China ‘s new carrier
Definitely a “blue-water” long reach vessel. Plus they can service their nuke sub fleet in-between the twin hulls ( sight unseen ) or even launch amphibious opps from same.
It will be launched in half the time it takes the US at just one-third the cost (they don’t outsource their labor).
Add the new Chinese naval version stealth fighter bomber already in flight-testing to the mix and you have the makings of a formidable weapons system indeed.
Also look at that extra ”parking and readiness” station between both hull structures. And of course the launching and landing capabilities from the utilization of two flight decks at once.
Six of these vessels (two pacific, two Atlantic, one Indian ocean and one on the Med) would ‘carry’ pretty good big stick diplomacy.
BTW, the Chinese are already drilling for oil off Cuba , Brazil and Venezuela . Can they build a fleet of these things?
Also BTW, the Chinese have completed the world’s biggest dam (three gorges), the world’s longest over-water bridge (65 times as much steel as in the Eiffel tower), constructed a 15,000 ft. High railroad into Tibet (all considered major engineering feats).
China is the only nation other than Russia that can launch men into outer space (our capability ended with the last space shuttle launch . They have also shot down a surveillance satellite (one of their own) from the ground. Plus, they own us in the international debt game.
China ‘s new carrier could be twice as fast as anything we have, plus the stability of a catamaran type hull will greatly reduce the pitching, yawing and swaying common to our present designs.
Oh, and we can thank Wal-Mart and our lust for stuff cheap for this. as well as a billion Chinese who live in miserable life styles to satisfy a government that exploits their labors.
It appears that some profitable thought should be given to advising your grandchildren to learn mandarin Chinese(forget Spanish).