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Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under water

Wreck of long-lost WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet found after 76 years, nearly 17,500 feet under waterFor 76 years, she lay on the ocean floor, a quiet tomb for 140 sailors who died the day she sank. Now, for the first time since then, humans have laid eyes on the Hornet.



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China's Worst F-35 and Aircraft Carrier Nightmare Is About to Come True

China's Worst F-35 and Aircraft Carrier Nightmare Is About to Come TrueJapan's cabinet on Dec. 18, 2018 approved a plan to modify the Japanese navy's two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to embark F-35B stealth fighters.



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US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missiles

US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missilesThe US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world’s largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.



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First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrier

First F-35 crash occurs on same day stealth jet lands on British carrierThe US military has announced an F-35B Lightning II stealth jet has crashed, the first such loss to the programme. The US Marine Corps said the plane came down near Beaufort, South Carolina, on Friday. The American pilot safely ejected and was evaluated by medical personnel. There were no civilian casualties. An investigation into the crash was launched although the fleet was not grounded, suggesting the cause was not thought to be a fundamental design or safety flaw. Britain has said it will buy 138 F-35B jets, the same variant as the one that crashed, and has committed money for the first 48. The crash occurred on the same day as the Ministry of Defence announced the first F-35B jets had landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, marking Britain’s return to carrier strike operations. An MoD spokesman told the Telegraph the UK was not looking to ground its fleet of F-35 aircraft, but that the Aviation Safety Authority would keep that decision under review. An F-35B Lightning II jet on the flight deck of the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after making one of the first ever vertical landings. September 25 2018.   Credit: Lockheed Martin/MoD/Crown copyright/PA The 17-year F-35 programme has been widely criticised for cost and combat effectiveness. Of the three aircraft variants, the ‘B’ model is designed for vertical take-off and landing. The engineering constraints necessary for such manoeuvres reduces the room for weapons and fuel. However, both the US Marine Corps and the British government decided the flexibility afforded by vertical lift, combined with shorter – and therefore cheaper – aircraft carriers, meant the ‘B’ model was the preferred option. On Friday Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 programme, announced a deal with the US government for an additional 141 jets had reduced the unit cost of future purchases across all variants. As a result, the next batch of British F-35B aircraft will be reduced in cost by 5.7 per cent to $ 115.5 million (£88.6 million) per airframe.   Vice Admiral Mat Winter, the F-35 programme executive officer, said: “driving down cost is critical to the success of this program. “We are delivering on our commitment to get the best price for taxpayers and war fighters.”



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Could China Turn Russia Into an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?

Could China Turn Russia Into an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?The only downside for China would be that a Russian carrier would take up space and industrial capacity in Chinese yards, but this is a small price to pay. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has entered what is expected to be a substantial refit.



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The Reason the Navy Is Exploding Bombs Near Its New Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

The Reason the Navy Is Exploding Bombs Near Its New Nuclear Aircraft CarrierWill the new USS Ford carrier be able to withstand major underwater explosions? The US Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said. Service weapons testers will detonate a wide range of bombs, to include a variety of underwater sea mines to assess the carrier’s ability to withstand enemy attacks “Shock Trials,” as they are called, are typically one of the final stages in the Navy process designed to bring warships from development to operational deployment.



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China’s First Homemade Carrier Is Conducting Sea Trials

China’s First Homemade Carrier Is Conducting Sea TrialsDelayed sea trial being conducted in the Bohai Sea with the vessel expected to be delivered by the end of the year and fully commissioned by 2020. The first aircraft carrier made in China’s headed into open waters on Sunday morning for its first sea trial, away from prying eyes in the Bohai Sea, a gulf surrounded by Chinese territory.



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China's first home-built carrier sets out for sea trials

China's first home-built carrier sets out for sea trialsChina’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier left its northeastern port to begin sea trials on Sunday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country’s efforts to modernize its military. The official Xinhua news agency confirmed the ship had left for trials with a short announcement. “Our country’s second aircraft carrier set sail from its dock in the Dalian shipyard for relevant waters to conduct a sea trial mission, mainly to inspect and verify the reliability and stability of mechanical systems and other equipment,” Xinhua said.



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China's first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials

China's first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trialsBEIJING (AP) — China's first entirely home-built aircraft carrier began sea trials Sunday in a sign of the growing sophistication of the country's domestic arms industry.



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First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media

First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state mediaChina’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, state media said, a landmark in Beijing’s ambitious plans to modernise its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters. The carrier, known only as “Type 001A”, set out for the trials from a port in northeastern China at around 6.45 am (2245 GMT Saturday), according to state broadcaster CCTV. Footage aired by CCTV showed the imposing ship accompanied by several smaller military craft leaving a wharf and heading out to sea under grey skies.



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