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The US sent an aircraft carrier to ‘send a message’ to Iran — but it’s at a major disadvantage

Aircraft carriers are powerful tools, but Iran has many ways to thwart their power and even threaten them in the confined waters of the Persian Gulf.
China's aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in a military drill of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018.

China has a 3rd aircraft carrier in the works, and it could be a really big deal, Pentagon reveals

China is working on a third aircraft carrier, one expected to be much more technologically advanced than its predecessors, the Pentagon reported.
US Navy handout photo of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

How the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier lives on in other US Navy flattops

Parts from the USS Enterprise — the "Big E" — are being incorporated into other US Navy carriers. See where the pieces of this big ship are going.
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018.

China wants to turn its training aircraft carrier into a combat ship — here’s how it stacks up against US carriers

China has more planned for its first aircraft carrier than just training, as it is now pushing to transform the Liaoning into a combat ship.
The USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time, April 8, 2017.

The Navy’s new $13 billion supercarriers have a high-tech feature that is apparently driving Trump crazy

Trump has called the USS Gerald R. Ford supercarrier a "100,000-ton message to the world," but there is one thing about it he just can't let go.
China's DF-26 "carrier killer" missile takes flight in unprecedented test footage.

China’s new ‘carrier killer’ video is a treasure trove of military intel that should worry the US Navy

The unprecedented video offered a treasure trove of military intelligence to the US about the DF-26, including that US carriers are at grave risk.
Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier got a long-missing piece of gear in December, helping to solve a problem the Navy secretary has bet his job o...

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer once said he'd bet his job on finally outfitting the USS Gerald R. Ford with its weapons elevators.
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and container ship USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo behind the Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, during Valiant Shield 2018.

A Chinese admiral said his country should ‘attack’ US supercarriers with new weapons, but the US Navy is already scrambling to counter the...

China's military advances threaten the US Navy's effectiveness in disputed waters near China, a reality the Navy is looking for ways to counter.
A S-3A Viking from the anti-submarine squadron VS-37 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, December 11 1986.

The US Navy’s carriers have a gaping hole in their defenses against a growing threat, and drones may soon fill it

The Navy phased out several aircraft after the Cold War. Now, with similar threats emerging, it may need to find new ways to regain old abilities.
An F-35B during tanker testing over the Patuxent River corridor in October 2015.

Japan unveiled new plans for an F-35 aircraft carrier — and it’s a Chinese navy killer

The new F-35 carriers will not only give Japan its first true aircraft carriers since World War II, but seem ideal for taking on the Chinese navy.