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My latest at the Diplomat evaluates a couple of arguments on the end of the aircraft carrier: I suspect that we will continue to see navies devoting resources to multi-purpose flat-deck aircraft carrying warships. Put simply, as long as states continue to see utility in such ships, they’ll continue to build them. Larger ships with […]

How Many Flattops for China?

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In Robert Farley
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On September 13, 2012
I have a new weekly gig at The Diplomat.  First offering: Reports on Monday indicated that the PLAN has finally settled on a name for its aircraft carrier, heretofore known as the ex-Varyag.  While speculation included names such as “Beijing,” “Mao Zedong,” and “Shi Lang,” the PLAN instead decided to adopt a relatively conventional naming strategy, dubbing […]

JFK II

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In Robert Farley
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On May 30, 2011
This wouldn’t have been my first choice: John F. Kennedy will have a second aircraft carrier named after him. The Navy announcement came Sunday, on what would have been the president and World War II naval veteran’s 94th birthday. Designated CVN-79, the carrier will be the second in the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers. […]

India’s Carrier Fleet

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On December 19, 2009

No, India will not be purchasing one of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, or at least not in the short term. The most important reason, I suspect, is that the British are

Beats a Rusty A-4…

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On August 11, 2009
The Brazilians may finally be getting some decent aircraft for the Sao Paulo: The Government of Brazil has requested proposals from several foreign suppliers, including the United States, to provide the next generation fighter for the Brazilian Air Force. In this “FX-2” competition, the Government of Brazil has yet to select the United States Navy-Boeing […]

F-35C for the Royal Navy

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On August 6, 2009

Via Galrahn, it looks as if the Royal Navy is ditching plans to buy the F-35B (VSTOL variant), and instead buying the F-35C (carrier variant) and adding catapults to its new carriers. As I’ve su

Not Acceptable

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On August 3, 2009

A USN aircraft carrier should not, under any circumstances, be named the Barry M. Goldwater. While I’ll concede that Goldwater would probably be a better choice from the perspective of US histor

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