H/T to John Dole
China’s New Aircraft Carrier
This is quantum leap above anything we have on the drawing board. They have thought “outside the box” on this one. Better speed, larger capacity, much more stable, etc. Definitely a “blue-water” long reach vessel. Plus they can service their nuke sub fleet in-between the twin hulls ( sight unseen ) or even launch amphibious opps from same. It will be launched in half the time it takes the USA at just one-third the cost. Add the new Chinese stealth fighter bomber (naval version already flight-testing) in the mix and you have the makings of a formidable weapons system indeed. Also look at that extra ”parking and readiness” station between both hull structures. And of course the launching and landing capabilities from the utilization of twin flight decks at once.
P..S. Some thought should be given to advising your grandchildren to learn to speak mandarin (forget Spanish). My very, very bright 15-year old cousin has already been advised to do so by people who know about such things.
P.S. Six of these vessels (two pacific, two Atlantic, one Indian ocean and one on the Mediterranean sea) would be a pretty good diplomatic “big stick.”
Note : the Chinese are already drilling for oil off Cuba , Brazil and Venezuela. Can they build a fleet of these things?
A few facts: the Chinese have completed the world’s biggest dam (three gorges), the world’s longest over-water bridge (65 times as much steel as in the Eiffel tower), constructed a 15,000 ft. high railroad into Tibet (all considered major engineering feats).
China is the only nation other than Russia that can launch men into outer space (our capability ended with the last space shuttle launch) . They have also shot down a surveillance satellite (one of their own) from the ground. Plus, they “own our ass” in the international debt game.
China’s new carrier could be twice as fast as anything we have, plus the stability of a catamaran type hull will greatly reduce the pitching, yawing and swaying common to our present designs. Be afraid, be very afraid.