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A fleet of US light aircraft carriers to deter China in Taiwan: 240 fighters

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has admitted these days that China is looking for “an excuse to practice its future attack” on the island. It’s also been four months in Spain, pending a visit from former United States Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, under threat from the Asian giant. However, the latest information is handled in the small island state US beefs up its defense against growing threat from China,

The US country’s latest move will involve taking advantage of what is known as power carrierAccording to reports cited by Vice Admiral Carl Thomas, commanding officer of the US Seventh Fleet. thomas It is proposed to use a dozen of these ships (Only two are built now, the third begins its first phase this month) to protect Taiwan from future Chinese interference.

these power carriers They carry stealth fighters like the F-35B Lightning IIShort takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL). Unlike a fleet carrier, which can carry more than 70 aircraft, light carriers carry only 20 aircraft.

Uss Tripoli During One Of Her Tests.

USS Tripoli during one of her tests.

The Lightning Carrier concept has also been adopted by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. and is that this type of ship is introduced especially in the western PacificWhere the US fears the growing numerical and qualitative strength of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Less Bulk, More Versatility

US naval strategists are wary of these light aircraft carriers their great ability to adapt to the loads they carry, Thus, Thomas claimed it was possible to have an F-35B on deck one day, while an MV-22 Osprey could be taken, with the approximately 1,800 Marines traveling on board being quickly transported ashore. can go.

USS Tripoli welcomes Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121

loss US-class amphibious ships They are aircraft carriers adapted to support fixed and rotary wing operations. Their biggest advantage, however, is that they can carry twice as much fuel and 30% more anti-aircraft armament than their Wasp-class predecessors. In addition, it has more space to conduct aircraft maintenance operations.

Both the American and Japanese ships operating in the western Pacific are amphibious assault carriers, so they have a flat deck without any jump-based or catapult-based aircraft launch mechanisms. this is because Vertical takeoff aircraft such as the F-35B or helicopters can take off under their own power,

F-35B Launch From Uss Tripoli (Lha 7).

F-35B launch from USS Tripoli (LHA 7).

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Yes actually, The flat deck may also affect the payload capacity of the America-class ships. This is not its greatest asset, especially when compared to the USS Gerald R. Ford, the most modern and powerful aircraft carrier available to its Navy. Now, that compares to 3,400 of these ships costing Ford about $10,000 million.

The figures for the America class ships are staggering. They weigh more than 45 tonnes with maximum load and They measure 257 meters in length by 32 in beam., Two gas turbines producing 70,000 horsepower each are responsible for its propulsion. Thanks to them, it reaches a cruising speed of 20 knots (37 km / h). Apart from four radars to detect any threats from land, sea and air, these light aircraft carriers have six missile launchers (Rolling Airframe, Sea Sparrow and Phalanx) as well as three MK 38 machine guns and seven dual .50 Caliber is a submachine gun. ,

However, the characteristics of these Lightning aircraft carriers show that the US does not intend -for now- attack any Asian region, intended primarily to perform a maritime control or rejection function, Using it in an offensive operation would be a very risky move on the part of a North American superpower.

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US-class amphibious ship USS Tripoli It was already tested between the months of March and April of this year, The result was successful, as 20 aircraft from three Marine Infantry Fighter Attack Squadrons operated without problems. The crew completed 2,502 hours of flying operations and covered approximately 75,000 kms during the support exercise. In this form, it was shown that it could act more like a light aircraft carrier than a standard amphibious ship.

A Model F-35B On The Uss Tripoli.

A model F-35B on the USS Tripoli.

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During the months of testing, the USS Tripoli sailed with more than a dozen F-35Bs. It is a short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth-generation fighter with advanced capabilities, ranging from in the middle 800 and 900 kms,

Tripoli’s commanding officer, Carl Thomas, isn’t sold on the term “power carrier.” He prefers to call it an “assault carrier”. In fact, the US Vice Admiral is convinced that the amphibious assault ship is China has more reliable than either of the two aircraft carriers currently in service,

Even then, the statistics don’t prove it right, because the Fujian – the aircraft carrier that China presented last July – joins the Asian giant’s fleet of 350 warships, compared to the US Navy’s 296. Among its ships, there are other gems of the Chinese Navy, such as the Nanchang, the most powerful battleship in the world.

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