China's new shiny aircraft carrier

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  1. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    There is a big difference between landing on a carrier and actually conducting combat ops off a carrier. Seems to me (casual reader) that effective combat capabilities would be more than 2 years away.

    We announced our strategic "pivot" to the Pacific some time ago. The Pacific has been a strategically important area for the DoD for quite some time.

    p.s. SU-35s and their clones are great looking aircraft, IMO.
     
  3. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    I don't think that they can do underway replenishment, but I am not certain. Limits utility of the carrier.
     
  4. MemberLG

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    My opinion,

    This is about China sending a message to her neighbors

    I am sure some folks in the Navy sees it as a good justification strengthen our Naval capability beyound what we have now.

    I haven't followed Chinese Navy but my guess is their anti-submarine and air defense capabilities are not that great. Do Chinese Navy have missile cruisers? I doubt China will send a single aircraft carrier out to intercept a US carrier group in the middle Pacific.

    Perhaps I have read too many Tom Clancy/Larry Bond novels, but does make sense to use the effective range of aircraft + effective range of anti-ship missile to determine who can shoot first.

    I aslo think the U.S. Navy will have an easier time sinking a Chinese aircraft carrier than Chinese sinking a US aircraft carrier.
     

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