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I think you'l find the Fleet Air Arm of the British Navy have a long and distinguished history of carrier based flying, we may not have the resources of the US Navy but we certainly have equal skills
Originally posted by mel1962
Originally posted by cyberdude78
Unless they can get the Russains to help them out with it. I'd imagine the Ruskies know a thing or two about carrier flying. Maybe not enough to make them very combat effective, but surely enough to get the Chinese Navy started. Every country needs to start somewhere, it's not as if the USN suddenly had carriers with trained pilots.
Its more than the pilots which take a minimum of 5 to 10 years, the firefighting, the carrier tactics. The Russians only had 2 carriers and had poor training, only in the USN can you get the proper training. The only other nation with such training was the JEN during WWII.
Originally posted by Hiphar
I think it is great that China is getting a carrier! It will be amusing to see them learn all the lessons of serious carrier warfare that took the US about 70 years to perfect. Their hardware (being inferior) will combine with their experience level (also inferior) to make some spetacular failures, from either operations or combat, a certainty. Besides, China's new carrier will make some really nice coral reafs after any future conflict with the West.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
The IN is setting its sights on projecting influence into the Pacific?