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New Baby Flattop

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In Robert Farley
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On August 6, 2013
The JMSDF has a new helicopter carrier. See here and here for a bit more on Japan’s slow-motion carrier program. As the authors note, whenever one of this baby carrier comes into service, questions emerge over whether it could, at some point, operate the F-35B. In most cases the answer seems to be “difficult, not […]
My latest at the Diplomat builds on an ID post from a while back: But India’s carrier heritage may be less of an asset than it seems. India doesn’t appear interested in achieving greater efficiency in many areas— even in terms of common training and operational procedures— with this path of carrier fleet development. With […]

Big E

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On December 1, 2012

The Enterprise leaves service:   The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to

Nomenclature

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In Robert Farley
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On November 29, 2012
In my latest at the Diplomat I call for a more standardized vocabulary of naval affairs: Navies do a poor job of developing such a nomenclature, in part because they have good reasons to avoid standardized ship designations.  Civilian policymakers don’t like to hear that they’ve devoted a substantial portion of the government treasury to […]

F-22 Agonistas

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In Robert Farley
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On May 4, 2012
Earlier this year Stephen Trimble stopped by the Patterson School and gave an excellent talk on the F-22 and F-35.  He spoke quite a bit about this: The F-35 reportedly has similar issues, although it’s still in the test flight phase and has some characteristics that may make it easier to find and resolve the […]
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