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Russia and China perfected ‘carrier killer’ missiles for decades — here’s how the US’s new carrier can stop them

"The beauty of the aircraft carrier is that you can radically and dramatically change the weapons systems by never entering the shipping yard," McGrath told Business Insider. Instead of installing new missiles or guns, you simply fly old aircraft off, and fly on new jets.
A photo taken from a Norwegian surveillance aircraft shows Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in international waters off the coast of Northern Norway on October 17, 2016.

Step aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s aircraft carrier that’s considered one of the worst in the world

The Kuznetsov is undergoing repairs and will be out of commission until 2021.

13 photos of Type 001A, China’s second and newest aircraft carrier

Type 001A completed its initial sea trial last week.
China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier departs Dalian, Liaoning province, May 2018.

The first aircraft carrier China has built is now undergoing sea trials

The Type 001A carrier is testing its power system ahead of entering service later this year. It is China's second aircraft carrier but The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) previously confirmed that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is being developed and expected by 2025.

Mattis hints at new Navy aircraft carrier strategy to throw off Russia and China in a potential future war

Mattis wants to "ensure that preparation for great power competition [with Russia and China] drives us, not simply a rotation schedule that allows me to tell you three years from now that allows me to tell you which aircraft carrier will be where in the world,"
An aerial view of HMS Queen Elizabeth on December 7, 2017.

I was invited on the Royal Navy’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier — here’s what it was like

HMS Queen Elizabeth was abuzz with preparation for a visit by Queen Elizabeth II just two days later.
Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier

Russia is desperately trying to save its only aircraft carrier — that’s outdated and plagued with problems

Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov will be undergoing a repair and refitting overhaul for the next three years.
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transit the Atlantic Ocean while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) on February 16, 2018.

Watch the US send an aircraft carrier to the Middle East while the US and Russia feud over Syria

"We're ready for any mission, anywhere, any time ... The president can send us wherever he wants, with whatever mission he's got, and we're ready to go."
F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate air power over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Trump appears on the verge of striking Syria — here’s a look at US firepower in the region

President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that US missiles were coming to strike Syria, despite Russia's threats to shoot down incoming US weapons.

21 photos that show just how imposing US aircraft carriers are

Spanning 1,092 feet long — three times the length of a football field — Nimitz-class warships like the USS George H.W. Bush are the largest aircraft carriers.