The US Navy offers 3 options for the future of its naval force

For many years, US Navy shipbuilding planning has been chaotic to say the least, with successive plans and objectives diverging, sometimes even contradicting. The subject is also the subject of fierce opposition between Republican senators and representatives, supporters of a massive fleet, and their Democratic counterparts who wish to keep the defense budget under control. Beyond the sometimes fanciful ambitions presented in recent years, and the many tussles that have opposed the Pentagon to American parliamentarians, particularly regarding the withdrawal of certain buildings, it was therefore necessary for the US Navy to present a coherent strategy...

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12 aircraft carriers, 50 frigates: the US Navy returns to its fundamentals

To say that US Navy planning has been chaotic for the past 30 years would be an understatement. Between calamitous and chronically overcost programs such as the Zumwalt destroyers, the Littoral Combat Ship corvettes, or the Seawolf submarines, significant technical difficulties such as for the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and objectives marked by political considerations and economic, and not by operational needs, the prospects and options of the world's leading naval force have been irremediably darkened, while at the same time, the naval powers of its main competitors such as Russia and especially China, have developed with rigor…

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What will be the capabilities of the future Chinese Type 003 aircraft carrier?

It has now been a year since the first blocks of China's future Type 003 aircraft carrier were moved from their assembly area to the dry dock at Jiangnan Shipyards in Shanghai, and the new ship is now taking shape as observations by Chinese spotters, especially when they take a commercial flight passing over these industrial facilities. Thus, last week, pictures showed that the ship had received its island, and that the entire hull had been finalized, allowing to have a more precise idea of ​​what this ship will be, of its operational capacities...

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US Navy Changes Planning Targets To Respond To Chinese Threat

The end of President Trump's mandate was, as we know, chaotic to say the least. One area, among others, puzzled many observers, that of industrial planning and the format of the US Navy, marked by initiatives as late as disproportionate from the US administration. Thus, a few weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Donald Trump passed a law conferring very high format objectives on the US Navy, with 355 combat ships in 2030, and more than 500 buildings in 2045, even though no realistic planning had been implemented on this subject during the 4 years...

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The US Navy doubts the interest of a new class of light aircraft carrier

For several years now, the US Navy has been struggling to define a strategic plan to modernize its fleet and maintain the upper hand over the Chinese fleet in full transformation. Many avenues have been proposed in order to meet the very significant needs in a constrained budgetary context, including the replacement of part of the Super Aircraft Carriers of the Ford class which are to replace the no less imposing Nimitz currently in service, by lighter conventionally powered aircraft carriers, intended to intervene where the power of a Ford was not required. This approach was also integrated into the short-lived Navy 2045 plan presented by the Secretary to…

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The US Navy studies the concept of a light aircraft carrier to replace the super aircraft carriers of the Ford class

Shortly before his ouster by Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper presented his "Battle Force 2045" plan, which proposed to implement by 2045 a naval force of 500 units, of which nearly 200 would be autonomous or with a reduced crew, in order to be able to meet the challenge now posed by the Chinese Navy. In addition to the many autonomous ships and the increase in the number of frigates and submarines, this plan also proposed to replace part of the very expensive super aircraft carriers of the Ford class by light aircraft carriers, intended to carry out operations more specific for which…

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Submarines, light aircraft carriers, robotic ships .. the US Navy details its upcoming format

What was until now only a supported hypothesis has now taken on the stature of a long-term project. Indeed, Mark Esper, the American Secretary of Defense, detailed yesterday during a speech, the provisional format of the US Navy in the 25 years to come. As said previously, the objective will be to reach, by 2045, a format of 500 combat ships while respecting the objective of 355 buildings in 2030, in order to contain the Chinese rise in power. But far from being a simple homothetic extension of the current format, this new format, largely constrained by its budget and its human volume, also leads to a profound upheaval...

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The US Navy will have to reduce the tonnage of its aircraft carriers to maintain its format

The Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier is unquestionably today the most powerful combat ship that has ever sailed the oceans. Designed to support a very high intensity activity, and to withstand saturating attacks and multiple damage, it represents the archetype of the combat aircraft carrier intended to implement the some 65 combat aircraft and the ten helicopters which form its embarked air group closest to the adversary. But the Gerald R. Ford class suffers from a major defect, its price! With a unit construction cost exceeding $12 billion, and an overall cost of ownership of…

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The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completes its Flight Deck Certification equipped with EMALS and AAG

While the question of the usefulness of super aircraft carriers still arises within the US Navy, the new generation of nuclear aircraft carriers (CVN) continues to be developed. Compared to the current Nimitzes, the Ford class is equipped with new nuclear reactors and a next-generation combat system. But, above all, it has swapped traditional steam catapults for new generation electromagnetic systems. It is also through General Atomics – Electromagnetic Systems that we learned that the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) had completed its Flight Desk Certification, in particular using electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) and the strands of stops…

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The US Department of Defense wants to withdraw 2 aircraft carriers from the US Navy

As we have already widely echoed here, the US Navy's planning for the construction of ships in the years to come today faces great uncertainties. It is indeed caught between the demands of President Trump, taken up by his Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in order to constitute a fleet of 2030 ships by 355 (compared to 293 today), the will of the General Staff of the 'US Navy to strengthen and rationalize its surface fleet at the expense of numbers, and a budget which has already reached its ceiling, and which will not be able, in the current circumstances, to progress in the…

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