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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 May 2018 8:44 p.m. PST

China's first homebuilt aircraft carrier has left for its first set of sea trials on Sunday, according to state-controlled media…


GROSSMAN15 May 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

That will make a very nice reef.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member15 May 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

"according to state-controlled media"

Does that mean that it's already been tested, to avoid any embarrassment at the publicized "sea trials on Sunday"? :)


Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

There definitely ramping up their naval operations. I think Japan is going to get into the aircraft carrier business soon and this will only add fuel to the fire to the arms race going on in that area.

Lion in the Stars16 May 2018 8:35 p.m. PST

Technically, Japan is already in the Aircraft Carrier business, but due to the post-War Constitution, the MSDF is calling the ships "Helicopter Destroyers".

20+,000 ton "destroyers". I think they have the appropriate deck modifications to handle V22s and F35Bs.

28mm Fanatik17 May 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

There are helicopter/VTOL carriers and there are full fledged supercarriers. The Russian-style ski-ramp carriers are somewhere in between. China's next aircraft carrier will be a US-style, catapult-launching supercarrier. But they won't have the number that we have.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member17 May 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

" They won' t have the number we have."

Of course the Chinese only spend a fraction on armaments that the US does. But, of course, to be a challenge, they won't need as many super- carriers.
As the US has a global presence, they need to spread their forces around the world. The Chinese Only need a local superiority.

In naval terms, this is what gained the US navy a superiority over the British in 1812 ( until the Shannon settled matters) .

So exactly how many carriers do the Chinese need?

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