Originally Posted by cfarrar
This is a fun artist's conception and nothing more. Two carriers would have much greater operational flexibility. They can undertake separate missions, work together, or rotate to maintain a constant presence on station.
You don't think there would be operational value in a supercarrier with extended range and larger-aircraft capability? Such as the KC-135 looking airplane in this picture?
volume on this thing could be massively larger than two carriers, meaning greater capacity for parts
, supplies, crew, ordinance, and fuel
(not sure whether fuel
capacity is meaningful on a carrier)
I would think that these features would be valuable in extended range operations - how far do you think China
needs to extend it's naval range. Let's see, there are the neighboring countries with shorelines, then there is Japan
, then some tiny sandy isands with coconut trees, then... what? My geography is not too good.