A year ago, the long-term future of aircraft carriers appeared in doubt. With the emergence of strong performances by large-deck amphibious ships for carrier-like missions and the relatively large price tag for new carrier construction, many defense analysts were predicting a cut in the future carrier fleet. Now, though, carrier programs are securely anchored in the Pentagon budget strategy – even with the threat of sequestration – and there is no more talk of reducing the fleet. Not ...

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