Pentagon Plan Radically Alters Carrier Fleet

F-35Bs parked on USS America’s (LHA-6) flight deck
F-35Bs are parked on the USS America’s (LHA-6) flight deck during the Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept Demonstration.
Credit: Marine Corps Cpl. Thor Larson
Less than one month before the U.S. presidential election, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is promoting a sweeping new redesign of the future U.S. Navy to compete with China. That plan calls for a dramatic increase in the shipbuilding budget but could substantially reduce the size of the aircraft...

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