The Chinese military has confirmed that it has a new aircraft carrier. The yet unnamed vessel is actually an unfinished Soviet-era aircraft carrier originally named the Varyag, bought from the Ukraine about a year ago for $20 million, and now being refitted. It is widely believed that the Chinese are in the process of building two more aircraft carriers on their own.
Here then, is the Chinese aircraft carrier fleet, along with its specifications:
Here is the US aircraft carrier fleet, along with its specifications:
Ten of the eleven aircraft carriers in the US fleet are Nimitz-class carriers. Three more carriers of a new design (Gerald R. Ford class) are in the pike. These are expected to replace three of the ones currently in use, though this may change depending upon naval requirements.
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- China’s New Aircraft Carrier (delamagente.wordpress.com)