aircraft carrier

NZ Herald recommissions a US aircraft carrier!

The Herald wrote this:

“Chinese warships are rapidly gaining new potency through advanced technology. This month a Song class diesel-electric attack submarine slipped past screening US warships to surface within striking range of the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk. That set the alarm bells ringing”.

Here is a screenshot in case they change it.

HERALD BOMB: Cut paste job from Wikipedia?

HERALD BOMB: Cut paste job from Wikipedia?

Someone else has noticed:

Here is the US Naval Department media release:

The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was decommissioned May 12 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., after more than 48 years of service.  Read more »

Could the rest of the world invade CONUS?

The short answer is no, and the chances are not even likely…remote is even too brave as description.

VICE has the long answer.

First of all you have to assume that the uS has lost its nuclear capability…let’s assume that.

So, once the nuclear capabilities are down, what could an invasion of the US look like?
The US is the sole country in the world that has the capability to project force across the globe on a large scale. The combined military air- and sea-lift capability of the rest of the world would be insufficient to even get a foothold on the continental United States. The amphibious assault capability of the world’s militaries, excluding the United States, is simply too small.

That means the adversary would have to seize and use civilian aircraft and ships not designed for nonpermissive environments. These ships would require secure bases in Canada and Mexico, since they lack the capability to deliver forces onto unimproved shores. Thus, any attempted invasion of the US would first look like a rather motley caravan of vulnerable civilian ships and aircraft.

If these forces managed to avoid US attacks and build up, they could then launch an attack over land.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo of the Day

Excess water and salt on deck can lead to slipping hazards as well as accelerated rusting of the deck and equipment affixed to it. Ordinary seamen often bear the brunt of the swabbing duties, and many look forward to earning their able seaman’s ticket and being done with swabbing.  — Wikipedia

via The Brigade

A great sledge

China has launched their second hand aircraft carrier to much fanfare despite not having a single plane that can land on it. military experts are disdainful of the development but none more so than American officials:

US military planners have played down the significance of the commissioning of the carrier. Some navy officials have even said they would encourage China to move ahead with building its own aircraft carrier and the ships to accompany it, because it would be a waste of money.

Other military experts outside China have agreed with that assessment.

“The aircraft carrier is useless for the Chinese navy,” You Ji, a visiting senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, said. “If it is used against America, it has no survivability. If it is used against China’s neighbours, it’s a sign of bullying.”

Len should bid for this

ᔥ Sydney Morning Herald

Len Brown should bid against the Aussies for the base for a US Carrier Group. the economic benefits would far outweigh a silly taxi race around Pukekohe:

A report for the US military contains a recommendation to expand America’s defence presence in Australia by massively expanding a base in Perth for a US aircraft carrier and supporting fleet.

The report’s authors will give testimony before Congress’s Armed Services Committee on Wednesday in the US.

The CSIS was directed to consider how the US military could undertake the “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region announced by President Barack Obama last year in response to China’s increasing influence.

The third option in the report – formally titled US Force Posture Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region: An Independent Assessment - details moving a US carrier strike group to the HMAS Stirling base in Perth.

The strike group would include a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, a carrier air wing of up to nine squadrons, one or two guided missile cruisers, two or three guided missile destroyers, one or two nuclear powered submarines and a supply ship.

“Australia’s geography, political stability, and existing defence capabilities and infrastructure offer strategic depth and other significant military advantages to the United States in light of the growing range of Chinese weapons systems, US efforts to achieve a more distributed force posture, and the increasing strategic importance of south-east Asia and the Indian Ocean,” says the report.

24 hours on USS Carl Vinson

Watch this awesome video of the USS Carl Vinson: