15 November 2018

Are Aircraft Carriers Still Relevant?


The debate over the centrality of the aircraft carrier in fleet structure continues unabated over 70 years since it came of age during World War II. The discourse over the decades – and this picked up steam in recent years – has been that anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) weaponry like submarines and missiles, or even drone swarms in the future, will dethrone the “Queen of the Waves” from her exalted position. Much of the debate focuses on how dangerous these threats are to the carrier. There is [...]