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  • Thousands wave off Big Lizzie in show of force to China: Britain's £3billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to lead mission to Asia as two of Royal Navy's 'Premier League' warships leave Portsmouth

    05/02/2021 4:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 1, 2021 | Faith Ridler
    Thousands of well-wishers waved off the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth as it set sail for exercises and its first operational deployment to the Far East. The £3billion aircraft carrier - nicknamed 'Big Lizzie' - sailed out of Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire to cheers from the crowds who filled the walls and the beaches. There were few signs of social distancing among those who brandished Union Flags and held banners saying farewell to their loved ones who will be at sea for about seven months.
  • USS Tripoli prepares for sea trials after fitting-out tests

    03/31/2021 12:11:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | 31 March 2021 | By Ed Adamczyk
    The Naval Sea Systems Command announced on Wednesday that the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli concluded its Fitting Out Availability. Photo by MCS1 Woody Paschall/U.S. Navy March 31 (UPI) -- The large-deck amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli completed its Fitting Out Availability and awaits sea trials, the U.S. Navy announced on Wednesday. The FOA on the ship, the Navy's second in the America class, concluded last week in San Diego, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a press release on Wednesday. The sea trials will involve performance validation, including "navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications and...
  • Chinese surveillance plane test flight hints at advanced aircraft carrier design

    02/23/2021 6:46:25 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies ^ | 23 Feb, 2021 | Liu Zhen in Beijing
    There are stronger signs that China’s next aircraft carrier will be fitted with an advanced type of aircraft launch system, with official confirmation of a test flight of a carrier-based early warning plane. State broadcaster CCTV confirmed in a report on the weekend that the KJ-600, the country’s first domestically developed fixed-wing early warning aircraft, had a test flight in Xian, Shaanxi province, in late January. The KJ-600 is designed to operate from an aircraft carrier but its weight and turboprop engines make it less powerful than a jet, requiring help from a catapult for take-off. China has two aircraft...
  • Aircraft Carriers: Bigger Is Better

    09/10/2020 2:07:16 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 72 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | September 2020 | Captain Talbot Manvel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A number of Proceedings articles and commentaries in the past several years have advanced the idea of saving money and fulfilling the vision of “distributed maritime operations” by building a fleet of more, smaller, lighter ships. For aircraft carriers, that argument tends to take the shape of more “Lightning carriers”—based on the hull form of amphibious assault ships such as the USS America (LHA-6) class—and fewer nuclear-powered carriers of the Nimitz (CVN-68) and Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) classes. While LHAs are cheaper to build than CVNs ($3 billion vs. $10 or more billion), the argument misses several key principles that...
  • As tensions rise in Asia Pacific, South Korea is building its first aircraft carrier ... complete with US-made fighter jets

    08/12/2020 3:56:10 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 12 August 2020 | Brad Lendon and Yoonjung Seo
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea plans to start building its first aircraft carrier next year, and acquire fighter jets to operate on it, the country's Defense Ministry has announced. Last year, South Korea hinted at its interest in an aircraft carrier, saying it would build a "multi-purpose large transport vessel." But in its national plan for 2021-2025, published this week, the government for the first time explicitly committed to building the billion-dollar equipment. "The 30,000-ton level aircraft carrier can transport military forces, equipment and materials and can operate fighter jets that are capable of vertical take-off and landing," said...
  • Iran moves mock aircraft carrier into Strait of Hormuz ahead of apparent live-fire drill

    07/27/2020 7:59:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27 2020 | Greg Norman
    Iran appears to be getting ready to send a warning to the U.S. as it has moved a mock aircraft carrier out to sea presumably to destroy it in a live-fire exercise. The 650-foot long vessel with 16 fake fighter jets on deck – which bears resemblance to the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf -- was pulled by a tugboat into the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, according to satellite images released Monday. “We cannot speak to what Iran hopes to gain by building this mockup, or what tactical value they would hope...
  • Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller

    01/17/2020 11:19:16 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 81 replies
    Honolulu Star-Ad ^ | Jan. 17 , 2020 | Will Cole
    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Pearl Harbor Monday, the U.S. Navy is expected to announce that a new aircraft carrier will be named after Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor for his actions on Dec. 7, 1941, when he manned a machine gun on the USS West Virginia to fire back at attacking Japanese planes. “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what’s expected,” said Doreen Ravenscroft, president of Cultural...
  • Italian aircraft carrier Cavour docks for F-35B upgrades [July 2019]

    01/07/2020 9:11:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | 07/24/2019
    Italian Navy aircraft carrier ITS Cavour on July 20 entered a dry dock at the Taranto navy yard to receive upgrades that will allow it to operate F-35B jets. The 244-meter Cavour is currently undergoing an extensive overhaul after ten years of service. All works on the ship are expected to be completed by the spring of 2020, when the ship’s crew is set to start training for a summer deployment to the US East Coast and shipboard trials with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. In addition to the F-35A version, Italy...
  • The Aircraft Carriers of the Great Lakes

    11/27/2019 4:54:37 AM PST · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 22 replies ^ | 6/25/2013 | Mikoyan
    The US entered World War II with 7 Aircraft Carriers and by the end of the war would have several times that. It's one thing to build ships, it's another thing to train the men that would eventually fly off those ships. So the US built some ships which would serve that purpose and that's where we come in. In March of 1942, the Navy purchased the steamer and started to convert her into an aircraft carrier. She was designated as IX-64. IX is the designation used by the Navy for ships that aren't otherwise classified. She was named the...
  • Russia warships stalk US aircraft carrier in ‘cat and mouse chase’

    05/12/2018 7:42:27 PM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The Daily Star (UK) ^ | May 12th, 2018 | By Henry Holloway
    USS Harry S. Truman has been pursued around the Med by a group of Russian frigates led by warship Yaroslav Mudry. Video of the incident shows a Russian vessel in the distance shadowing the carrier and its destroyer escort. Footage was shared by ITV as a team of news reporters visited the US warship. The vessel is the US’s main weapon against ISIS as it launches strikes on their positions in Syria. War tensions have flared however after the US, France and Britain launched airstrikes against Vladimir Putin’s pal Bashar al-Assad. USS Harry S. Truman – the 116,000-ton vessel –...
  • UK mulls 'basing' warships in India, plans aircraft carrier cooperation

    03/16/2019 6:19:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Week, India ^ | March 16, 2019
    A British news report on Friday claimed the Royal Navy was considering basing future warships in India. Forces Network reported that the head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, talked about the issue as he hosted his Indian counterpart, Admiral Sunil Lanba, on board the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth on Thursday. The UK is developing a new class of frigates called the Type 31, five of which have been ordered at a cost of euro 1.25 billion. The new warships will begin to enter service by 2023. Referring to the Type 31...
  • Journalists get tour of Japan's Izumo amid debate over equipping ship with aircraft carrier...

    03/14/2019 6:07:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    the japan times ^ | March 13, 2019 | SAKURA MURAKAMI
    YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA PREF. - Journalists on Wednesday were given a guided tour of the Izumo — Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier — for the first time since the Defense Ministry revealed a controversial plan late last year to convert it so that it could handle fixed-wing aircraft — which critics and some opposition lawmakers say could make it capable of offensive operations. The pacifist postwar Constitution bans the possession of “attack aircraft carriers,” and calls for an exclusively defense-oriented posture. However, under a five-year defense build-up plan adopted in December, the 248-meter, 195,000-ton vessel will be undergoing a major remodeling...
  • UK Sending Aircraft Carrier To China In “Show Of Force”

    02/11/2019 10:34:32 AM PST · by blam · 54 replies
    Perhaps out of humiliation over the ongoing spectacular tragicomedy that is Brexit, and in desperate need of a distraction from her domestic political troubles, Theresa May has taken a page out of the the US neocon playbook, and has decided to send Britain’s new aircraft carrier to China’s backyard in what The Times has dubbed “a show of strength” – just in case Beijing is unclear how to respond to this hilarious development – because apparently the UK believes it is a US stunt-double when it comes to sending Beijing messages about its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea....
  • China’s first home-built carrier finishes sea trials and could be ready for combat within months

    01/11/2019 4:02:55 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 33 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/11/19 | USA Features
    China’s first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, has finished its fourth rotation of sea trials and could now be ready for its first combat deployment within months. The South China Morning Post reported the ship could be ready for fleet review by April following 13 days of trials in the Yellow Sea before returning to its home port in Dalian. The ship, which has not yet been named, is actually China’s second carrier. The first, Liaoning, was actually a Soviet hull but had not been completed by the end of the Cold War. China purchased the...
  • Chinese Admiral Wants To “Sink Two US Aircraft Carriers” Over South China Sea

    01/01/2019 10:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    Mere days after Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to “resolutely” defend China’s security interest – a veiled reference to maintaining its domination of the South China Sea – has published details from a speech delivered two weeks ago by one of China’s leading military commanders where he outlined a strategy to rebuff the US Navy should it take an even more interventionist posture within the nine-dash line. Rear Admiral Lou Yuan told an audience in Shenzhen that the simmering dispute over the East and South China Seas could be decisively ended by sinking two US aircraft carriers.(Admiral Lou Yuan,...
  • U.S.-China trade ‘war’ is slowing construction of PLAN’s second aircraft carrier

    11/27/2018 7:29:53 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 14 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 11.27/18 | USA Features
    The ongoing and escalating trade tariffs between the United States and China are beginning to affect Beijing in ways that many might not have considered. For instance, according to a report from the South China Morning Post, the tariffs are dramatically affecting the budget for the construction of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) second aircraft carrier, the Type 002. As trade tensions rise, work on the new carrier has slowed, adding to the cost of the project. Also, delays in fighter jet development for the new carrier has substantially increased costs for the project, effectively blowing up the ship’s...
  • China confirms work on 'new-generation' aircraft carrier

    11/26/2018 2:08:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | November 26, 2018
    China on Monday officially confirmed that it is building its third aircraft carrier which is stated to be "bigger and mightier" than the other two warships, a move by Beijing to bolster its blue-water navy capability to operate far from its shores. A late entrant into aircraft carrier-led naval battleship formations, China launched its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, in 2012, which was a refit of the former Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine. Though Liaoning was operationalised and led trial expeditions into the Taiwan Straits, it was widely regarded as an experimental vessel used for mastering technologies, especially to operate the...
  • Kuznetsov Undergoes MiG-29K Refit (Russian carrier)

    08/10/2018 8:11:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 9, 2018 | Vladimir Karnozov
    MiG-29K/KUBs are seen during sea trials aboard Kuznetsov in 2013. (photo: Russian Aircraft MiG) The Russian navy has embarked on a three-year project to modernize its sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, or Project 1143.5, with a focus on achieving full operability with the Russian Aircraft MiG-29K/KUB fighter. Although navalized MiGs flew from the carrier during trials in 1989-1991 and during its seventh and most recent deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in late 2016/early 2017, they are yet to be completely integrated with the carrier’s systems. According to the Nevskoye Design Bureau, the ship’s developer, some of the outdated onboard equipment...
  • UK's New Aircraft Carriers Rekindle Some Naval Pride

    07/11/2018 7:00:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    AIN online ^ | - July 11, 2018 | Chris Pocock
    Britain’s F-35B stealth fighters are set to achieve initial operating capability at the end of this year. But that is only from land bases, with nine aircraft. It will be another two years before No. 617 Squadron can fly operationally from the first of the country’s two new QEII-class aircraft carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to set sail from Portsmouth naval base in the fall for the eastern seaboard of the U.S. There, two American F-35Bs flown by British test pilots will embark for the first time. They will do at-sea takeoffs from the carrier’s ski-jump for the first...
  • South Korea Just Launched Its New 'Aircraft Carrier in Disguise'

    05/21/2018 6:00:31 AM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies ^ | 5/18/18 | Zachary Keck
    South Korea has launched its second amphibious assault ship. On May 14, South Korean officials launched the second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier. The ceremony took place in Busan at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, the company that built the vessel. Among those in attendance were Defense Minister Song Young-moo and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Um Hyun-seong, according to local news outlets. Construction of the second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, named Marado, began in 2016. The ship will be the second largest ship in the Republic of Korea’s Navy, after the first Dokdo-class ship. Displacing 14,500 tons, the...