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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chinese Aircraft Carrier

While I was on vacation China did a big PR push on their new aircraft carrier with a lot of nationalistic fervor, but the truth is a bit more mixed.

Yes, its an aircraft carrier, but smaller than the US ones.  The Chinese aircraft carrier (actually a refurbished Russian Carrier) is smaller (Diesel powered 66,000 tons verses Nuclear Powered 94,000 tons) than US Carriers.  It will also take a number of years for China to learn how to operate an aircraft carrier. 

I went on a tour of the USS Nimitz and it was amazing the complexity and size. In San Diego, the USS Midway is also a great tour to go on (a WW2 era carrier).

China's New Aircraft Carrier Bolsters Its Regional Reach - US News



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