-thousand-four-hundred ton ship that entered service in 1961, and carried two-thousand troops and twenty-five helicopters. Until Izumo showed up, several nations operated LPHs, and...
  • Japan unveils new carrier-like warship, largest in navy since WWII

    08/06/2013 9:52:49 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 48 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/6/2013 | AP
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 820 feet long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense -- particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions -- and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011....
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 85 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense - particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions - and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the...
  • China certifies first aircraft carrier pilots

    07/04/2013 3:44:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/04/2013 | Greg Waldron
    China certifies first aircraft carrier pilots China has certified its first pilots deck crew for aircraft carrier operations following a 25-day training deployment by the nation's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. During the cruise, pilots "executed several continuous take-off and landing exercises, making China one of the few countries in the world that can train its own carrier-borne jet pilots", according to a statement on China's defence ministry website. The certifications were awarded to five pilots and an unstated number of landing signal officers after they were tested on skills related to the operation of fixed wing aircraft from a...
  • Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias

    06/05/2013 4:58:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 27 May 2013
    Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia. The Spanish aircraft carrier SPS Principe De Asturias (R 11) steams through the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Majestic Eagle 2004. (Picture: US Navy) It is reported that Indonesia already expressed interest in the vessel earlier this...
  • Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers

    06/02/2013 1:30:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Business Standard ^ | May 31, 2013 | Ajai Shukla
    Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers General Atomics briefs navy on magnetic catapult that launches unmanned fighters The Indian Navy — one of just nine navies that operate aircraft carriers — is thinking high-tech in planning its second indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vishal. The admirals are deciding whether INS Vishal, still only a concept, should launch aircraft from its deck using a technology so advanced that it is not yet in service anywhere: the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). Getting a fully loaded combat aircraft airborne off a short, 200-metre-long deck is a key challenge in aircraft carrier...
  • IKE trains British Sailors

    05/20/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 8 replies
    US Navy ^ | 5/17/2013 | US Navy
    U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (IKE) is one of several U.S. Navy ships training British Sailors on large-deck flight operations as the United Kingdom prepares to launch the first Royal Navy aircraft carrier in more than 30 years. The US-UK Long Lead Specialist Skills Program (LLSSP) commenced in early 2013 with British Sailors aboard IKE and Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The program is an opportunity for British Sailors to regain operational experience at sea while their carriers are under construction. "The training the guys have received on board...
  • Upper Bow Section Placed on Gerald R. Ford Carrier

    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Monday a milestone in the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with the addition of the ship’s upper bow section at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in Virginia. The upper bow completes the ship’s flight deck and extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which measures 1,106 feet. “Placement of the upper bow gives our entire shipbuilding team a great sense of accomplishment,” said Rolf Bartschi, NNS’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “We have now structurally erected the flight deck to its full length.” The 787 metric...
  • LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design

    04/09/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Shephard ^ | 09 April 2013 | Tim Fish
    LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design DCNS is offering an adapted version of its PA2 design for a future Brazilian aircraft carrier. A model of a 60,000t displacement 285m-long PA2 carrier is being shown by the company at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. Eric Perrot, DCNS surface ships project director, told Shephard that the Brazilian Navy had plans to acquire one or two new aircraft carriers to replace their existing carrier, NAe Sao Paulo, after 2025. The Brazilian Navy released a request for proposals (RfP) in 2012 for specifications for aircraft carriers and Perrot said that DCNS...
  • Bridge installation a milestone for UK carrier build

    03/15/2013 3:48:48 AM PDT · by Smartisan · 10 replies
    The Defence Secretary was in Scotland today to watch an enormous bridge section fitted to the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier. During a visit to Rosyth shipyard, Mr Hammond oversaw the 700-tonne section being lifted into place on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Nearly two thirds of the ship has now been built and the structure is due to be completed by the end of this year. The carrier is then expected to leave the dockyard in 2014 before beginning sea trials with the Royal Navy. The forward island, fitted today, houses the bridge where the captain and navigation...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: Power Passing Power

    03/01/2013 9:50:14 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 21, 2011 | U.S. Navy MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.
    On the right the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Red Sea's Strait of Bab el-Mandeb on June 21, 2011. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (MC2) Brooks B. Patton Jr., United States Navy  
  • US Navy unable to refuel carrier due to budget cuts

    02/08/2013 2:19:46 PM PST · by Saint X · 57 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/8/13 | Sam LaGrone
    The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.
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    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • 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....
  • Iran Claims to Have 'Carrier-Killer' Missile; Experts Skeptical

    08/15/2012 1:09:42 PM PDT · by Saint X · 40 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 15, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
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    07/26/2012 9:17:19 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2012 | Staff
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    07/16/2012 3:29:53 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    Associated Press/ABC News ^ | 16 July 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK
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