A Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Homeported in Japan: An Unfeasible Replacement
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This research paper identifies the difficulties of determining the correct regional tailoring of aircraft carrier presence in the Western Pacific once the sole remaining conventionally powered aircraft carrier, the USS KITTYHAWK, is decommissioned in 2008. Mathematical or statistical models are not utilized. Japanese economic and political factors were considered in the development of an argument that the Japanese government would be unlikely to provide authorization for a nuclear aircraft carrier to he homeported in Japanese waters. Additionally, current forces already in the region can, with only slight modification, negate the strategic impact the loss of this platform would make to regional stability and security.
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies