Aircraft Carriers III


Jura

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There is no dispute that the Nimitz class at 100,000 tonnes is capable of delivering sorties far ahead of the sum of smaller CVL's. Studies including a very recent one done by RAND testify to such facts. .

The recent conversation about the LHA America class with its accompanying F-35B's is about the prospect of a highly capable 5th generation asset coupled to a LHA and potentially the increase flexibility that it it can offer to mission planning. The F-35B itself is a force multiplier and I think is highly under appreciated of what it can offer viz a viz 4th generation platforms.

The graphical comparison of the F-117 vs 4th gen strike package in delivering the desired effects is not some hypothetical conversation. It is actually based on the 1st Iraqi war where the first strike package totaling 60 units of F-16s with Wild Weasel support was unable to accomplish a mission to destroy a nuclear facility near Baghdad. It was subsequently executed by the F-117s in a smaller strike package with a much smaller support footprint. The F-35B's being much more capable than the F-117 has the potential to offer much more in weight disproportionate to the size of its airwing on board a LHA be it 12 or 20.

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F-35B Wunderwaffe again
 

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

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U.S. Navy Logistics Specialist 1st Class Shellie Morris, from Marysville, California, unloads cargo from a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 40, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Yaovi Ammetto, from West Africa, walks on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as an E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, lands on the flight deck in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua L. Leonard)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Andrew McIngvale, left, from Hernando, Mississippi, services the tail wheel on an MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarrod A. Schad)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Nicholas Chisholm, from Waupaca, Wisconsin, carries chains on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarrod A. Schad)

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Jura

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There is no in between with you. It is either super maneuver or flying brick. By that measure than F15, F16, F/A18, Eurofighter, are all flying bricks. F14 must have been a flying Brickyard.
at one point we'll see if the F-35A is good enough to patrol hot spots
 

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

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U.S. Navy Logistics Specialist 1st Class Shellie Morris, from Marysville, California, unloads cargo from a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 40, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Yaovi Ammetto, from West Africa, walks on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as an E-2D Hawkeye, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, lands on the flight deck in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua L. Leonard)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Andrew McIngvale, left, from Hernando, Mississippi, services the tail wheel on an MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarrod A. Schad)

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U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Nicholas Chisholm, from Waupaca, Wisconsin, carries chains on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 9, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarrod A. Schad)

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"Chain gang"
 

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U.S. Navy Airman Richard Novo, from Miami, chains down a training aircraft in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 5, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brennen Easter)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 26, 2019) – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jonathan Agbenu (left) and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Charles Williamson chain down an aircraft’s landing gear during a crash and salvage drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron Sperle)

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gotta grease up those chains once a week so they don't rust...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 22, 2019) - Lance Cpl. Isaiah Daniels, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), performs maintenance on chains securing a MV-22B Osprey to the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), Oct. 22, 2019. Bataan is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaitlin Rowell)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 22, 2019) - Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Tad Reinsch assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), chains a MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (Reinforced), to Bataan's flight deck, Oct. 22, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Macdonald)

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July 7th 2013..Plane captains assigned to the Wolf Pack of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 wait to chain down an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jess Lewis/Released)
 

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