China’s Growing Carrier Force

Reuben F. Johnson | 07/07/2022

China recently launched its third aircraft carrier and first with a flat deck and catapult launch system. The rapid construction of three carriers in a decade demonstrates Chinese industrial prowess but questions remain about how soon Beijing will be able to operate them effectively. Above, the Fujian is towed out of dry dock during its launch ceremony in Shanghai on June 17. China is rapidly modernizing its navy, as illustrated by the recent launch of its third aircraft carrier in...

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