US backbone and the middle east

Robert Harley harley@argote.ch
Thu, 25 Apr 2002 22:46:20 +0200 (CEST)


Luis Villa quoted:
>What is more, no equivalent concentration of power to a US carrier
>task force exists in the world; the few UK, French and Indian
>carriers are minuscule by comparison, the Russian ones rusting away.

Actually, as is quite well known, there is one aircraft carrier
roughly comparable to the US's Nimitz class: France's Charles de
Gaulle.  It is alone with the US's big carriers in combining nuclear
propulsion, modern equipment, size and runway length for dozens of
conventional warplanes, several years autonomy etc, even if it is half
the size.  It is also quite well known that other carriers than these
are indeed nowhere close i.e, old / small / semi-operational, diesel /
steam-turbine / gas-turbine propulsion, space for a handful of VTOL
planes and helicopters etc.

Bye,
  Rob.
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