Eleven carriers are the minimum number required to enable 3 of these great ships to be continuously stationed at strategic points across the globe and to rapidly respond to an unexpected crisis.
This infographic highlights the importance of aircraft carriers to our nation’s security, and illustrates why 11 aircraft carriers are the minimum number required to ensure we can maintain three carriers on station to respond to critical missions and unexpected crises.
A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier...
is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital, and communications systems from which the U.S. can strike at its enemies in otherwise unreachable locations, project power, conduct diplomacy and provide humanitarian relief.
Retired admirals warn lawmakers against cuts to Navy
A high-powered cohort of industry leaders and lobbyists has enlisted the help of 95 retired admirals and generals to pressure Congress to better fund the Navy, which, like the other services, faces heavy sequestration budget cuts in fiscal 2016.
VCNO Howard: ‘Not A Lot of Optimism’ Sequester Will End
“CNO for example testified in September, if we sequester we’re looking at a force structure of 250, 255 ships,” Howard said. The Pentagon has also said depot level maintenance for Navy ships and aircraft could also be reduced by 30 percent and the service could decommission aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its attached air wing
The Large-Deck Carrier: Doctrinal Roles and Campaign-Level Value
The large-deck aircraft carrier is predominantly associated with power projection ashore. This traces from U.S. Navy carrier air wings’ widespread post-Second World War use for conventional strike operations as well as for providing direct support to ground forces. Indeed, the most common criticisms against the large-deck carrier’s future utility are that potential adversaries’ rapidly expanding maritime denial capabilities, the presently-programmed air wing’s constrained combat radius, and long-range anti-ship missiles’ comparatively low lifecycle costs per target render carriers overly-vulnerable and expensive fleet assets with insufficient tactical reach.
Watch The F-35C Operate From An Aircraft Carrier In The Dark Of Night
The F-35C's two week long initial ship trials are wrapping up. One of the last parts of these escalating series of operational tests aboard the carrier saw the F-35C operating on and around the ship at night, with multiple launches and recoveries. This evening action was caught on video, resulting in some spectacular after sunset Joint Strike Fighter imagery.