South China Sea conquest: building third aircraft carrier

By Agence France-Presse Recent satellite photographs indicate China’s construction of its third aircraft carrier is well underway, a Washington think tank reported Tuesday. ChinaPower, a unit of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, published photos of a large vessel under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The bow and hull are already under assembly, the pictures indicated, and are likely to be the beginnings of the 80-85,000 tonne type 002 aircraft carrier the Chinese navy has been known to be planning. “Visible through the clouds and mist is…

How China Could Solve the South China Sea Issue: Sink 2 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

Now comes Admiral Lou, who represents what seems to be a growing Chinese belief that America is too weak to fight. The Chinese are certainly not the first: the Germans and Japanese thought the same in 1941 (perhaps China should remember that the Japanese thought the Chinese were weaklings in the 1930s). Admiral Lou Yuan is China’s Curtis LeMay. (This first appeared back in January of this year.) LeMay, the U.S. Air Force general who torched Japanese cities and later headed Strategic Air Command, was notorious for his bellicosity. In…

China naval fleet deploys domestically built aircraft carrier

China’s quest to flex its military might around the world is set to achieve a new milestone with the deployment of its first domestically built aircraft carrier in 2019, US defence officials warn. In the relatively short period of time China has turned itself into a naval superpower, and the addition of the domestically built carrier would bolster the country’s ability to project influence well beyond its shores, the Pentagon said overnight in an updated assessment of Chinese military power. China now rules the waves in what it calls the…

200,000 Tons of Diplomacy: 2 Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Making a Statement in the Mediterranean

Geopolitics maven Nicholas Spykman would nod knowingly at this week’s NATO naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Two U.S. Navy aircraft-carrier task forces met in the middle sea for maneuvers in company with vessels and aircraft from Spain, France, and Great Britain. U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. boarded USS Abraham Lincoln to observe the festivities. Huntsman fashioned the catchphrase for the operation, styling it “200,000 tons of diplomacy . . . cruising in the Mediterranean.” Spykman would regard the enterprise as the latest round in a struggle for…

America’s Nightmare: What If Aircraft Carriers, Submarines and Stealth are All Now Obsolete?

First off, when it comes to America’s carriers, it should be noted that no one really knows how deadly China’s anti-ship missiles, especially at long-ranges, would be in a real firefight. For example, can Beijing find a U.S. carrier in the massive Pacific Ocean? Can they defeat American missile defenses? And as for the case of the dangers poised to advanced submarines, at least as of now, such threats are more on the drawing board than a clear and present danger. As for the challenges posed to stealth, that seems…

Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage – Asean+

China’s state broadcaster has aired footage of the country’s new aircraft carrier, revealing details for the first time of the home-grown warship’s interior. While the new aircraft carrier is not expected to take part in a fleet review marking the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday, a CCTV report has offered a rare glimpse of the vessel in footage taken during its most recent sea trial. The naval parade will include 32 Chinese warships – including its first and only operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning – and 20 foreign vessels…

Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage aired on state TV

China’s state broadcaster has aired footage of the country’s new aircraft carrier, revealing details for the first time of the home-grown warship’s interior. While the new aircraft carrier is not expected to take part in a fleet review marking the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday, a CCTV report has offered a rare glimpse of the vessel in footage taken during its most recent sea trial. The naval parade will include 32 Chinese warships – including its first and only operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning – and 20 foreign vessels…

13 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers and 8 Battleships Were Defeated by This During World War II

After two grueling months of action in the Pacific, Vice Admiral John S. “Slew” McCain’s powerful Task Force 38 retired in late November 1944 to the big Caroline Islands base of Ulithi Atoll for a 10-day breather. No one needed a break more than Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey, the feisty, hard-drinking commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, who had come under fire for leaving San Bernardino Strait unguarded during the great Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 23-26, 1944. Pacing while “blue with rage,” Admiral Ernest J. King, chief…