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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Jun 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

…Among one of the largest departures for the SASC, their bill sets aside $30 USD million for the Navy for a preliminary design effort to create a light carrier for the service.

McCain has been a constant and consistent critic of the Ford-class carrier program and for years has called for an alternative look to the $13 USD-billion price tag for the next-generation hulls. Included in the series of studies the committee asks the Navy to undertake is the question of light carriers' ability to distribute aviation assets throughout a battlespace…

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

I am very worried about the new huge super carriers.
I'm sure potential enemies are looking at massive swarms of whatever to attack them.
The key may not necessarily be to sink them but to make it politically difficult to put them in danger. Render a flight deck inoperable, or difficult to use. It needs to return to port for repairs. These would not be a 3 day turnaround like the Yorktown before Midway.
Not sunk but inoperable? You have a floating Pentagon. You have the world's largest floating office building.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

Well, if they do get built, I hope they are made in the West Coast because, even if they could fit through the wide Nicaragua Canal that China is building, I doubt China would approve of letting them go through.

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Bill Rosser Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Why not just copy the Japanese "Destroyer" approach with F35's?

bsrlee29 Jun 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

Its not as if the Marine's Landing Ships can't operate aircraft, and who owns the IP on he hull designs?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

No problem. Just seize the Nicaraguan Canal. After all, aren't we good at things like that?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Either canal can be knocked out easily – how long it
stays that way is a variable with several dependencies

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

Aren't LHA's effectively light carriers already?

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

Let me guess by the time it's gone through the design cycle it will only be marginally smaller than current carriers, but expected to carry roughly the same number of craft, act as an LHA, be as stealthy as a Zumwalt, carry the combined firepower of a Cruiser, a littoral support ship, a destroyer and a frigate and should be able to dive like an Ohio class and fire ICBMS and if we're really lucky the US Army will have a chance to chime and ask that it can drive inland and the Air Force see if it can actually fly all for the price of two regular carriers.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member29 Jun 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

Patrick R +1

He just wrote the sequel to Pentagon Wars.

daveshoe29 Jun 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

The America class LHA is essentially a light aircraft carrier, able to carry Marine F-35Bs VSTOL planes and no well deck so more space can be given to aviation assets.

They are a big as the old Midway class and carriers from other nations.
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Gaz004529 Jun 2017 10:17 p.m. PST

In a couple of years the USN can buy/rent/lease the RN light carriers…….

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